Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – October 16, 2014

Shurtleff asks a judge to throw out charges against him. Utah lawmaker will run legislation to change daylight savings time in Utah. The Utah State Fair turned a profit this year.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 19
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 102
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 147
  • Days to the 2015 election – 383
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 459
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 754

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff asks a judge to throw out the charges against him because, he argues, prosecutors cannot specify what criminal acts he allegedly committed [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Sen. Aaron Osmond says he will run legislation to either do away with or change daylight savings time in Utah [Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. A citizen's group asks lawmakers to raise sales taxes to fund increased services from the Utah Transit Authority [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. The Utah State Fair turned a profit this year [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Democrat Donna McAleer releases a campaign ad blaming Rob Bishop for last year's government shutdown; Bishop calls the ad misleading [Tribune].
  6. Utah Democrats slam Mia Love's statements during her debate with Doug Owens [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The Florida Gubernatorial debate took an interesting turn as Republican Rick Scott refused to take the state because Democrat Charlie Crist had a fan underneath his podium; he eventually relented [Washington Post].
  8. It's late in the campaign season, meaning stolen campaign signs are a big thing [Deseret News].
  9. A group is urging Gov. Gary Herbert to enforce Amendment 3 even thought it has been struck down as unconstitutional [Deseret News].
  10. After a feminist speaker cancelled an appearance at Utah State University because of anonymous threats of a mass shooting should she speak, Rep. Curt Oda says he wants to allow more open carrying of weapons on Utah's college campuses [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1793 – Marie Antoinette was beheaded during the French Revolution.
  • 1859 – Abolitionist John Brown, hoping to start an anti-slavery rebellion, led a raid on a federal armory at Harpers Ferry.
  • 1962 – The Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed of the presence of missile basis in Cuba.
  • 1978 – Polish Carinal Karol Wojtyla sas elected pope by the Catholic Church; he took the name John Paul II.
  • 2002 – President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq.