Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – January 7, 2015

Boehner re-elected. Former Speaker Lockhart is critically ill. Poll shows what Utahns want Congress to focus on.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 19
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 64
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 216
  • Days to the 2015 election – 300
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 376
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 671

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. John Boehner wins another term as Speaker of the U.S. House despite an unusually high number of Republican votes against him [Politico].
  2. A new poll shows Utahns want Congress to focus on issues like immigration reform and the federal debt, but not climate change [Utah Policy].
  3. President Obama would veto the Keystone XL pipeline according to a spokesperson [Washington Post].
  4. Outgoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart is critically ill with an undisclosed illness [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. President Obama commits to working with Gov. Gary Herbert on finding grounds for compromise during further negotiations over Healthy Utah [Deseret NewsTribune].
  6. Rep. Mia Love officially takes her seat in Congress [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Sen. Mike Lee is named to a leadership post by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  8. Radio host Glen Beck freaks out because Rep. Chris Stewart voted to keep Bohener as Speaker [Tribune].
  9. Legislative leaders say taxes to fund transportation projects will be going up this year [Tribune].
  10. The Salt Lake City Council picks Luke Garrott as their new chairman [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – The first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who later chose George Washington to be the nation's first president.
  • 1953 – President Harry S. Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the United States had developed the hydrogen bomb.
  • 1999 – Presidend Bill Clinton's impeachment trial began in the Senate.
  • 2006 – Rep. Tom Delay (R-Texas), facing corruption charges, stepped down as House majority leader.