Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 16 days left in 2015.

GOP presidential candidates hit the debate stage tonight in Las Vegas. Chaffetz meets with Utah Muslims. Kasich will visit Utah on Wednesday.

The clock:

  • 41 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 48 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 56 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 87 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 98 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 130 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 197 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 330 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Tonight is the second GOP debate in Las Vegas [The Hill, CNN, New York Times, Washingon Post].
  2. Donald Trump soars to 38-percent support among Republicans in the latest national poll [Washington Post].
  3. Congressional negotiators say they’re getting close to agreement on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown [The Hill].
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with Utah Muslims and calls Trump’s proposal to bar members of that faith from entering the country immoral [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Nearly 2/3 of Utahns support the death penalty over life imprisonment without parole [Utah Policy].
  6. GOP presidential candidate John Kasich will visit Utah for a fundraiser and will tour Welfare Square on Wednesday [Deseret News].
  7. 12 candidates will appear on the ballot for the 2016 Utah Republican Presidential Caucus [Utah Policy, 2 News].
  8. A judge delays the public corruption trial for former Utah Attorney General John Swallow so his new lawyer has time to prepare [2 News, Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. The massive snowstorm that pounded Utah on Monday won’t make much of a dent in the state’s drought [Tribune].
  10. Wanna be an astronaut? NASA is taking applications [USA Jobs].

On this day in history:

  • 1791 – The Bill of Rights, comprising the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution took effect.
  • 1890 – Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull was killed in a skirmish with U.S. soldiers along the Grand River in South Dakota.
  • 1916 – The French defeated the Germans in the World War I Battle of Verdun.
  • 1973 – The American Psychiatric Association reversed its longstanding position and declared that homosexuality isn’t a mental illness.
  • 2003 – The late Sen. Strom Thurmond’s family acknowledged Essie Mae Washington-Williams claim that she was Thurmond’s illegitimate mixed-race daughter.