Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – July 30, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Who is watching the SLC mayoral primary debates? Trump continues his surge in the national polls. Hatch is raising tons of campaign cash.

The clock:

  • 12 days to the Utah municipal primary elections – (8/11/2015)
  • 96 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 172 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 179 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 180 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 224 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 334 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 467 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Who is paying attention to the Salt Lake City mayoral debates? Not very many people according to our latest poll [Utah Policy].
  2. Donald Trump continues his lead in the latest national poll, with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker coming in second and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in third [Politico].
  3. Then there were 17. Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore jumps into the already crowded GOP primary [US News and World Report].
  4. Sen. Orrin Hatch is stockpiling campaign cash even though he's not running for another term in 2018…or is he? [Tribune]
  5. The House passes a three-month extension of the highway bill. The measure now heads to the Senate [Roll Call].
  6. The former head of Qwest Communications says there's a good possibility the NSA monitored all telephone and text messages in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games [Tribune].
  7. Salt Lake City's former police headquarters could become a mixed-use development with housing and retail establishments [Tribune].
  8. Federal transit officials say an innovation pioneered by the Utah Transit Authority is a good example of how to reduce costs of delivering transit services to the disabled [Tribune].
  9. Officials say there's a high probability wreckage found on Reunion Island is from a Boeing 777. The only such plane missing right now is Malaysia Airlines MH370, which disappeared last year [BBC].
  10. India's population will surpass China's in 2022. That's much sooner than previously thought, as United Nations projections previously said that wouldn't happen until 2028 [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1619 – In Jamestown, Va., the first elected legislative assembly in the New World – the House of Burgesses – convened in the choir loft of the town's church.
  • 1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law.
  • 1974 – The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved a third article of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging him with ignoring congressional subpoenas. Nixon resigned a week later.
  • 1975 – Former Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa was last seen outside a suburban Detroit restaurant. He was declared dead in 1982.