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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, October 8, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 84 days left in 2015.

Hatch says Chaffetz is not experienced enough to be Speaker. Rubio set to visit Utah for a fundraiser. Utahns still favor a proposed tax hike to pay for transportation.

The clock:

  • 26 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 102 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 109 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 110 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 154 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 264 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 397 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. House Republicans vote Thursday to pick their preferred candidate to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. That candidate is expected to be California Republican Kevin McCarthey [Washington Post, The Atlantic].
  2. Sen. Orrin Hatch says Rep. Jason Chaffetz's inexperience in Congress may work against him in his quest to become Speaker [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. President Barack Obama apologizes to Doctors Without Borders for an airstrike in Afghanistan that killed staffers and patients [CNN].
  4. Sen. Marco Rubio is set to visit Utah later this month for a fundraiser in Davis County [Tribune].
  5. Saratoga Springs officials want to force the mother of Darien Hunt to take a proposed $900,000 settlement in the case where police officers shot and killed Hunt following an altercation [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Marc Sessions Jenson, who is accusing former attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow of shaking him down for money and favors, has been released from prison [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Utah is still facing drought conditions despite heavy rains in the spring and summer [Tribune].
  8. The Salt Lake County Council is considering allowing residents to call in during the first part of their afternoon meetings to discuss council business [Tribune].
  9. A new poll shows Utahns still favor a proposed sales tax hike to fund transportation [Utah Policy].
  10. People Magazine publishes the phone numbers of all 535 members of Congress, urging readers to contact them to do something about "routine" gun violence [People].

On this day in history:

  • 1871 - A massive Chicago fire destroyed more than 17,000 buildings, killed more than 300 people and left 100,000 homeless.
  • 1918 - American Army Sgt. Alvin York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest in France.
  • 1959 - Margaret Thatcher was first elected to the British Parliament as a Conservative representing the North London suburb of Finchley.
  • 1969 - The Days of Rage demonstrations, organized by the Weather Underground, kick off in Chicago.
  • 1991 - A federal judge in Anchorage, Alaska approved a $1 billion settlement against Exxon for the Valdez oil spill.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Vote for Prop. 1 to keep Utah rolling

Conservative caucus deals blow to Chaffetz bid for House speaker

Parole board releases jailed businessman who has ties to Shurtleff, Swallow scandals

Rubio becomes third GOP hopeful to raise money in Utah

Utah Gov. Herbert tries flying the F-35 in a simulator

North Salt Lake works on law to address landslide concerns

SL County Council may be awaiting your calls

In Utah, scaled-down oil shale dreams still alive

Deseret News

Orrin Hatch: Judicial system reform - overcriminalization and the need for meaningful criminal intent requirements

Dan Liljenquist: Let the people decide on Medicaid expansion

Op-ed: Utah should not raise minimum wage

Jay Evensen: Here's why we should fear driverless cars

Tax hike supporters get creative with potholes to campaign for transportation funding

Advocacy groups propose new clean air rules

Conference allows Utah to 'connect globally' with those in mountain regions

Business owners, community members 'interview' mayoral hopefuls on conditions in Pioneer Park area

Scholars disagree whether compromise works in religious freedom, gay rights clashes

Chaffetz's run for speaker makes congressional 'chaos' more likely, Hatch says

UVU now the largest university in Utah, new data shows

Salt Lake aims to be a more civil, compassionate community under global initiative

Key witness in criminal cases against Shurtleff, Swallow released from prison

Other

Anonymous poet defaming council candidates in Orem (Daily Herald)

Six council candidates make closing pitch, talk smattering of issues (Logan Herald Journal)

Logan council candidates discuss their ideas in 'meet the candidates' night (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: Chaffetz & company put politics ahead of the people (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Third-string health care reform in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

$38 million for Hill AFB in jeopardy amid veto confrontation (Standard-Examiner)

Local districts detail preparations after Oregon school shooting (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Kevin McCarthy has a Freedom Caucus problem (Politico)

Obama plucked them from the mountaintop but U.S. hasn't been heard from since (Politico)

Clinton moves left, opposes Obama's Pacific trade deal (The Hill)

Right flexes muscle ahead of Speaker vote (The Hill)

Biden: 'If I Don't Move I'll Be Demoted To Secretary Of State Or Something' (Weekly Standard)

Clinton e-mails were vulnerable to hackers, tech firm warned (Washington Post)

California Wants Renewable Energy for Half Its Power by 2030 (Associated Press)

Clinton joins Democrats against Pacific trade deal (Associated Press)

Rupert Murdoch: Ben Carson Would Be a 'Real Black President' (NBC News)

House GOP to vote for new speaker, but won't be last word (Associated Press)

Senator Harry Reid Sues Exercise Band Company Over His Injuries (New York Times)


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