Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – December 29, 2014

Obama says he will continue to push for immigration reform. Dueling police rallies in Salt Lake City. Matheson says goodbye.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 28
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 73
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 225
  • Days to the 2015 election – 309
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 385
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 680

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama says he plans to continue to work on immigration reform during the final two years of his presidency [NPR].
  2. The search for a missing AirAsia plane continues, but officials say the airliner is likely at the bottom of the Java Sea [Fox News].
  3. A Greek ferry en route to Italy caught fire stranding hundreds of passengers on the Adriatic Sea [CNN].
  4. A pro-police rally in downtown Salt Lake City draws a number of counter protesters [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. The Constitution Party wants to join the Utah GOP's lawsuit against SB 54 [Fox 13].
  6. Rep. Jim Matheson is retiring from Congress, but he may not be finished with politics [Deseret News].
  7. Matheson offers his benediction in an op-ed [Tribune].
  8. Rep. Becky Lockhart reflects on her term as Utah's first woman Speaker of the House [Tribune].
  9. The head of the Crossroads Urban Center says business groups are driving the effort to move the downtown homeless shelter [Tribune].
  10. Sony says their PlayStation Network is getting back online after hackers took the service down over the holidays [Huffington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1845 – Texas was admitted to the Union as the 28th state.
  • 1916 – Gregory Rasputin, the monk who wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.
  • 1989 – Vaclav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia, becoming the first non-Communist to hold the post in more than four decades.
  • 1999 – The NASDAQ closed above 4,000 for the first time.