Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – January 26, 2015

Utah Legislature gets underway. Romney reportedly considering a run because of his LDS faith. Utah County GOP opposes Healthy Utah.


  • Today is the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 45
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 197
  • Days to the 2015 election – 281
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 357
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 364
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 519
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 652

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Utah Legislature gets underway today. Utahns rank education funding, preparing high school students for the job market and developing energy resources in the state as their top priorities [Utah Policy].
  2. Dealing with the gasoline tax is expected to be a big battle on the Hill this session [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. People close to Mitt Romney say he's considering a third run for president because of his Mormon faith [New York Times].
  4. GOP presidential hopefuls gather in Iowa to court voters [Wall Street Journal].
  5. The Utah County GOP votes to oppose Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  6. Accused fraudster Mark Sessions Jenson claims he paid off an associate of former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to continue with his access to Shurtleff during a criminal prosecution [Tribune].
  7. Utah Democrats honor the career of former Rep. Jim Matheson at their annual fundraiser [Deseret News].
  8. Utah's unemployment rate drops to 3.5% [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  9. Rep. Rob Bishop is pushing a measure to allow the U.S. Border Patrol to enforce, or waive, environmental laws within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border [Tribune].
  10. The east coast, including New York and Boston, is bracing for a massive snow storm that has already caused the cancelation of hundreds of flights [New York Daily News].

On this day in history:

  • 1837 – Michigan became the 26th state.
  • 1861 – Louisiana seceded from the Union.
  • 1870 – Virginia rejoined the Union.
  • 1998 – President Bill Clinton denied having an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, telling reporters, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."
  • 2005 – Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as secretary of state.