Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 44 days left in 2015.

France continues airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. Russian authorities confirm a bomb brought down a plane in Egypt. Herbert says Utah will continue to accept Syrian refugees.

The clock:

  • 69 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 76 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 84 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 115 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 126 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 158 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 225 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 357 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. France continues airstrikes on Syria in retaliation for Friday’s horrific terrorist attack in Paris [Washington Post, Reuters]. 
  2. Russian officials confirm a plane crash in the Sinai was the result of a bomb put there by terrorists [Washington Post].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah will still take refugees from Syria, but is asking the state to review security checks used by the feds in the refugee-resettlement program [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUTV, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  4. Utah’s Congressional delegation say they won’t rule out more military action against Syria [Deseret News, KUTV].
  5. Sen. Ted Cruz, jumping on the anti-immigrant bandwagon, says he will introduce legislation barring Syrian Muslim refugees from entering the United States [The Hill].
  6. Tuesday is the day we’ll finally find out who won the race between Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski [Deseret News].
  7. The judge who ordered an infant removed from the foster care of a lesbian couple then reversed that decision has removed himself from the case. Meanwhile, an activist group is calling for the justice to be impeached [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUTV, Fox 13].
  8. A new survey finds most Utahns say their quality of life is not improving despite the state’s healthy economy [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Will lawmakers be able to make any progress on Medicaid expansion in 2016, or does the looming 2016 election complicate matters? [Utah Policy].
  10. A trip to Switzerland by members of the Utah Transit Authority board and lawmakers is raising some eyebrows [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1558 – Elizabeth I ascended to the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary.
  • 1800 – The U.S. Congress convened at the Capitol in Washington for the first time.
  • 1871 – The National Rifle Association was founded.
  • 1969 – Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I) began between the United States and the Soviet Union in Helsinki, Finland.
  • 1973 – President Richard M. Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Florida, “I’m not a crook.”
  • 1989 – Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution began following the put down of a student demonstration by riot police. A larger uprising against the country’s communist government succeeds on December 29, ending 41 years of Communist rule.