Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – October 3, 2014

No action yet by SCOTUS on same-sex marriage. 56 possible witnesses in the cases against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. Number of secret bills exploding on Utah's Capitol Hill.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 32
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 115
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 160
  • Days to the 2015 election – 396
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 472
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 767

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Supreme Court does not decide to take up any same-sex marriage cases, but they will meet again next week to decide more cases to consider [The HillTribune, Deseret News].
  2. There are 56 possible witnesses in the cases against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  3. A paitent at Primary Children's Hospital is being monitored for signs of Ebola, but doctors say it's "extraordinarily unlikely" that person has the virus [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. An American freelance cameraman in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola [NY Daily News].
  5. Up to 100 people in Dallas are being monitored for symptoms of Ebola [Politico].
  6. More than 60% of the bills being prepared for next year's legislative session are being readied in secret [Utah Policy].
  7. Mitt Romney's Utah voter-registration form has no party affiliation and lists the wrong address for the former presidential candidate [Tribune].
  8. Utah may be facing a water shortage as the population explodes [ABC 4].
  9. Nine Utah counties are using vote-by-mail for this year's election [Tribune].
  10. About 300 protestors will participate in a demonstration against police violence in downtown Salt Lake on Saturday [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.
  • 1990 – West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring a new unified country.
  • 1995 – A jury found O.J. Simpson innocent of murder in the 1994 slayings of his former wife Nichole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.
  • 2005 – President George W. Bush nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. Miers withdrew three weeks later.
  • 2008 – the House gave final Congressional approval to a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry.