ArchiveTen Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – August 27, 2014Bryan Schott·August 27, 2014· Share Utah gets more time for same-sex marriage appeal. Mero out at Sutherland Institute. Reyes skips out on debate. Countdown: 69 days until the 2014 midterm elections 152 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature 433 days until the 2015 elections 509 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 804 days to the 2016 presidential election Wednesday's Top-10 Headlines: A federal court gives Utah more time to file an appeal in a case that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News]. Paul Mero is ousted as president of the conservative Sutherland Institute think tank [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News]. Attorney General Sean Reyes skips out on a debate with Democrat Charles Stormont sponsored by the Salt Lake City Rotary Club [Tribune, ABC 4, Fox 13]. A legislative audit raises some questions about the Utah Transit Authority's business practices [Tribune, Deseret News]. The Salt Lake County Council will consider a proposed ordinance limiting votes on tax hikes to election years only [Tribune]. An audit says Utah's Fund of Funds padded their profit numbres [Tribune]. Sen. Steve Urquhart wants to speed up college students' path to graduation, offering free tuition if they take more than 4 years to finish their degree [Deseret News]. A legal heavy-hitter is joining the case against Utah's ban on same-sex marriage [Tribune]. Utah consumers want state liquor stores to offer better hours and more selection [Tribune]. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal reportedly is set to sue the Obama administration over Common Core [Fox News]. On this day in history: 1883 – The island volcano Krakatoa erupted with the resulting tidal waves claiming 36,000 lives on the islands of Java and Sumatra. 1928 – The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes. 2008 – Sen. Barack Obama was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.