Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – October 17, 2014

Love is swimming in campaign cash. Obama may name an "Ebola czar." Lawmakers look to stop the exploding number of "secret" bills on Utah's Capitol Hill.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 18
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 101
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 146
  • Days to the 2015 election – 382
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 458
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 753

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Mia Love is winning the campaign cash race over Doug Owens, and it's not even close [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Love is part of a new TV ad from the national GOP urging women to vote Republican [Deseret News].
  3. President Obama may name an "Ebola czar" to manage the government's response to the virus [New York Times].
  4. Rep. Jim Matheson testifies at a special Congressional hearing about Ebola and other potential pandemics [Tribune].
  5. Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, was discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine [Wall Street Journal].
  6. Utah lawmakers look for solutions to the exploding number of "secret" bills on Capitol Hill [Utah Policy].
  7. A new poll gives the Democratic party their lowest national ratings since the early 1980's [Washington Post].
  8. Former Utah teacher Lily Eskelsen Garcia, now the president of the National Education Association, bemoans the "toxic" culture of testing in public schools [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. A feminist activist who cancelled an appearance at Utah State University because of death threats made against her is urging other lecturers to boycott Utah colleges until guns are banned from campuses [Tribune].
  10. The Cache County Council is mulling a tax hike to help fund roads [Herald Journal].

On this day in history:

  • 1777 – British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y.
  • 1931 – Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
  • 1973 – Arab oil-producing nations announced they would cut back oil exports to Western nations and Japan; the embargo lasted until March of 1974.
  • 1989 – An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern California, killing 67 people and causing $7 billion worth of damage.