Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – October 27, 2014

Reyes has a big lead in Utah's A.G. race. Owens and Love spending big in the final days of the 4th District contest. Utah's Democrats hope to make gains on Utah's Capitol Hill.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 8
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 91
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 136
  • Days to the 2015 election – 375
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 448
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 743

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our new poll shows Republican Sean Reyes is running away with the Attorney General race, leading Democrat Charles Stormont by a 57-22% margin [Utah Policy].
  2. New pre-election financial numbers show Mia Love and Doug Owens are spending freely in their race for Utah's 4th District [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Utah's Democrats are striving to make modest gains on Utah's Capitol Hill in next week's election [Tribune].
  4. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is gearing up for a possible presidential run in 2016 [New York Times].
  5. The Alpine School District Race between JoDee Sundberg and Dr. Maynard Olsen is getting a little nasty [Daily Herald].
  6. The Utah Supreme Court ruled that changes made by lawmakers to the process for putting a citizen's initiative on the ballot are not overly burdensome [Tribune].
  7. The White House dings Rep. Jason Chaffetz for his criticism of the administrations response to the Ebola virus [Tribune].
  8. After fierce criticism, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo backs off a mandatory Ebola quarantine, saying it can be spent at home [New York Times].
  9. New Census numbers show large growth in a number of Utah cities [Tribune].
  10. New standard tests show less than half of Utah students are proficient in key subjects [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1787 – The first of the Federalist Papers was published in a New York newspaper.
  • 1997 – The Dow Jones industrial average fell 554.26 points, forcing the stock market to shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.
  • 2005 – White House counsel Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court after three weeks of criticism from fellow conservatives.
  • 2008 – Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was convicted of seven corruption charges for lying about free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy donor. (A judge later dismissed the case, saying prosecutors had withheld evidence.)