Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – February 17, 2015

Federal judge blocks Obama's executive actions on immigration. Poll shows Utahns want non-partisan school board elections. Hunstman being courted to challenge Lee in 2016.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 23
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 175
  • Days to the 2015 election – 259
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 335
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 342
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 497
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 630

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Obama administration's executive actions on immigration [Washington Post].
  2. A new poll shows a majority of Utahns want State School Board members selected through non-partisan elections [Utah Policy].
  3. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman is reportedly being wooed by Republicans to mount a challenge to Sen. Mike Lee in 2016 [Politico].
  4. The Utah House narrowly passes a measure reinstating the firing squad as a method of execution [Tribune].
  5. The Utah Senate confirms Constandinos Himonas as an associate justice of the Utah Supreme Court [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Utah is a lone voice in the wilderness in the fight to gain control of public lands from the federal government [Tribune].
  7. A legislative committee approves a measure offering salary increases for math, science and special education teachers [Deseret News].
  8. A deal to build a minor-league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark may fall by the wayside [Deseret News].
  9. Search warrants in the case against former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow suggest the two men used their positions to secure perks and donations [Deseret News].
  10. A Florida-based group has launched a radio ad opposing Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1801 – The House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, choosing Jefferson to be president.
  • 1972 – President Richard M. Nixon departed on an historic trip to China.
  • 2002 – The new Transportation Security Administration took over supervision of aviation security from the airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • 2009 – President Barack Obama signed a $757 billion economic stimulus package into law.