Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – September 25, 2014

H. David Burton named new chair of the UTA. Judge Shelby refuses to discuss his same-sex marriage ruling. Third-party candidates to file complaint over debate exclusion.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 40
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 123
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 168
  • Days to the 2015 election – 404
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 480
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 775

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former LDS Church Presiding Bishop H. David Burton is elected the new chair of the Utah Transit Authority [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg talks about why she is not planning on retiring anytime soon [Politico].
  3. Federal judge Robert Shelby refuses to discuss his ruling overturning Utah's ban on same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  4. Democratic Congressional candidate Doug Owens talks about his bid for Congress [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah third-party candidates plan to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over their exclusion from Utah Debate Commission events [Tribune].
  6. Utah's tourism industry generated more than $1 billion in taxes in 2013 [Deseret News].
  7. Some Utah parents are worried the new AP History test is teaching a revisionist version of U.S. history [Tribune].
  8. Vail resorts plans to build lifts to connect Canyons Resort and the newly aquired Park City Mountain Resort next year [Tribune].
  9. The BLM's plan to open up some areas for drilling on lands important to the Hopi Indian Tribe [Tribune].
  10. Summit County leaders consider an expansion to the High Uintas Wilderness Area [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1493 – Christopher Columbus set sail on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
  • 1789 – The first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of them became the Bill of Rights.
  • 1890 – Mormon president Wilford Woodruff issued a manifesto formally renouncing the practice of polygamy.
  • 1957 – Nine black children who had been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., because of unruly white crowds were escorted to class by members of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.
  • 1981 – Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.