Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – August 27, 2014

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:

  1. 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].
  2. Paul Mero is ousted as president of the conservative Sutherland Institute think tank [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. 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].
  4. A legislative audit raises some questions about the Utah Transit Authority's business practices [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. The Salt Lake County Council will consider a proposed ordinance limiting votes on tax hikes to election years only [Tribune].
  6. An audit says Utah's Fund of Funds padded their profit numbres [Tribune].
  7. 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].
  8. A legal heavy-hitter is joining the case against Utah's ban on same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  9. Utah consumers want state liquor stores to offer better hours and more selection [Tribune].
  10. 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.