Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 31 days left in 2015.
Another government shutdown is looming. Olene Walker, Utah’s first female governor, passes. Most Utahns favor SB54.
- 56 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
- 63 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
- 71 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
- 102 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
- 113 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
- 145 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 212 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
- 344 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
Monday’s top-10 headlines:
- Congress needs to act on an omnibus spending bill by the end of next week to avoid another government shutdown [The Hill].
- That didn’t take long. Hillary Clinton lashes out at Republicans after Saturday’s attack at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs [The Hill].
- Olene Walker, Utah’s first female governor, passes away at the age of 85 [Utah Policy, 2 News, ABC 4, KSL, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune].
- A new poll shows 57% of Utahns favor the dual-track path to the primary ballot established under SB54 [Utah Policy].
- A federal judge says Utah’s Democrats can continue to allow unaffiliated voters in their primaries [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- Sen. Jim Dabakis will debate GOP gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson [Deseret News, Associated Press].
- Lawmakers will focus on early childhood education during the upcoming 2016 legislature [Deseret News].
- Do Utah’s rural counties wield too much influence? The state’s largest counties are exploring the idea of forming their own caucus [Tribune].
- Alcohol consumption in Utah is up, but underage drinking is on the decline [Deseret News, Tribune].
- State education officials are set to debate new science standards that include changes on how the curriculum deals with climate change [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1782 – Preliminary peace articles formally ending the American Revolutionary War were signed in Paris.
- 1804 – Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial, accused of political bias. He was later acquitted by the Senate.
- 1988 – The Soviet Union stopped jamming broadcasts of Radio Free Europe for the first time in 30 years.
- 1993 – President Bill Clinton signed into law the Brady bill, which requires a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
- 2004 – Ken Jennings lost on “Jeopardy!” after winning 74 games in a row.