Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Monday, December 21, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are ten days left in 2015.

Ted Cruz leads the GOP pack in Utah. Payday lenders sued a lot of Utahns last year. Phil Lyman gets ten days in jail and three years probation.

The clock:

  • 35 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 42 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 50 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (2/9/2016)
  • 80 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 92 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 124 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 190 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 323 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Monday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Ted Cruz surges to the head of the GOP field in Utah while Donald Trump falls to fourth place [Utah Policy].
  2. Hillary Clinton looked like a candidate with an eye on next year’s general election during the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday [New York Times, Washington Post, Politico].
  3. Bernie Sanders‘ campaign says he’s beaten Barack Obama’s record for individual donors during a presidential campaign [New York Times].
  4. San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman is sentenced to 10 days in jail and three years probation for his role in leading an illegal ATV protest into Recapture Canyon [Deseret News].
  5. Sentencing for former Rep. Justin Miller is delayed in his communications fraud trial because the judge in the case had a conflict [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Payday lenders sued nearly 8,000 Utahns last year for not being able to pay back their loans [Tribune].
  7. Incoming Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announces she is engaged to be married [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  8. Biskupski sets her priorities for her first year in office [Deseret News].
  9. Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says budget, infrastructure and education will be the top issues during the 2016 Legislature [Daily Herald].
  10. Utah’s unemployment rate is up slightly from last year’s numbers [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1620 – The Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, Mass., following a 63-day voyage from England aboard the Mayflower.
  • 1864 – Union Gen. William T. Sherman continued his Civil War “march to the sea” across the South and arrived in Savannah, Ga.
  • 1937 – Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the first full-length animated film, opened in Los Angeles.
  • 1988 – A bomb exploded aboard a Pan Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people.
  • 1991 – 11 former Soviet republics declared an end to the Soviet Union and forged a commonwealth that guaranteed independence.