Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – January 27, 2015

Lawmakers get down to work. Poll shows Utahns want campaign finance limits. Koch brothers set to spend $900 million on 2016 election.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 44
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 196
  • Days to the 2015 election – 280
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 356
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 363
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 518
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 651

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Utah Legislature gets underway with remembrances of former speaker Becky Lockhart [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. The House GOP casts doubt on whether Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah will make it through the Legislature [Utah Policy].
  3. A new poll shows more than two-thirds of Utahns want lawmakers to pass campaign finance limits [Utah Policy].
  4. Before they get down to budgeting, lawmakers are asking state agencies to identify inefficiencies for possible cuts [Tribune].
  5. It's not clear whether lawmakers will get a chance to debate non-discrimination and religious liberty measures during the 2015 session [Tribune].
  6. Alcohol and public health issues should be a big topic of discussion during this year's session [Deseret News].
  7. Utah's Chief Justice calls for criminal justice reform and increasing pay for the judiciary [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Any measures to address Utah's air quality will probably depend on how much money lawmakers want to spend [Tribune].
  9. A proposed billl would give judges discretion when deciding sentencing for criminal offenses [Utah Policy].
  10. The Koch brothers say they plan to spend up to $900 million on the 2016 election [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1880 – Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.
  • 1945 – Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.
  • 1951 – Atomic testing in the Nevada desert began.
  • 1973 – The Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.
  • 1998 – First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing on NBC's "Today" show, said that allegations against her husband were the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."