Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – August 5, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The lineup for the first GOP debate is set. The Prison Relocation Commission could announce a new site next week. Becker has a massive cash advantage over his nearest rival.

The clock:

  • 6 days to the Utah municipal primary elections – (8/11/2015)
  • 90 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 166 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 173 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 174 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 218 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 328 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 461 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Fox News announces the ten candidates who will be on the stage during the first debate Thursday night in Cleveland [Politico].
  2. The Prison Relocation Commission may announce the proposed site for the new correctional facility next week [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  3. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has a massive cash advantage over his nearest rival, Jackie Biskupski. The independent PAC formed by a billboard company is spending big in that race according to new financial disclosure forms [Utah Policy].
  4. The Salt Lake County Council votes to put a proposed sales tax hike to fund transportation on November's ballot [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  5. The Provo City Council gives the thumbs up to a proposed property tax increase [Daily Herald].
  6. State officials are making recommendations on how best to keep service members safe in the aftermath of the deadly shooting in Chatanooga [ABC 4].
  7. Two Salt Lake City school districts approve property tax hikes. The money raised will mostly pay to help fund charter schools [Tribune].
  8. Overstock.com chairman Jonathan Johnson talks more about his possible challenge to Gov. Gary Herbert next year [Tribune].
  9. Utah State Prison officials are on alert after a drone was sited flying near the facility last month [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  10. The LDS Church releases the first-ever photos of the "seer stone" used by founder Joseph Smith to produce the Book of Mormon [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln approved the first federal income tax. It was rescinded in 1872.
  • 1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.
  • 1962 – Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose at the age of 35.
  • 1974 – President Richard Nixon admitted ordering the Watergate investigation halted six-days after the break-in. Nixon said he expected to be impeached.