Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – July 27, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Lee fails in his bid to force a vote on Obamacare repeal. Are the feds plotting a new national monument in Utah? More billboard shenanigans in the Salt Lake City mayoral race.

The clock:

  • 15 days to the Utah municipal primary elections – (8/11/2015)
  • 99 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 175 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 182 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 183 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 227 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 337 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 470 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Sen. Mike Lee fails in his bid to force a vote on repealing Obamacare [The Hill, PoliticoTribune].
  2. Sen. Orrin Hatch slams fellow Sen. Ted Cruz for accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying about the process on the federal highway bill [Washington Post].
  3. Hatch has donated money to Lee's re-election bid but has not endorsed the state's junior Senator [Tribune].
  4. A secret meeting in southern Utah is stoking fears the federal government is plotting a new national monument in the state [Deseret News].
  5. An independent PAC is putting up more billboards in support of Ralph Becker's opponents in the Salt Lake City Mayoral race [Utah Policy].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert takes over as head of the National Governors Association [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  7. Democrat Doug Owens says he's ready for a rematch with Rep. Mia Love in 2016 [Deseret News].
  8. Utah gets another waiver exempting the state from portions of No Child Left Behind [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. The NSA has paid more than $1 million to the state for the Utah Highway Patrol to police the entrance to their data center in Bluffdale [Tribune].
  10. Utah transportation officials are working to reduce congestion at the state's busiest intersections [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – Congress established the Department of Foreign Affairs, the forerunner of the State Department.
  • 1953 – A truce officially ended the Korean War.
  • 1974 – The House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend President Richard Nixon's impeachment on a charge that he had personally engaged in a "course of conduct" designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.
  • 1996 – A bomb exploded at Olympic Park in Atlanta during the Summer Games, killing a woman and injuring more than 100 other people. 
  • 2003 – Legendary comic Bob Hope died of pneumonia at his home in California. He was 100 years old.