Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 346 days left in 2016.

Palin endorses Trump. Cruz and Rubio tied among Utah Republicans. Officials say political parties cannot kick candidates off the ballot for gathering signatures.

The clock:

  • Five days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 12 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 20 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (2/9/2016)
  • 50 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 62 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 94 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 160 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 293 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Taking a break from reading “all” of the newspapers, Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump, which should give him a boost in Iowa [Washington Post, New York Times].
  2. The Supreme Court is set to rule on President Barack Obama‘s executive actions on immigration [ABC News, New York Times, Los Angeles Times].
  3. A group of House Democrats want Nancy Pelosi to remain as minority leader until 2018 [Politico].
  4. A new poll shows Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are tied among Utah Republicans; Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders among Democrats [Utah Policy].
  5. The Utah Elections Office says political parties cannot disqualify candidates for gathering signatures to get on the primary ballot [Utah Policy, KUTV, Fox 13Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  6. The latest GOP lawsuit against SB54 could cause chaos for candidates and voters during this year’s election [Utah Policy].
  7. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz are set to release their sweeping public lands proposal on Wednesday morning [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Sen. Jim Dabakis wants to undo a change that changed the allocation of income tax money to both public and higher education to just public education [Tribune].
  9. New Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski ousts D.J. Baxter, who served as executive director of the city’s Redevelopment Agency for eight years [Tribune].
  10. Wait…what? 10% of college graduates say “Judge Judy” is on the Supreme Court [CNN].

On this day in history:

  • 1265 –  Britain’s House of Commons met for the first time.
  • 1783 – U.S. and British representatives signed a preliminary “Cessation of Hostilities,” which ended the fighting in the Revolutionary War.
  • 1801 – John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.
  • 1945 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only president to be elected to four terms in office, was inaugurated to his final term. He died three months later.
  • 1981 – 52 American hostages were released by Iran after 444 days in captivity.
  • 2009 – Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States.