Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – September 30, 2014

Republicans boosting Lee's popularity resurgence. Utahns disapprove of Congress. Utah County GOP will pick Valentine's replacement in November.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 35
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 118
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 163
  • Days to the 2015 election – 399
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 475
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 770

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Sen. Mike Lee can thank Republicans for the resurgence in his approval ratings [Utah Policy].
  2. 81% of Utahns don't approve of the job Congress is doing, but 74% approve of the Utah Legislature [Utah Policy].
  3. The Utah County GOP will pick a replacement for outgoing Sen. John Valentine on November 15 [Daily Herald].
  4. Rep. Jon Cox is preparing legislation that would allow 16 and 17-year-olds to register to vote before they turn 18 [Tribune].
  5. The Supreme Court rules Ohio officials can limit early voting in the state [Politico].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert won't announce a deal with the feds on Medicaid expansion at his annual health summit [Deseret News].
  7. Rumors are still swirling that both Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman may be considering another run for president [Deseret News].
  8. Democratic Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont says he wants to put some teeth in ethical standards for Utah government [Utah Policy].
  9. Utah officials are now waiting to see what the Supreme Court will do about same-sex marriage [Deseret News].
  10. The University of Utah is on a construction spree [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1788 – The Pennsylvania Legislature elected the first two members of the U.S. Senate – William Maclay and Robert Morris.
  • 1938 – British, French, German and Italian leaders agreed that Nazi Germany would be allowed to annex Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
  • 1955 – Actor James Dean was killed in a two-car collision at age 24.
  • 1962 – Black student James Merideth succeeded on his fourth try in registering for classes at the University of Mississippi.
  • 1982 – "Cheers" premiered on NBC.