Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – September 29, 2014

Herbert's approval ratings remain high while Lee's are recovering. Mia Love talks campaign 2014. Equality Utah names a controversial figure as its new head.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 36
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 119
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 164
  • Days to the 2015 election – 400
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 476
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 771

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Herbert's approval ratings continue to impress while Sen. Mike Lee's numbers are starting to recover [Utah Policy].
  2. Mia Love talks campaign 2014 and how, if elected, she will vote to repeal Obamacare [Utah Policy].
  3. Democrat Brian Wonnacott, who is challenging Rep. Jason Chaffetz, isn't putting up much of a fight [Tribune].
  4. The two candidates for Attorney General are on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage issue [Tribune].
  5. An activist group releases a survey showing Utahns are split on the issue of same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  6. On Monday, the Supreme Court starts considering whether they will take up a number of same-sex marriage cases next year [Deseret News].
  7. Troy Williams, an activist with a flair for controversy, is named the new head of Equality Utah [Tribune].
  8. Sen. John Valentine reflects on more than a quarter-century in the legislature [Daily Herald].
  9. Some Republicans admit they waited to confirm Valentine to the Utah Tax Commission to keep his seat from being filled by a general election this November [Tribune].
  10. About a half-dozen firms are interested in building the convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – The U.S. War Department established a regular army.
  • 1978 – Pope John Paul I was found dead a little more than one month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 2005 – John Roberts was sworn in as the nation's 17th chief justice.
  • 2008 – The Dow Jones Industrial average fell more than 777 points after the House defeated a $700 billion rescue plan for the nation's financial system.