Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – January 28, 2015

LDS Church voices support for non-discrimination and religious liberty legislation. Utahns rank education and job development as most important factors for Utah's future. House committee holds campaign finance limit bill.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 43
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 195
  • Days to the 2015 election – 279
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 355
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 362
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 517
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 650

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. LDS Church officials voice support for non-discrimination and religious liberty legislation [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. A new poll shows Utahns rank education and job development as most important to Utah's future [Utah Policy].
  3. Lawmakers take their first crack at next year's public education budget [Deseret News].
  4. A House committee holds Rep. Brian King's bill setting limits on campaign contributions [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Sen. Alvin Jackson wants to make all school board elections in the state partisan affairs [Tribune].
  6. Sen. Gene Davis wants the state to accept full Medicaid expansion from the federal government [Utah Policy].
  7. The state liquor commission proposes higher fines for those caught serving liquor to minors [Tribune].
  8. An internal survey from the Ralph Becker campaign shows him in good shape during his bid for a third term as Salt Lake City Mayor [Utah Policy].
  9. Sen. Mike Lee is named as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights [Deseret News].
  10. Clark Gilbert, CEO of Deseret Digital Media, has been named as the new president of BYU-Idaho [KSL].

On this day in history:

  • 1909 – The United States ended direct control over Cuba.
  • 1986 – The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members.
  • 2003 – President George W. Bush said in his State of the Union address that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had sought uranium from Africa. (The claim was later disputed by former ambassador Joseph Wilson, who had been asked by the CIA to investigate.)
  • 2009 – The Democratic-controlled house approved a $819 billion stimulus bill.