Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – August 7, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

GOP presidential candidates face off in their first debate. Utah GOP Chairman James Evans says Marco Rubio improved his stock the most during the debate. Sen. Mike Lee's approval ratings are higher than Sen. Orrin Hatch.

The clock:

  • 4 days to the Utah municipal primary elections – (8/11/2015)
  • 88 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 164 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 171 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 172 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 216 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 326 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 459 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Who were the winners and losers from the first GOP Primary debate? [Politico].
  2. A post-debate focus group found many Republican voters were turned off by Donald Trump's performance [Fox News].
  3. Utah GOP Chairman James Evans attended the debate and said Florida Senator Marco Rubio improved his stock more than any other candidate [Utah Policy].
  4. A new poll puts Sen. Mike Lee's approval ratings higher than those of Sen. Orrin Hatch [Utah Policy].
  5. A group of Utah business leaders plan to campaign in favor of a proposed sales tax hike to fund transportation needs [Tribune].
  6. The Outdoor Retailers show is close to making a decision about whether the convention will stay in Salt Lake City [Associated Press].
  7. Sen. Curt Bramble becomes the president of the National Conference of State Legislatures [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  8. The Utah State Board of Education move to revise science standards for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders [Deseret News].
  9. Sen. Chuck Schumer announces he will oppose the nuclear deal with Iran [Medium].
  10. Russian hackers reportedly compromised an unclassified email system at the Pentagon [Slate].

On this day in history:

  • 1782 – The Order of the Purple Heart was established by Gen. George Washington to honor Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War.
  • 1964 – Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers to deal with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
  • 1998 – al-Qaida set off bombs at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224 people.
  • 2005 – Peter Jennings, anchor and senior editor of ABC News World News Tonight, died from lung cancer at the age of 67.
  • 2007 – Barry Bonds became baseball's career home run leader when he hit No. 756, passing Hank Aaron's mark.