Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Thursday, February 11, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 324 days left in 2016.

Cliven Bundy is arrested as the standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge may be ending. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders prepare to debate. What issues are most important to Utahns this election year?

The clock:

  • Nine days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • 12 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 18 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 31 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 43 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 75 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 141 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 158 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 165 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 274 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Cliven Bundy is arrested in Oregon as the standoff at a remote wildlife refuge seems to be coming to an end [Washington Post, CNN, ABC News].
  2. Let’s get ready to rumble! Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton meet face-to-face in Milwaukee for the first time since Sanders clocked her by 20 points in New Hampshire [New York Times, Politico, New Republic].
  3. Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina drop out of the GOP presidential race after a dismal showing in New Hampshire [NPR. CNBC, FiveThirtyEight, New York Times, CNN].
  4. Utahns say the economy and education are their top issues in this election year [Utah Policy].
  5. A House panel advances a bill that would change the partisan makeup of two key legislative committees, putting Democrats squarely at a disadvantage [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Wait, what? Sen. Margaret Dayton says the Commission on Women in the Economy is patronizing to women in Utah because she says it implies “women need special help” [Tribune].
  7. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says some cities are blocking construction of new state liquor stores [Tribune].
  8. A House committee rejects a bill to cut the Utah Transit Authority out of future tax hikes to fund transportation [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. An all-male legislative panel kills a proposal to remove sales taxes from feminine hygiene products [2 NewsTribune, Deseret News].
  10. Lawmakers say they have Olympic fever and want Utah to bid to host the Winter Games again [Fox 13, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1945 – President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Leader Josef Stalin ended a wartime conference at Yalta.
  • 1965 – U.S. and South Vietnamese planes made their first bombing raids on North Vietnam.
  • 1975 – Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain.
  • 1979 – Followers of Ayatolla Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran after the religious leader returned to his home country following 15 years of exile.
  • 1990 – Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison.
  • 2011 – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned in the face of massive protests.