Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – August 13, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Jimmy Carter announces he has cancer. Mia Love's approval ratings show she could be in trouble in 2016. Herbert declares a state of emergency due to pollution in the San Juan River.

The clock:

  • 82 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 158 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 165 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 166 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 210 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 320 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 453 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former President Jimmy Carter announces he has cancer [New York Times].
  2. Approval ratings for Utah's members of Congress suggest Rep. Mia Love could be vulnerable in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert declares a state of emergency due to the plume of toxic waste flowing into the San Juan River [Utah Policy, ABC 4, Fox 13, Tribune].
  4. Salt Lake City could launch a referendum to stop the prison from being relocated there from Draper [Deseret News].
  5. Former spokesperson for Mayor Ralph Becker has been demoted and reassigned due to politically charged comments he posted online [Fox 13, Deseret NewsTribune].
  6. UTA president and CEO Michael Allegra announces he will retire at the end of August [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  7. Delegates at Saturday's Utah GOP Convention are expected to approve changes so that the party can become a "qualified political party" under the Count My Vote compromise [Utah Policy].
  8. Utah Transit Authority officials say they won't campaign for a proposed sales tax hike that would benefit the agency [Tribune].
  9. Donald Trump takes the lead among Republicans in Iowa according to a new poll [CNN].
  10. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he would seriously consider becoming Trump's running mate if asked [CBS Minnesota].

On this day in history:

  • 1521 – Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captured present-day Mexico City from the Aztecs.
  • 1932 – Adolf Hitler rejected the post of vice-chancellor of Germany, saying he was prepared to hold out for "all or nothing."
  • 1961 – East Germany closed the Brandenburg Gate and prepared to start building the Berlin Wall.
  • 2011 – Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann won the Iowa Straw poll.