Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday Morning – August 21, 2014

Utah again asks for more time to appeal a federal ruling requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages. Romney would be 2016 GOP frontrunner. Biskupski appears to be getting ready to run for Salt Lake City Mayor.


  • 75 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 158 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 439 days until the 2015 elections
  • 515 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 810 days to the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's Top-10 Headlines:

  • Utah officials reiterate their request for more time to appeal a federal court ruling that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The U.S. Supreme Court puts same-sex marriages in Virginia on hold while state officials appeal a federal judge's ruling [NPR].
  • A new poll shows Mitt Romney would be the immediate GOP frontrunner in 2016 if he decided to run [Tribune].
  • Former State Rep. Jackie Biskupski says a poll of Salt Lake City residents will help her decide whether to run for mayor in 2015 [Utah Policy].
  • Utah Transit Authority officials say free transit passes turned into 25,000 free rides in July [Tribune].
  • The BYU Bookstore yanks same-sex marriage themed greeting cards [Tribune].
  • Provo residents are generally happy about the direction that city is taking [Daily Herald].
  • Demand for rental apartments is at a 13-year high in Salt Lake County [Tribune].
  • The U.S. doctor who contracted the Ebola virus will be released from an Atlanta hospital Thursday morning [NBC News].
  • Rep. Paul Ryan says there won't be another government shutdown in September [Roll Call].

On this day in history:

  • 1858 – The first of seven debates between U.S. Senate candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas took place.
  • 1878 – The American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga, N.Y.
  • 1940 – Exiled Russian Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky was assassinated in Mexico City.
  • 1959 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.
  • 1992 – An 11-day siege began at the cabin of white separatist Randy Weaver in Ruby Ridge, Idaho.