Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – July 23, 2014

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

A poll shows a tight contest for Salt Lake City Mayor. Donald Trump threatens a third-party run. Lindsey Graham shows us how to destroy a cell phone.

The clock:

  •  19 days to the Utah municipal primary elections – (8/11/2015)
  • 103 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 179 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 186 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 187 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 231 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 341 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 474 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest poll shows the race between Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski is a virtual dead heat, with nearly 40% of Salt Lake City voters still undecided [Utah Policy].
  2. Donald Trump says he may launch a third-party bid if the GOP establishment is "unfair" to him during his current quest for the Republican nomination [The Hill].
  3. This is probably the best thing you'll watch all day. After Trump gave out his cell phone number at a rally, Lindsey Graham shows us the best ways to destroy an old phone [YouTube].
  4. A proposed $15 minimum wage is headed to the ballot in Washington, D.C. [New York Times].
  5. A group trying to keep the state prison in Draper made another bid to put the issue on the ballot [Deseret News].
  6. Salt Lake County will not send out voter information packets to residents in unincorporated areas regarding the Community Preservation issue on November's ballot [Tribune].
  7. State Auditor John Dougall wants to look into how officials in northern Utah are handling a flooding problem in many Ogden homes [Standard-Examiner].
  8. Salt Lake County leaders want to boost exporting and foreign investment [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. A new study shows the number of legal and illegal immigrants from Mexico has dropped sharply in recent years [New York Times].
  10. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services will no longer require new American citizens to pledge they will "bear arms on behalf of the United States" as part of the naturalization process [Washington Examiner].

On this day in history:

  • 1914 – Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb assassin; the dispute led to World War I.
  • 1967 – Rioting erupted on 12th Street in the heart of Detroit's predominantly African-American inner city. By the time the riots ended four days later, 43 people had died.
  • 1973 – Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox served subpoenas on the White House after President Richard Nixon refused to turn over requested tapes and documents.
  • 1984 – Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title, because of nude photographs published in Penthouse magazine.
  • 2011 – Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home from accidental alcohol poisoning.