Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.
Another PAC steps up to spend big for Jackie Biskupski. Trump surges to the top of the national polls. Becker backs away from a tax hike tied to the prison relocation.
- 21 days to the Utah municipal primary elections – (8/11/2015)
- 105 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
- 181 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
- 188 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
- 189 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
- 233 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
- 343 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
- 476 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
Tuesday's top-10 headlines:
- A PAC with long-standing ties to Jackie Biskupski is paying for some polling for her campaign [Utah Policy].
- An Iowa newspaper calls for Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race [Des Moines Register].
- Trump continues his surge in the polls, tying Jeb Bush for the national lead among Republicans [New York Times].
- Republican John Kasich will announce his bid for the White House on Tuesday [Politico].
- Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is backing away from a proposed sales tax hike tied to the prison relocation in Salt Lake City [Tribune].
- A loophole in Utah's campaign finance rules will allow Gov. Gary Herbert and other politicians to donate money to embattled San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman's defense [Tribune].
- Lyman's lawyers argue the judge in the case should recuse himself because of his ties to an environmental group [ABC 4].
- Utah will not appeal a ruling allowing a lesbian couple to be named on a child's birth certificate as the legal parents [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Salt Lake County is planning to build more outdoor recreation facilities [Tribune].
- The DABC announces raises for store employees [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
On this day in history:
- 1861 – The first major battle of the Civil War occurred at Bull Run Creek, Va.
- 1925 – The so-called Monkey Trial, which pitted Clarence Darrow against William Jennings Bryan in Tennessee ended with John Thomas Scopes convicted and fined $100 for teaching evolution in violation of state law.
- 1969 – Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin lifted off from the moon in the Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle and docked with the command module Columbia piloted by Michael Collins.
- 2007 – "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and final installment in the series, sold more than 8.3 million copies on its first day in bookstores.