Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – January 5, 2015

Poll shows Utahns want Congress and President Obama to compromise. Utah GOP makes their case for delaying SB 54. Mia Love says embattled House Majority Whip should keep his job.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 21
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 66
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 218
  • Days to the 2015 election – 302
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 378
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 673

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new Congress gets down to work today. Republican leaders say they'll act fast to enact their agenda [New York Times].
  2. A new poll shows nearly 80% of Utahns want the new Republican-controlled Congress to compromise with President Obama [Utah Policy].
  3. The Utah Republican Party releases a poll showing public support for delaying the implementation of the SB 54 compromise [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  4. Rep. Mia Love says House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise should keep his job despite the controversy surrounding his speech to a white supremacist group in 2002 [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  5. A new analysis of campaign donations finds special interest groups donated 80% of the money to Utah lawmakers during the 2014 cycle [Tribune].
  6. The deadline passes for the federal government to turn over control of public lands within the state [Associated Press].
  7. Sen. Scott Jenkins is proposing a bill that would prevent unaffiliated voters from participating in party primary elections [Tribune].
  8. Three Salt Lake County officials, including Mayor Ben McAdams, failed to pay their property taxes on time in 2014 [Tribune].
  9. Utah's population should top 3 million sometime this year [Deseret News].
  10. The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev gets underway today with jury selection [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1925 – Nellie T. Ross succeeded her late husband as governor of Wyoming, becoming the first female governor in U.S. history.
  • 1949 – In his State of the Union address, President Harry S. Truman labeled his domestic program the "Fair Deal."
  • 1973 – Bruce Springsteen's debut album, "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.," was released.
  • 1994 – Former House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill died in Boston at age 81.