Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – January 13, 2015

Obama to meet with Congressional leaders. Lawmakers set to fight over tax hikes and budget cuts. Ryan not running for President.

Countdown:

  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 13
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 58
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 210
  • Days to the 2015 election – 294
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 370
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 665

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama is set to meet with Congressional leaders today. It's the first meeting since the GOP took control of both chambers in Congress [PBS Newshour].
  2. Rep. Paul Ryan, who was Mitt Romney's pick for vice president in 2012, says he will not run for president in 2016 [Bloomberg].
  3. The 2015 session could see battles over tax hikes and budget cuts [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  4. Utah lawmakers are bracing for a big fight over SB 54 during the upcoming session [Utah Policy].
  5. Sen. Curt Bramble says former House Speaker Becky Lockhart is suffering from an "aggressive disease" [KSL].
  6. Poll shows Utah Republicans are mostly opposed to a tax hike to provide more money for Utah's schools [Utah Policy].
  7. Utah residents favor giving tax breaks to companies that convert their truck fleets from diesel fuel to natural gas [Utah Policy]
  8. Members of Gov. Gary Herbert's committee tasked with reviewing Common Core say the education standards are either equal to or more rigorous than Utah's standards [Tribune].
  9. A judge separates the criminal cases against former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff [Tribune].
  10. Centerville officials are considering making changes to regulations governing political signs [Standard Examiner].

On this day in history:

  • 1794 – President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.
  • 1966 – Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member as he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • 1982 – An Air Florida 737 crashed into the 14th Street Bridge in Washington, D.C., after takeoff and fell into the Potomac River, killing 78 people.
  • 1990 – L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, the nation's first elected black governor, took the oath of office in Richmond.