Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 30 days left in 2015.

Biskupski shakes up city hall. Utah is most definitely not favorably territory for Hillary Clinton. Johnson hits the airwaves.

The clock:

  • 55 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 62 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 70 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 101 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 112 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 144 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 211 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 343 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Salt Lake City Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski shocks city employees by asking for the resignations of all department heads as part of her transition. Former Mayor Rocky Anderson, who supported her during the campaign, calls the move “arrogant” [Utah Policy, 2 News, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. No big surprise here. A new poll shows Hillary Clinton would be crushed by any one of many GOP candidates in Utah [Utah Policy].
  3. Gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson hits the airwaves with his first radio ad buy [Deseret News].
  4. Johnson also takes on the Utah Transit Authority, proposing that board members be elected rather than appointed [Tribune].
  5. The White House asks Gov. Gary Herbert to use his position as chair of the National Governors Association to get information about Syrian refugees to other governors around the country [Tribune].
  6. Sen. Mike Lee taps Allyson Bell as his new chief of staff [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. The state is considering pay raises and increased staff hours for the DABC to cope with increased alcohol sales [Tribune].
  8. Funeral services are set for former Governor Olene Walker [2 News, Fox 13, ABC 4Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. President Barack Obama calls for urgent action against global climate change [Washington Post].
  10. Today is World Aids Day.

On this day in history:

  • 1824 – The House of Representatives convened to decide the presidential election because no candidate had received a majority in the Electoral College. John Quincy Adams was eventually chosen the winner over Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay.
  • 1891 – The game of basketball was invented when James Naismith put peach baskets at the opposite ends of a gym and gave students soccer balls to toss into them.
  • 1917 – The Rev. Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town near Omaha.
  • 1955 – Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Ala., for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus. Her arrest sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.