Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday Morning – August 28, 2014

Lawmakers discuss the fight over public lands. Romney teases another run in 2016. A ruling in the fight over Park City Mountain Resort is delayed again.


  • 68 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 151 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 432 days until the 2015 elections
  • 508 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 803 days to the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's Top-10 Headlines:

  1. Lawmakers meet for the first time to discuss the fight over federal lands in Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  2. Mitt Romney says he's not running in 2016, but "circumstances can change" [Politico].
  3. A judge postpones a ruling in the dispute over Park City Mountain Resort [Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. 13 LGBT demonstrators who disrupted the Legislature during the 2014 session are now facing charges [Tribune].
  5. A federal judge finalizes his ruling striking down part of Utah's ban against polygamy. Attorney General Sean Reyes is currently deciding whether to appeal [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. UTA leaders are mulling their next move after a legislative audit raises questions about their business practices [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. More legal wrangling over a judges ruling that Millard County hold a new election in a disputed County Commission primary race [Tribune].
  8. Richard Davis says Becky Lockhart is the wrong person for the Utah State Superintendent's job [Deseret News].
  9. Consumer confidence is on the rise in Utah [Deseret News].
  10. It was a deadly summer on Utah's roads [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during a civil rights rally in Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 – Police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago at the Democratic National Convention.
  • 1981 – John W. Hinckley Jr. pleaded innocent to charges of trying to kill President Ronald Reagan.
  • 2005 – New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered everyone in the city to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina.