Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – July 28, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Most Utahns remain opposed to same-sex marriage. The LDS Church is re-evaluating their relationship with the Boy Scouts following the decision to allow gay leaders. Most Salt Lake City residents say Mayor Ralph Becker did not act appropriately when he forced out former Chief Chris Burbank.

The clock:

  • 14 days to the Utah municipal primary elections – (8/11/2015)
  • 98 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 174 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 181 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 182 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 226 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 336 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 469 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. 58% of Utahns remain opposed to same-sex marriage following the Supreme Court decision making the practice legal in all 50 states [Utah Policy].
  2. The LDS Church is reevaluating their relationship with the Boy Scouts following the group's decision to end their ban on gay adult leaders [Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. A majority of Salt Lake City residents say Mayor Ralph Becker did not act appropriately when he ousted former Police Chief Chris Burbank; about 40% say that decision will make them less likely to vote for Becker in this year's election [Utah Policy].
  4. Opponents of the plan to move the state prison away from Draper say a new study touting the benefits of the move does not make enough of a case to warrant the relocation [Deseret News].
  5. Sen. Mike Lee abandons his effort to force a vote on repealing Obamacare after one of his staffers emailed outside conservative groups asking them to add the vote to their legislative scorecards which would have forced his Republican colleagues to weigh in on the measure [Washington Post].
  6. Rep. Jason Chaffetz calls for the resignation of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen [Tribune].
  7. Gov. Gary Herbert says the so-called "group of six" is less than a month away from having their Medicaid expansion proposal ready for legislative consideration [Deseret News].
  8. Former Attorney General John Swallow pleads not guilty to the 14 counts of corruption and bribery. His trial is set for April of next year [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  9. Mail-in ballots for this year's municipal primary are making their way back to election officials in smaller than expected numbers [Tribune].
  10. 33 local governments in Utah are proposing tax hikes this year [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1868 – The ratified 14th Amendment was adopted into the Constitution, guaranteeing citizenship and all its privileges to African-Americans.
  • 1896 – The city of Miami, Florida was incorporated.
  • 1914 – World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
  • 1945 – A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City's Empire State Building, killing 14 people.
  • 1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.