Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – December 17, 2014

Utahns don't want to move the prison. The 113th Congress comes to an end. Jeb Bush makes a move toward running for president in 2016.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 40
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 85
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 237
  • Days to the 2015 election – 321
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 397
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 692

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Jeb Bush says he will actively explore a run for president in 2016 [Politico].
  2. The 113th Congress mercifully comes to an end after two years of dysfunction [National Journal].
  3. A majority of Utahns don't want to move the state prison according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  4. A group of Salt Lake City leaders oppose moving the prison to their city while the panel tasked with finding a new spot for the facility are looking for new potential sites to add to the list [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Sen. Mike Lee is denying he helped push through a number of appointments by President Obama with a procedural move that backfired in the waning hours of the 113th Congress [Tribune].
  6. Utah House Republicans meet in an all-day planning session ahead of the 2015 Legislature [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Why is Utah's voter turnout so low? The biggest reason is the lack of competitive elections [Utah Data Points].
  8. A new Utah Foundation report says the number of adult Utahns without a college degree is among the highest in the nation [Tribune].
  9. Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson says he won't challenge Ralph Becker in 2015 [Tribune].
  10. A new survey finds just 40% of Americans say race relations in the country are good [NBC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1903 – Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first man-powered airplane flight near Kitty Hawk, N.C.
  • 1975 – Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald R. Ford. She was paroled in 2009.
  • 1992 – President George H.W. Bush signed the North American Free Trade Act.
  • 2005 – President George W. Bush acknowledged he's personally authorized a secret eavesdropping program in the U.S. following the Sept. 11 terrorist Attacks.