Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Monday, January 4, 2016

Good MondayThursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 362 days left in 2016.

President Obama readies to unveil executive orders on gun control. Chaffetz says he wants to run for governor in 2020. 28% of Utahns say Hillary Clinton will win the White House in 2016.

The clock:

  • 21 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 28 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 36 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (2/9/2016)
  • 66 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 78 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 110 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 176 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 309 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Monday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. An armed group of activists occupied part of a national wildlife refuge Oregon to protest two local ranchers who were sentenced to prison for arson [Washington Post, CNN]. There is a debate over whether the militia members should be referred to as protestors or domestic terrorists, but some are mocking the group, calling them “YallQaeda” and “YeeHawd” [Gawker, Raw Story].
  2. President Barack Obama is set to unveil an executive order on gun control sometime this week [Politico].
  3. Donald Trump shrugs off his appearance in a terrorist recruitment video [New York Times].
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he’s eyeing a run for Utah governor in 2020 [Deseret News].
  5. A new poll shows 1/4 of Utahns think Hillary Clinton will win the 2016 race for president while 11% say Trump. 33% said they did not know [Utah Policy].
  6. An appeals court issues an emergency order temporarily stopping Gov. Gary Herbert‘s order cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Monday is the day candidates can start gathering signatures to appear on the 2016 primary ballot, but some face a decidedly uphill battle to get the number they need [Tribune].
  8. House Speaker Greg Hughes replaces former Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack on the Utah Transit Authority board with Democrat Babs DeLay [Tribune].
  9. Outgoing Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is among those prominent Utahns who either did not pay their property taxes this year or paid late [Tribune].
  10. A coalition of tribes bushing to conserve the Bear Ears area have cut off talks with Utah’s congressional delegation, instead asking President Obama to declare the area a national monument [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1893 – President Benjamin Harrison granted amnesty to all people who had abstained from practicing polygamy since Nov. 1, 1890. It was part of a deal for Utah to achieve statehood.
  • 1896 – Utah was admitted as the 45th state.
  • 1965 – The “Great Society” is proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson during his State of the Union address.
  • 1974 – President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.