Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – January 6, 2015

Congress gets down to work today. 3/4 of Utahns say our own delegation should be held responsible for Congressional dysfunction. Hatch says Romney would win if he runs in 2016.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 20
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 65
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 217
  • Days to the 2015 election – 301
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 377
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 672

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The new Congress is sworn in today. While it's the most diverse ever, it's makeup is still 80% white, 80% male and 92% Christian [Washington Post].
  2. Utah's Congressional delegation will have a lot of influence in the new Congress when it gets underway [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  3. Our latest poll shows 3/4 of Utahns say our own members of Congress should be held responsible if dysfunction continues in Washington [Utah Policy].
  4. Sen. Orrin Hatch says he thinks Mitt Romney would win going away if he were to run again in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  5. Attorney General Sean Reyes takes the oath of office again [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Rep. Merrill Nelson is behind a bill to allow the state prison to stay in Draper [Tribune].
  7. The Utah GOP continues their fight again SB 54 [Deseret News].
  8. Utah schools with fewer minority students tended to do outperform those schools that were more diverse [Tribune].
  9. The price of oil drops below $50 a barrel for the first time since 2009 [Bloomberg].
  10. Tune in alert – Frontline examines how the NRA became a political powerhouse in America [PBS].

On this day in history:

  • 1912 – New Mexico became the 47th state.
  • 1994 – Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg in an assault planned by the ex-husband of her rival, Tonya Harding.
  • 2001 – Congress certified Republican George W. Bush the winner of the close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.