Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – July 16, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Former President George H.W. Bush suffers a fall. A Billboard company's new PAC is roiling the Salt Lake City mayoral race. Rep. Mia Love pulls in big bucks from banks.


  •  26 days to the Utah municipal primary elections – (8/11/2015)
  • 110 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 187 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 194 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 195 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 239 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 349 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 482 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former President George H.W. Bush suffered a fall and broke a bone in his neck. Doctors say his injury is not life-threatening [Reuters].
  2. A new PAC formed by a billboard company is putting up signs supporting Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Jackie Biskupski. Other candidates in that race are crying foul [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. Rep. Mia Love rakes in big campaign bucks from financial institutions because of her position on the House Banking Committee [Tribune].
  4. The Medicaid expansion debate gets personal for House Speaker Greg Hughes [Utah Policy].
  5. A judge rules in favor of a lesbian couple who sought to have both women listed as the legal parents on their infant daughter's birth certificate [Tribune, Deseret NewsFox 13].
  6. Utah GOP Chairman James Evans probably won't draw a serious challenger in his re-election bid next month [Utah Policy].
  7. Sen. Al Jackson proposes a new method for selecting state school board members which includes some by non-partisan elections, others by partisan elections and a third group appointed by the governor [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Rep. Kim Coleman wants to find a compromise to allow Tesla to sell vehicles from its dealership in Salt Lake City. Right now, Utah law prohibits dealers from directly selling cars to consumers [Deseret News].
  9. Tooele County Commissioners approve a 24-percent raise for themselves while giving county employees a 3-percent cost of living pay bump [Tribune].
  10. Oh, hey there Pluto! Looking good! [Space.com]

On this day in history:

  • 1790 – The U.S. Congress designated the District of Columbia as the permanent seat of the U.S. government.
  • 1918 – Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family were killed by Bolsheviks who had held them captive for two months.
  • 1945 – The first test of the atom bomb was conducted at a secret base near Alamogordo, N.M.
  • 1969 – Apollo 11, the first moon-landing mission, was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins.
  • 2004 – Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of house arrest after being found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding and making false statements to federal investigators.