Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Thursday, December 17, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 14 days left in 2015.

The Fed raises interest rates. Kasich visits Utah. Fillmore wins the special election to replace Osmond in the Utah Senate.

The clock:

  • 39 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 46 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 54 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 84 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 96 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 128 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 194 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 327 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. As expected, the Fed hiked interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade [Reuters].
  2. A new national survey finds Americans are afraid of more terrorist attacks in the United States [New York Times].
  3. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich visits Utah to raise some funds and tour the LDS Church’s welfare facility [2 News, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Kasich’s visit is part of a pattern by presidential candidates using Utah as an ATM for campaign cash [2 News].
  5. Republican delegates select businessman Lincoln Fillmore to replace Sen. Aaron Osmond, who resigned the District 10 seat [2 News].
  6. A victim impact statement shows Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams claims former Rep. Justin Miller embezzled nearly $80,000 from his campaign, which is three times as much as previously reported [City Weekly].
  7. The Utah Transit Authority’s budget for next year includes expanding service by 5% [Tribune, Deseret NewsFox 13].
  8. A new study shows Utah employers are struggling to find qualified workers [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  9. President Barack Obama nominates former Centerville Mayor Ronald Russell for a spot on the federal bench [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Watch this! U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team star Abby Wambach literally drops the mic on her storied career after playing her final game Wednesday night [SB Nation].

On this day in history:

  • 1903 – Orville Wright made history’s first sustained airplane flight, lasting 12 seconds and covering 120 feet near Kitty Hawk, N.C. His brother Wilbur flew 852 feet later that day.
  • 1967 – The Clean Air Act is signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • 1989 – “The Simpsons” premiered on Fox.
  • 1992 – President George H.W. Bush and the leaders of Mexico and Canada formally signed the North American Free Trade Treaty.
  • 1997 – New Jersey became the first state in the United States to permit same-sex couples to adopt children.