Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – October 2, 2014

Reyes and Stormont debate. Chaffetz hails the resignation of Secret Service head Julia Pierson. More hints Romney might run in 2016.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 33
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 116
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 161
  • Days to the 2015 election – 397
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 473
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 768

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Republican Sean Reyes and Democrat Charles Stormont meet in their first debate for Attorney General [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns after an embarassing string of security breaches [New York Times].
  3. Rep. Jason Chaffetz hails Pierson's resignation as the right decision [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. A Dallas hospital at first failed to diagnose America's first case of Ebola, missing an opportunity to isolate the man when he first became contagious [Vox].
  5. Some Utah patients have been tested for Ebola, but the results have been negative [ABC 4].
  6. Sen. Mike Lee says conservatives need to lead a new war on poverty [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Rep. Paul Ryan says he won't run for president in 2016 if Mitt Romney does [Christian Science Monitor].
  8. Gov. Gary Herbert's "Clean Air Action Team" recommends a number of steps to combat Utah's pollution problem [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Utah regulators unveil a plan to improve air quality over the state's national parks, but it does nothing to cut emissions from two older coal-fired power plants [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Weber County commission Chairman Kerry Gibson has some harsh words for the Utah Transit Authority [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1944 – The two-month-long Warsaw Uprising was squelched by Nazi troops battling the Polish underground.
  • 1967 – Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1990 – The Senate voted 90-9 to confirm Supreme Court nominee David Souter.
  • 2002 – A man was shot and killed in a grocery store parking lot in Wheaton, Md., the first victim in a series of sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area that left 10 people dead.