Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – August 14, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

A Colorado court rules a bakery cannot discriminate against a same-sex couple because of the owner's religious beliefs. The Utah GOP convention is Saturday. Turnout for this week's vote-by-mail primary exceeded expectations.

The clock:

  • 81 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 157 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 164 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 165 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 209 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 319 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 452 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A Colorado appeals court rules a bakery that refused service to a same-sex couple because of the owner's religious beliefs is guilty of discrimination [Denver Post].
  2. Delegates at Saturday's GOP convention will vote on whether the party will comply with the Count My Vote compromise [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  3. HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell meets with legislative leaders in Salt Lake City to discuss Utah's plans for Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  4. Officials are thrilled with the high turnout from this week's vote by mail primary election [Fox 13].
  5. A Lehi City Council candidate may call for a new election after an error counting ballots in this week's election [Daily Herald].
  6. LGBT candidates had some successes in Salt Lake City elections this week [Deseret News].
  7. Salt Lake City officials are exploring every possible option, including a lawsuit, to keep the prison from relocating to a site near the airport [ABC 4].
  8. The Utah State Charter School Board is considering closing two charter schools [Deseret News].
  9. Gov. Gary Herbert is urging parents to let kids walk to school this fall [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. The Connecticut Supreme Court strikes down that state's death penalty statute as unconstitutional [NBC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1784 – Grigory Shelikhov, a Russian fur trader, founded the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska on Kodiak Island.
  • 1848 – The Oregon Territory was established.
  • 1935 – Congress passed the Social Security Act and President Franklin D. Roosevelt immediately signed it into law.
  • 1945 – President Harry Truman announced Japan had accepted terms for unconditional surrender. Japan formally surrendered September 2.