Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – October 15, 2014

Love and Owens face off in a debate. GOED faces a tough state audit. Utah's budget surplus continues to grow.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 20
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 103
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 148
  • Days to the 2015 election – 384
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 460
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 755

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Mia Love and Doug Owens demonstrate sharp differences in their approach to a number of issues during their only televised debate [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Owens probably didn't do what he needed in order to close the gap between him and Love [Utah Policy].
  3. GOED faces a harsh state audit that says the organization is not exercising enough oversight in tax incentives awarded to companies that move or expand in the state [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. More good economic news for Utah as the state's budget surplus continues to grow [Utah Policy].
  5. The Supreme Court blocks parts of an expansive anti-abortion law passed by Texas lawmakers [Huffington Post].
  6. A second Texas healthcare worker has tested positive for Ebola [The Hill].
  7. Defense officials want to expand the Utah Test and Training Range by more than 700,000 acres [Tribune].
  8. A source says President Obama will not nominate a replacement for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder until after the midterm elections [The Hill].
  9. A feminist blogger cancels an appearance at Utah State University citing Utah's lax gun laws after school officials received anonymous threats promising a mass shooting if she was allowed to speak on campus [Forbes, Deseret News].
  10. Millions of private photos from Snapchat leak online [Tech Crunch].

On this day in history:

  • 1860 – Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard.
  • 1966 – The U.S. Department of Transportation was created.
  • 1969 – Peace demonstrators stage protests across the country, including a candlelight vigil around the White House.
  • 1990 – Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1991 – The Senate narrowly confirmed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court on a 52-48 vote.