Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – September 12, 2014

A federal jugde orders two rejected candidates for state school board back on the ballot. Lee vows to block lame-duck legislation. Utah's GOP members of Congress send a letter asking Obama to not create a new national monument in the state.


  • 53 days to the 2014 midterm election
  • 136 days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 417 days to the 2015 election
  • 493 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 788 days until the 2016 presidential election

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A federal judge who ruled Utah's way of electing state school board candidates is unconstitutional orders the state to place two rejected candidates on November's ballot [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz vow to block any non-emergency legislation that comes up in Congress' lame-duck session after the election [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. Utah's Republican members of Congress send a letter to President Obama asking him not to create a new national monument at Canyonlands National Park [Tribune].
  4. Speaker John Boehner says the House is still set to vote on a stopgap funding bill to avoid another government shutdown [The Hill].
  5. Sen. Orrin Hatch says billionaire Warren Buffet called him to talk about tax inversions [Tribune].
  6. Vail Resorts purchases Park City Mountain Resort for $182.5 million, ending the legal limbo for the ski area [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. A Taylorsville elementary school teacher shoots herself in the leg, reigniting the debate over guns in the classroom [Deseret News].
  8. The Utah Board of Regents select Deneece Huftalin as the new president of Salt Lake Community College [Tribune].
  9. Pre-orders for the new iPhone start today. Here's where you can find the best deals [Time]. 
  10. Sarah Palin's family was reportedly involved in a drunken brawl at an Alaska dog sled event [Washington Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1609 – English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that bears his name.
  • 1944 – U.S. Army troops entered Germany for the first time during World War II.
  • 1977 – South African black civil rights leader Steven Biko died while in police custody.
  • 2001 – President George W. Bush asked Congress for $20 billion to rebuild and recover from the 9/11 attacks.
  • 2002 – President George W. Bush told the United Nations to confront the "grave and gathering danger" of Saddam Hussein's Iraq or stand aside as the United States acted.