Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – October 8, 2014

Utah drops appeal of a decision requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages. Religious liberty will be an issue on Utah's Capitol Hill in 2015. Chaffetz and Wonnacott debate.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 27
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 110
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 155
  • Days to the 2015 election – 391
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 467
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 762

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah drops their appeal of a court ruling requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. The issue of "religious liberty" will likely return to Utah's Capitol Hill following the Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage legal in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. 3rd Congressional District candidates Jason Chaffetz and Brian Wonnacott debate at Utah Valley University [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. A majority of Utahns support Rep. Rob Bishop's Public Lands Initiative [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah Republicans really like the idea of suing the federal government to gain control of public lands in the state [Utah Policy].
  6. Education policy highlights big differences between Mia Love and Doug Owens in their 4th Congressional District race [Tribune].
  7. A legal review of how Utah adopted the Common Core standards says no laws have been broken and the state is still in control of public schools [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. The state launches a new website featuring an online game that Utahns can play to help guide future development [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Stericycle says Ebola-related waste from Texas will not be coming to their Utah facility for disposal [Standard-Examiner].
  10. The International Monetary Fund cuts its global economic growth forecast [Wall Street Journal].

On this day in history:

  • 1871 – The Great Chicago Fire started, which destroyed four square miles of the city.
  • 1918 – American Army Sgt. Alvin York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest in France.
  • 1959 – Margaret Thatcher was first elected to the British Parliament.