Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – December 12, 2014

Congress passes a spending bill. Herbert proposes a massive funding boost for education. Romney making more noise about 2016.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 45
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 90
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 242
  • Days to the 2015 election – 326
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 402
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 697

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Congress passes a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep most of the government running through September despite an attempt by Democrats to derail the measure [The Hill].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert's $14.3 billion budget proposal includes $500 million in new spending for education [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  3. Bob Bernick breaks down Herbert's "sleight of hand" which takes from transportation to pay for his education initiatives [Utah Policy].
  4. Confidants of Mitt Romney say he's becoming "more open" about possibly running for president in 2016 [Politico].
  5. Former gubernatorial candidate "Super Dell" Schanze disrupts a courtroom hearing and is taken into custody [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. A new report says many Utah students lack the skills necessary to enter the workforce [Deseret News].
  7. Former Utah Republican Party leader Marco Diaz is facing child abuse charges for an incident involving his teenage son [Tribune].
  8. Tooele Mayor Patrick Dunlavy opposes relocating the prison to his area saying it will not bring an economic benefit to his city [ABC 4].
  9. A study concludes foreign born Latinos account for $1.8 billion of economic activity annually in Utah [Tribune].
  10. Saturday will be the last sequential date (12/13/14) of this century [Smithsonian].

On this day in history:

  • 1787 – Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution
  • 1998 – The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth article of impeachment against President Bill Clinton and submitted the case to the full House.
  • 2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court halted the presidential recount in Florida, effectively declaring George W. Bush the winner.