Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – October 20, 2014

Utahns are becoming more accepting of same-sex marriage. Swallow and Shurtleff due in court. Are the new SAGE report cards too complicated?


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 15
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 98
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 143
  • Days to the 2015 election – 379
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 455
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 750

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest poll shows Utahns are becoming more accepting of same-sex marriage following the Supreme Court decision which legalized the practice in Utah [Utah Policy].
  2. Former A.G.'s John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are due in court Monday [Deseret News].
  3. A new survey pegs Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney as the frontrunners for their respective party nominations in 2016 [ABC News].
  4. Rep. Rob Bishop has donated a quarter of his campaign cash to the Republican National Congressional Committee which helps GOP candidates win elections nationwide [Tribune].
  5. Utah education officials worry that report cards for the new SAGE testing may be too complicated for parents to understand [Tribune].
  6. Utah's jobless rate stays steady at 3.5% as the state adds 47,600 jobs last month [Deseret News].
  7. Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt is skeptical a travel ban would help stop the spread of Ebola [Tribune].
  8. Utahns rally to convince lawmakers to pass Gov. Gary Herbert's Medicaid expansion alternative [Deseret News].
  9. All of Salt Lake City's top planners have left employment at City Hall with few explanations as to why [Tribune].
  10. Property taxes are skyrocketing for some Utahns [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1803 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1947 – The House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence in the motion picture industry.
  • 1973 – Special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus were fired and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson resigned in the so-called Saturday Night Massacre.
  • 2011 – Moammar Gadhafi, Libya's dictator for 42 years, was killed by revolutionary fighters.