Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – October 29, 2014

National Democrats are set to start spending to support Doug Owens. Sean Reyes outraising Charles Stormont by a 2-1 margin. Poll shows Gill with a 9-point lead in the Salt Lake District Attorney race.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 6
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 89
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 134
  • Days to the 2015 election – 373
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 446
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 741

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. National Democrats are poised to start spending in Utah's 4th Congressional District race [Utah Policy].
  2. Sean Reyes is beating Charles Stormont in the campaign cash race by a 2-1 margin [Deseret News].
  3. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has a lead over Republican Steve Nelson heading into election day according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  4. The LDS Dems group is trying to win over voters through a billboard campaign [Deseret News].
  5. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams unveils his $1.1 billion budget proposal, which includes no tax hike [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Prosecutors oppose trying former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff separately [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A group of business and civic leaders unveil a five-year plan to boost Utah's public education system [Deseret News].
  8. A new poll out of BYU shows that priorities Utahns have for Utah lawmakers [Utah Data Points].
  9. Former gubernatorial candidate Dell "Super Dell" Shanze is facing federal charges for allegedly chasing a barn owl with a paraglider [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. A report from the state Office of the Medical Examiner concludes a 22-year-old Saratoga Springs man was shot in the back and killed by police officers while he was running away [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1929 – Stock prices collapsed on the New York Stock Exchange amid panic selling. Thousands of investors were wiped out.
  • 1940 – The United States began its first peacetime military draft.
  • 1966 – The National Organization for Women was founded.
  • 1969 – The Internet was born when the first host-to-host connection was made on an experimental military computer network between UCLA and Stanford.
  • 2004 – Osama bin Laden directly admitted for the first time he had ordered the Sept. 11 attacks.