Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Monday, February 1, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 334 days left in 2016.

The Iowa Caucuses are tonight. Most Utah GOP delegates do not like the new dual-track system to the primary ballot. Doug Owens raises more money than Mia Love.

The clock:

  • The Iowa Caucuses are today – (2/1/2016)
  • Eight days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (2/9/2016)
  • 19 days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • 22 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 26 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 41 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 53 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 85 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 151 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 284 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Monday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. You can officially start paying attention now. The Iowa Caucuses are tonight [Washington Post, The Guardian, ABC News, New York Times]. A poll shows a lot of Iowans think their caucuses are rigged for the rich and powerful [Des Moines Register]. Here’s how tonight’s caucuses will work, courtesy of Legos [YouTube].
  2. A new poll of Utah Republican delegates finds that group does not favor the new dual-track system to get on the state’s primary ballot [Utah Policy].
  3. The Utah GOP and state elections officials agree on what question they’ll ask the Utah Supreme Court to determine in the ongoing lawsuit over SB54 [Deseret News].
  4. Fundraising shocker! Democrat Doug Owens raised more money in the last quarter than Republican Mia Love, but Love still maintains an overall fundraising lead [Tribune].
  5. Some Utah legislators are wary of a plan to shift money from highway funding to help pay for the Lake Powell Pipeline [Tribune].
  6. Lawmakers may ban some state staffers from lobbying them and bar state agencies from taking a position on proposed legislation [Utah Policy].
  7. Rep. Rob Bishop says lawmakers should pursue a lawsuit to win control over public lands in the state [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Lawmakers do not anticipate approving a measure to remove the so-called “Zion Curtain” this year [Deseret News].
  9. Republican gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson discusses his proposal for overhauling the state’s public education system [Utah Policy].
  10. Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who was killed during the standoff at a remote wildlife refuge in Oregon, urged Utah ranchers to tear up their contracts with the BLM while a member of the Utah A.G.’s office was present in November [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1790 – The U.S. Supreme Court convened in New York City for its first session.
  • 1861 – Texas seceded from the United States.
  • 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.
  • 1999 – Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a videotaped deposition for senators weighing impeachment charges against President Bill Clinton.
  • 2003 – The space shuttle Columbia broke apart during its descent over the southwestern United States. All seven astronauts aboard were killed.