Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – January 14, 2015

Utahns think climate change is happening and humans are partially the cause. Hughes previews the 2015 session. Bill would give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 12
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 57
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 209
  • Days to the 2015 election – 293
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 369
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 664

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. More than 3/4 of Utahns think the climate is getting warmer, and 57% say human activity is at least partially to blame [Utah Policy].
  2. Congressional Republicans are set to debate a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would also block some of President Obama's actions on immigration [Reuters].
  3. President Obama is planning an executive action to increase broadband speeds in the U.S. and reduce costs [The Verge].
  4. An Ohio bartender is indicted for threatening to kill House Speaker John Boehner [Washington Post].
  5. Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes previews the 2015 Legislature [Utah Policy].
  6. Rep. Gage Froerer unveils legislation designed to give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  7. Seven Utah lawmakers miss the deadline to complete mandatory online ethics training [Tribune].
  8. Rep. Curt Oda is proposing legislation to force the DABC to give special event liquor permits to events and festivals that meet state requirements [Tribune].
  9. Jon Huntsman Sr. called Sen. Mike Lee an "embarrassment." Jon Huntsman Jr. disagrees, calling the Senator "brilliant" during an interview [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Utah School Board officials are urging Congress to change No Child Left Behind [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1639 – Connecticut's first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, was adopted.
  • 1784 – The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.
  • 1963 – George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of "segregation forever."
  • 2008 – Republican Bobby Jindal, the first elected Indian-American governor in the United States, took office in Louisiana.