Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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

Trump sharpens his attacks on the Clintons. 75% of Americans are angry with the way the country is being governed. Candidates can begin gathering signatures to get on Utah’s 2016 ballot on Monday.

The clock:

  • 27 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 34 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 42 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (2/9/2016)
  • 72 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 84 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 116 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 182 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 315 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. A Cleveland grand jury declines to indict two cops who killed 12-year old Tamir Rice, who had a toy gun [NBC News, Associated Press].
  2. Donald Trump is stepping up his attacks on Bill and Hillary Clinton [ABC News].
  3. A new poll shows 75% of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, and 69% say they are angry about the direction of the country [CNN].
  4. This week’s cold temperatures means worsening air quality is on the way [Deseret News].
  5. Utah political candidates can start gathering signatures to get on the 2016 ballot on Monday [KUER].
  6. Salt Lake County Council member Aimee Winder Newton discusses her efforts to create a “large county caucus” [Utah Policy].
  7. Salt Lake City reverses course on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The city now supports the plan after initially joining a lawsuit against it [Tribune].
  8. A judge’s ruling recognizes a common-law same-sex marriage, the first of its kind in Utah [Tribune].
  9. The number of people stopped by police for texting while driving has increased markedly [Associated Press].
  10. Ethan Couch, the Texas teenager who was sentenced to probation for a drunken-driving wreck that killed four people after claiming his wealthy parents coddled him so much he couldn’t understand the consequences of his actions, has been taken into custody in Mexico [Fort Worth Star-TelegramCBS News].

On this day in history:

  • 1170 – Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in England.
  • 1845 – Texas became the 28th state.
  • 1890 – More than 200 Native American men, women and children were massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek, S.D.
  • 1975 – A terrorist bomb exploded at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, killing 11 people and injuring 75.
  • 1989 – Playwright Vaclav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia, becoming the first non-Communist to hold the post in more than four decades.