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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, October 2, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 90 days left in 2015.

Sanders raises almost as much cash as Clinton. Two groups want a limit on money in the SLC Mayoral race. Herbert and Johnson are raising big money for 2016.

The clock:

  • 32 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 108 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 115 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 116 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 160 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 270 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 403 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Bernie Sanders nearly matches Hillary Clinton in fundraising totals during the last quarter [Washington Post].
  2. A mass shooting at an Oregon college kills ten people, including the shooter [New York Times]. President Barack Obama likens the increasing amount of gun violence to terrorism [Daily Beast].
  3. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested in an interview that the House's investigation into Benghazi may be politically motivated [Washington Post]. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says McCarthy should apologize for the comments [Roll Call].
  4. Chaffetz also says the intentional leak by Secret Service officials that he once tried and failed, to join their ranks is troubling [Deseret News].
  5. Groups will call for limits on the amount of money flowing in the Salt Lake City Mayoral contest [Tribune].
  6. Financial reports show Gov. Gary Herbert and Republican challenger Jonathan Johnson are already raising massive amounts of campaign cash ahead of the 2016 contest [Associated Press].
  7. Sen. Mike Lee joins a bipartisan effort in Congress to change mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Utah identifies the state's highest and lowest-performing Title 1 schools [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says there may be changes coming to vote-by-mail ballots next year [Daily Herald].
  10. Crossroads Urban Center unveils a proposed $30 million bond to fight homelessness [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1950 - The "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz was published for the first time.
  • 1959 - "The Twilight Zone," with host Rod Serling, premiered on U.S. television.
  • 1967 - Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1969 - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned after admitting he had made a financial deal with the Louis Wolfson Foundation.
  • 1990 - The Senate voted 90-9 to confirm Supreme Court nominee David H. Souter.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah DABC restores license to The Ruin club in Sugarhouse

Utah Sen. Mike Lee, bipartisan group unveil major criminal-justice reform

Utah identifies highest- and lowest-performing Title 1 schools

Groups call for cash limits in SLC elections

Group's homeless plan includes $30 million Salt Lake City bond

Rolly: Commemorative Utah guns are coming as Orem rifle maker says farewell to arms deal

Officials say Utah can attain EPA's new lower ozone standard

Deseret News

Greg Bell: Fixing health care the 'Utah way'

Op-ed: Misunderstood millennials need to join public policy discussion

Editorial: Time is of the essence with forthcoming hearings on Medicaid expansion plan

Sen. Mike Lee looks to ease mandatory minimum sentencing laws

Annette Meier appointed to GOED board

Chaffetz: Access by Secret Service employees 'scary and concerning'

Lawmakers discuss questionable politics in development of UtahAccess+

Utah County completes $50 million upgrades on water treatment plant

$30M bond would help house, shelter and serve homeless and low-income people, advocates say

High- and low-performing Title I schools announced


Schools looking for ways to reach low-scoring Hispanic students (Logan Herald Journal)

Candidate withdraws from AF council race (Daily Herald)

Utah's city planners turn to Lehi for ideas during annual conference (Daily Herald)

Vote-by-mail changes may be coming, says Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Russian strikes again expose US disarray (AFP)

Netanyahu blasts Obama's Iran deal at U.N. (Politico)

Team Clinton sees 'watershed moment' in McCarthy's Benghazi remarks (The Hill)

Republicans try to clean up McCarthy's Benghazi mess (The Hill)

We asked Al Gore three times if he's running for president, and he wouldn't say no (Fusion)

Biden expected to skip first Democratic debate (CNN)

Hillary Clinton spent roughly 90 percent of the money she raised over the summer (Washington Post)

Senators unveil long-awaited compromise on criminal justice reform (Washington Post)

Mike Huckabee rips a page (or five) out of Donald Trump's playbook (Washington Post)

Google: What People Search for Most on Presidential Hopefuls (Associated Press)

EPA moves to restrict ozone emissions (USA Today)


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