Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Friday, December 4, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 27 days left in 2015.

Senate passes Obamacare repeal. Utah’s Congressional delegation votes against a No Child Left Behind fix. Utahns say goodbye to Olene Walker.

The clock:

  • 52 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 59 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 67 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 98 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 109 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 141 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 208 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 340 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Friday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. The U.S. Senate passes a bill repealing Obamacare, bringing the step one step closer to heading to the president’s desk [The Hill].

  2. Donald Trump has his largest lead of the 2016 election season in a new poll, besting his nearest competitor by 20 points [CNN].

  3. The FBI is treating Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernadino as a possible terrorist attack [New York Times, Washington Post].
  4. Bob Bernick wonders how safe the Utah Capitol is following the San Bernadino attack [Utah Policy].
  5. All four of Utah’s House members vote against a bill updating No Child Left Behind [Tribune].
  6. The Pentagon announces all combat jobs are now open to women as well as men [Washington Post, New York Times].
  7. House Speaker Greg Hughes discusses the latest Medicaid expansion plan that will focus on the “most vulnerable” residents [Deseret News, Associated PressABC 4].
  8. To crack down on fraud, lawmakers may require drug treatment centers to be licensed [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. UTA board member Justin Allen says he will not resign following a controversial trip to Switzerland [Tribune].
  10. Hundreds of Utahns say goodbye to former Gov. Olene Walker [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1783 – Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
  • 1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the liquidation of the Works Progress Administration, created during the Great Depression to provide work for the unemployed.
  • 1945 – The Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations.
  • 1978 – Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco’s first woman mayor when she was named to replace George Moscone, who had been assassinated.
  • 1992 – President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops into Somalia.