Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – December 19, 2014

Report dings the Secret Service. Legislative panel gives the thumbs down to Healthy Utah. Herbert nominates Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 38
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 83
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 235
  • Days to the 2015 election – 319
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 395
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 690

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The U.S. is considering a direct confrontation with North Korea over the hacking into Sony Pictures computers [New York Times].
  2. A new report concludes the Secret Service is stretched "beyond its limits" and needs better training and staff [CNN].
  3. Oklahoma and Nebraska file suit against Colorado saying Colorado's legalization of Marijuana is causing the drug to spill into neighboring states where its still illegal [USA Today].
  4. A legislative panel rejects Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion, instead recommending two other plans [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Gov. Herbert nominates Judge Constandinos Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Bob Bernick wonders if lawmakers can be trusted to keep their promise on SB 54 [Utah Policy].
  7. More voices join the chorus calling for moving the homeless shelter in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  8. A new legislative audit says Utah's colleges and universities need better accounting of privately funded building projects [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Another audit says lawmakers need to come up with better requirements for potable water systems [Deseret News].
  10. The owner of a dog killed by a Salt Police officer this past summer plans to sue the Salt Lake Police Department for $1.5 million [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1732 – Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac."
  • 1777 – Gen. George Washington led his army to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter.
  • 1974 – Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as vice president, replacing Gerald Ford, who became president when Richard Nixon resigned.
  • 1998 – President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives. He was later acquitted by the Senate.