Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – January 20, 2015

Obama to call for tax hikes/cuts during Tuesday's SOTU. Former Speaker Becky Lockhart dies. Less than 1/5 of Utahns want to keep the caucus system.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 6
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 51
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 203
  • Days to the 2015 election – 287
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 363
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 658

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night. He is expected to call for a tax hike on the wealthy and a tax cut for the middle class [New York Times, Washington Post].
  2. Former Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart passes away at the age of 46 [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News]. A public memorial for Lockhart is scheduled for Thursday [Tribune].
  3. A survey finds very little support for returning to Utah's caucus and convention system…even among Republicans [Utah Policy].
  4. Former Rep. Jim Matheson blasts the caucus system as a "joke" [Utah Policy].
  5. A proposed bill would turn public schools into state-run charter schools if they have three consecutive years of low performance on standardized testing [Tribune].
  6. Rep. Brian King wants Utah to recognize Religious Freedom Day as a holiday in the state [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Sen. Allen Christensen says he will push his own proposal for dealing with Medicaid expansion during the 2015 session [Standard Examiner].
  8. Mitt Romney will headline an event at Abravanel Hall on Wednesday night [Tribune].
  9. A new poll shows most Utahns want the BYU and the University of Utah football game to be an annual event again [Utah Policy].
  10. Standard Examiner political reporter Antone Clark passes away from cancer at the age of 60 [Standard Examiner].

On this day in history:

  • 1801 – John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.
  • 1981 – Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States.
  • 1981 – Iran released 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days.
  • 2009 – Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States.