Ten Things You Need to Know For Wednesday – September 24, 2014

Debate season gets underway in Utah. Obama to rally support for fight against ISIL. Lawmakers could consider a record number of bills in 2015.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 41
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 124
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 169
  • Days to the 2015 election – 405
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 481
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 776

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Rep. Rob Bishop and Donna McAleer square off in their first televised debate [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. President Barack Obama is set to address the U.N. General Assembly to rally support for the fight against ISIL [NBC News].
  3. Rep. Chris Stewart says defeating ISIL may take more ground troops [Deseret News].
  4. Obama calls climate change a "growing and urgent threat" [CNN].
  5. The number of bill files opened on Utah's Capitol Hill for the upcoming 2015 session points to a potential record amount of legislation ahead for lawmakers [Utah Policy].
  6. Sen. Mike Lee proposes a tax reform plan to fix problems with the tax code [Utah PolicyDeseret News].
  7. The cost of putting technology in the hands of every child in Utah's schools could top $400 million [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox takes aim at the current state of politics during a speech at Utah Valley University [Tribune].
  9. Legislative hopefuls Republican Fred Cox and Democrat Mike Lee face off in a debate [Tribune].
  10. The West Jordan City Council is reconsidering a huge apartment complex planned near Gardner Village [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – Congress passed the First Judiciary Act, which provided for an attorney general and a Supreme Court.
  • 1869 – Financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold market, sending Wall Street into a panic and leaving thousands of investors in financial ruin.
  • 1960 – The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched.
  • 1968 – "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS.
  • 1991 – Children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died at age 87.