Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – December 23, 2014

Jon Huntsman Sr. blasts Sen. Mike Lee. There will be no decision on relocating the prison during the 2015 session. Love picks Piatt as her communications director.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 34
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 79
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 231
  • Days to the 2015 election – 315
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 391
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 686

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Jon Huntsman Sr. does not mince words when talking about Sen. Mike Lee, calling him an "embarrassment" and refusing to meet with him [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. There will be no decision on relocating the prison during the 2015 Legislative Session [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. There's a chance the prison may not move at all [Tribune].
  4. Our latest poll shows Republicans and members of the LDS Church really disagree with President Obama on immigration [Utah Policy].
  5. Mia Love names veteran TV journalist Richard Piatt as her communications director [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Gas prices dip below $2 a gallon in some parts of Utah [Daily Herald].
  7. North Korea suffers a massive internet outage [Bloomberg].
  8. Oklahoma is set to resume executions via lethal injection [New York Times].
  9. Zions Bank celebrates winning a prestigious award from the Department of Defense [Utah Policy].
  10. A federal court says a UDOT policy requiring groups wanting to hold demonstrations along state-owned roads to buy insurance is unconstitutional [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1783 – George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va.
  • 1788 – Maryland passed an act to cede a parcel of land for the seat of the national government, part of which later became the District of Columbia.
  • 1968 – 82 members of the U.S. ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they were captured.
  • 1997 – A federal jury in Denver convicted Terry Nichols of involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.