Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 360 days left in 2016.

North Korea claims they’ve successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. Obama announces executive orders on guns. Utahns don’t think new gun restrictions will prevent more terrorist attacks.

The clock:

  • 19 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 26 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 34 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (2/9/2016)
  • 64 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 76 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 108 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 174 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 307 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. North Korea claims to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb [CNNReutersWashington Post].
  2. A tearful President Barack Obama announces his executive orders to tighten up the nation’s gun laws [Reuters, New York Times, Washington Post].
  3. The mother of a Utah shooting victim joined the president for the announcement of the actions on firearms [2 News, Tribune].
  4. A new poll shows most Utahns don’t think increased gun regulations will prevent future terrorist attacks [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah lawmakers are trying to find a way to give more bills a committee hearing during the upcoming session while, at the same time, dealing with a record number of bill requests [Utah Policy].
  6. Rep. Joel Briscoe is proposing legislation to let 17-year-olds vote in Utah’s June primary if they are 18 by the time the general election rolls around [Associated Press].
  7. A federal court will hear arguments from Utah and Planned Parenthood in March over Gov. Gary Herbert‘s order cutting off federal funds for the group [2 News, Tribune].
  8. A small, Utah-born political party is part of the takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge by an armed group of militiamen [Tribune].
  9. Jeb Bush is apologizing for claiming he won an award from the National Rifle Association that does not exist [Washington Post].
  10. Donald Trump says Ted Cruz‘s Canadian birthplace could be very troublesome for the GOP if he ends up winning the nomination [The Hill, Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1838 – Samuel F.B. Morse and his partner, Alfred Vail, publicly demonstrated their new invention, the telegraph, for the first time.
  • 1912 – New Mexico joined the United States as the 47th state.
  • 1961 – Vice President Richard Nixon made official that he had been defeated by Sen. John F. Kennedy in one of the closest presidential elections in history.
  • 1994 – Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg in an assault planned by the ex-husband of her rival, Tonya Harding.
  • 2001 – Congress certified George W. Bush as the winner of the close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.