Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – September 10, 2014

Obama to address the nation. Herbert says he's close to an agreement with the feds on Medicaid expansion. Poll shows there's not much support for Lockhart's bid to become state superintendent.


  • 55 days to the 2014 midterm election
  • 138 days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 419 days to the 2015 election
  • 495 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 790 days until the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday's top-10 headlnes:

  1. President Obama will deliver a primetime address to the nation tonight about combating the ISIL terror group [CNN, NBC News, The Hill].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert says he should have deal worked out with the feds over his "Healthy Utah" alternative to Medicaid expansion within the next two to three weeks [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Digging into our latest poll numbers shows even Republicans don't support Becky Lockhart's bid to become state superintendent [Utah Policy].
  4. A new survey finds most voters consider Obama's presidency a failure [Politico].
  5. The mayors of six cities are trying to hammer out the language for a ballot question on whether residents support a monthly fee to operate the UTOPIA fiber optic network [Deseret News].
  6. Park City Mountain Resort will pay a $17.5 million bond in order to open this upcoming ski season [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Most of the trustees for the Utah Transit Authority ignore a challenge to forego cars and use the transit system for a week [Tribune].
  8. West Valley City is on the list of top-10 most dangerous cities in the U.S. [KSL].
  9. Former Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey is becoming a much sought-after economic development guru [Tribune].
  10. The Board of Regents announces three finalists for the new president of Salt Lake Community College [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1608 – John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.
  • 1813 – Oliver Perry sent the message, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours," after an American naval force defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.
  • 1963 – Twenty black students entered public schools in Birmingham, Tuskegee and Mobile, Alabama following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace.
  • 2002 – Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations.