Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – September 16, 2014

Poll: Republican voters like what's in Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah plan. U.S. to send troops to Africa to fight Ebola. Mia Love hits the airwaves.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 49
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 132
  • Days to the 2015 election – 413
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 489
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 784

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The U.S. carries out the first airstrikes against ISIL, targeting one of their positions near Baghdad [CNN].
  2. President Barack Obama may send up to 3,000 troops to Africa to help fight the spread of the Ebola virus [New York Times].
  3. Poll: When Republican voters find out what's in Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion, they like it very much [Utah Policy].
  4. Mia Love begins her media blitz [Tribune].
  5. A poll for the Utah Debate Commission finds many Democrats barely cross the 10% threshhold for inclusion in their debates. No independent candidate reached that mark [Tribune].
  6. The Utah Supreme Court will take up a dispute over a proposed Draper ballot referendum [Tribune].
  7. Former LDS Presiding Bishop H. David Burton is the odds-on favorite to become the new chairman of the Utah Transit Authority [Tribune].
  8. The State School Board has picked four finalists for the superintendent position, but is keeping those names secret [Tribune].
  9. The Utah Water Development Commission is critical of a Forest Service proposal on the management of groundwater, saying it's a water grab by the agency [Deseret News].
  10. A new book traces the political drift by members of the LDS Church toward the Republican party [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1630 – The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.
  • 1810 – Mexico began a successful revolt against Spanish rule.
  • 1940 – Rep. Samuel T. Rayburn, the longest-serving House speaker in history, was first elected to the post.
  • 1974 – President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam War deserters and draft-evaders.
  • 2008 – The federal government announced an emergency $85 billion loan to rescue AIG, the world's largest insurance company.