Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – February 4, 2015

Another vote to repeal Obamacare. Clean air bill fails to advance. A Proposed change to Utah school board elections moves forward.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 36
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 188
  • Days to the 2015 election – 272
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 348
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 355
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 510
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 643

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The U.S. House once again votes to repeal Obamacare [National Journal].
  2. A new poll shows most Utahns would favor raising teacher salaries to match the national average [Utah Policy].
  3. Rep. Brian Greene makes a baffling statement about whether having sex with an unconscious spouse should be construed as rape [Tribune].
  4. Rep. Jon Cox, who voted for SB 54, says the legislature should not try to delay implementation of the dual-track nomination system [Utah Policy].
  5. Rep. Kraig Powell wants to raise the legal smoking age from 19 to 21 [Deseret News].
  6. A bill that would allow officials to revoke the registration of cars that emit too much smoke fails to advance [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. A Senate committee pushes forward with a bill to make school board elections partisan affairs [Deseret News].
  8. A bill would change Utah's oath of office to give the state priority over the United States [Tribune].
  9. A proposed seasonal ban on woodburning is facing big changes after public outcry [Deseret News].
  10. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams gives his State of the County address [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1783 – Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1801 – John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.
  • 1861 – Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form the Confederate States of America.
  • 2004 – The social networking website Facebook was launched.