Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – February 9, 2015

Utahns favor concealed weapons on campus. Lawmakers propose a gas-tax hike. Two bills seeking to kill the Count My Vote compromise advance to the Senate floor.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 31
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 183
  • Days to the 2015 election – 267
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 343
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 350
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 505
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 638

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. 51% of Utahns favor allowing concealed weapons on Utah's public college and university campuses [Utah Policy].
  2. Rep. Curt Oda wants anyone to be able to carry a concealed weapon without a permit as long as there is no bullet in the chamber [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. Sen. Kevin Van Tassell is proposing a 10 cents per gallon gas tax hike [Tribune].
  4. Lawmakers advance a pair of bills sponsored by Sen. Scott Jenkins that seek to undo last year's Count My Vote compromise [Deseret NewsTribune].
  5. Lawmakers get ready to brawl over competing Medicaid expansion plans [Utah Policy].
  6. A Senate committee holds Jenkins' bill requiring government to replace older cars with alternative-fuel or high efficiency vehicles [Deseret News].
  7. A report from the University of Utah says Utah's quest to take control of federal lands in the state could backfire on the state [Tribune].
  8. Rep. Merrill Nelson says the state prison should remain in Draper [Utah Policy].
  9. Lawmakers will begin negotiations this week over non-discrimination and religious liberty legislation [Tribune].
  10. Gov. Gary Herbert unveils his review of Common Core saying the state remains in control of its public education [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1825 – The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
  • 1861 – The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.
  • 1950 – Sen. Joseph McCarthy, during a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. He never provided any evidence to substantiate his claims.
  • 1964 – The Beatles made their first live American TV appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."