Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are eight days left in 2015.

Trump is struggling to explain what “schlonged” means. Sanders’ support is falling in Utah. A judge rules for Gov. Gary Herbert’s move to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood.


The clock:

  • 33 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 40 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 48 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (2/9/2016)
  • 78 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 90 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 122 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 188 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 321 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

 Wednesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Donald Trump is struggling mightily to explain what he meant when he said Hillary Clinton got “schlonged” by Barack Obama in the 2008 election. Trump insists it’s not a vulgar term [The Hill, Washington Post].
  2. Good news for Trump as a new national poll shows he leads his closest GOP rival, Ted Cruz, by 21 points [CNN].
  3. The next GOP debate in January could feature just six candidates on the primary stage [The Hill].
  4. Cruz is blasting a Washington Post editorial cartoon depicting his two young daughters as monkeys [NBC News].
  5. Bernie Sanders‘ support in Utah is falling according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  6. A judge rules Gov. Gary Herbert‘s actions to stop federal funding to Planned Parenthood [2 News, Fox 13, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A coalition of media outlets in Utah claim Utah Legislative Republicans are breaking the law by holding closed caucus meetings [Deseret News, Fox 13, Tribune].
  8. Rep. Rob Bishop throws his support behind Marco Rubio‘s presidential campaign [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. The DABC grants a beer and wine license to a Washington County restaurant despite opposition from the LDS Church [Tribune].
  10. Utah’s population is nearly 3 million according to new Census numbers [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1620 – Construction began on the first permanent European settlement in New England,  one week after the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth Harbor in present-day Massachusetts.
  • 1783 – Gen. George Washington resigned his commission with the U.S. Army and retired to Mount Vernon, Va. (He became the new nation’s first president in 1789.)
  • 1788 – Maryland passed an act to cede a parcel of land for the seat of the national government, part of which later became the District of Columbia.
  • 1913 – The U.S. Federal Reserve System was established.
  • 1968 – Eighty-two crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured.