Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – October 13, 2014

Poll shows Mia Love with a 9-point lead over Doug Owens. Brad Smith tapped as new state superintendent. Herbert's fundraiser sells out.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 22
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 105
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 150
  • Days to the 2015 election – 386
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 462
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 757

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our exclusive poll shows Mia Love has a 9-point lead over Doug Owens [Utah Policy].
  2. That poll suggests Owens has a chance at upsetting Love, but it's not going to be easy [Utah Policy].
  3. The state school board selects Ogden Superintendent Brad Smith as the new state superintendent [Deseret News].
  4. A federal judge strikes down Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage [Washington Post].
  5. Some members of the LDS Church are pushing leaders to become more accepting of gays and lesbians [Tribune].
  6. A health worker in Texas tests positive for Ebola. Officials blame a breach in protocol for the infection [Wall Street Journal].
  7. Gov. Gary Herbert's annual fundraiser this year sold out so quickly he's planning on holding another one later this year [Deseret News].
  8. A split among the 11 cities that make up UTOPIA could doom the fiber-optic network [Tribune].
  9. The Secretary of the Davis County GOP resigns, alleges financial misconduct by party leaders [Tribune].
  10. Could a judge's ruling dismissing the case against a police officer charged with the shooting death of a civilian have an impact in the race for Salt Lake District Attorney [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 – The Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.
  • 1792 – The cornerstone of the White House was laid during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.
  • 1960 – Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised presidential debate of the presidential campaign. Nixon was in Hollywood, California and Kennedy was in New York.
  • 1999 – The JonBenet Ramsey grand jury was dismissed after 13 months; prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence to charge anyone in the 6-year-old's strangulation.