Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – November 10, 2014

62% of Utahns want to get rid of the "Zion Curtain." Supreme Court agrees to hear another challenge to Obamacare. Utah's voter turnout hits an historic low.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 77
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 122
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 274
  • Days to the 2015 election – 358
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 434
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 729

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll shows 62% of Utahns want to get rid of the so-called "Zion Curtain" in restaurants that serve alcohol [Utah Policy].
  2. The Supreme Court agrees to hear a case challenging whether the government can provide tax credits to consumers using the federally-run Obamacare healthcare exchanges [Huffington Post].
  3. President Obama announces he has tapped federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as his nominee for Attorney General. If confirmed she would be the first black woman to hold the position [New York Times].
  4. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz are in line for some plum and powerful assignments in the next Congress [Associated Press].
  5. Utah's voter turnout hits an anemic 40% this year, which is the lowest since 1960 [KSL].
  6. A federal court upholds same-sex marriage bans in four states. What does that mean for Utah? [Deseret News].
  7. Enrollment in Utah's charter schools is booming [Deseret News].
  8. Brad Smith assumes the helm as Utahs new state superintendent [Tribune].
  9. Charges have been dropped against one of the defendants who participated in a protest against federal control of public lands [Tribune].
  10. The Salt Lake County Health Department wants to fine those who use woodburing stoves on voluntary no-burn days [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 – The U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress.
  • 1871 – Journalist Henry Stanley found missing missionary David Livingstone in central Africa and delivered his famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
  • 1975 – The ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm in Lake Superior.
  • 1982 – Soveit leader Leonid Brezhnev died at age 75.