Ten Things You Need to Know today – Tuesday, January 5, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 361 days left in 2016.

Utahns overwhelmingly support expanding gun background checks. Biskupski officially takes the reins at City Hall. The LDS Church distances itself from the domestic terrorists in Oregon.

The clock:

  • 20 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 27 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 35 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (2/9/2016)
  • 65 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 77 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 109 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 175 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 308 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama is set to unveil a series of executive orders designed to crack down on gun sales in America [New York Times, Washington Post].
  2. A poll shows an overwhelming number of Utahns support expanding background checks for gun sales [Utah Policy].
  3. Sen. Orrin Hatch says President Obama is making a “mistake” with his executive actions on guns [Tribune].
  4. Jackie Biskupski takes the oath of office to become Salt Lake City’s next mayor [Utah Policy, 2 News, Fox 13, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. The LDS Church condemns the protesters in Oregon, who say their Mormon faith is a reason have taken control of a government building there [Deseret News, Tribune, 2 News].
  6. First it was Jason Chaffetz, now Josh Romney says he is considering a run for Utah governor in 2020 [Deseret News].
  7. Candidates begin gathering signatures to get on the 2016 primary ballot [Tribune].
  8. Mitt Romney says he’s still being asked to run for president this year, including by one current presidential candidate [Deseret News].
  9. The judge who ordered a foster child removed from the care of a gay couple has retired [2 News, KSL, Fox 13, Deseret News].
  10. Donald Trump still leads the GOP field. The latest poll has him with a 17-point lead [The Hill].

On this day in history:

  • 1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming was sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.
  • 1933 – Construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay.
  • 1949 – In his State of the Union address, President Harry S. Truman labeled his domestic program the “Fair Deal.”
  • 1973 – Bruce Springsteen’s debut album, “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.,” was released.
  • 1996 – The longest government shutdown ended after 21 days when Congress passed a stopgap spending measure.