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.

Countdown:

  • 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.