Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – August 17, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Johnson announces he's challenging Herbert. Special session on the prison move set for Wednesday. Herbert cuts off funding to Planned Parenthood.

The clock:

  • 78 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 154 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 161 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 162 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 206 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 316 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 449 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Jonathan Johnson officially announces he's challenging Gov. Gary Herbert in 2016 [Utah Policy, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. Republican delegates approve changes to bring the party in line with SB 54, but the party will still fight the election law compromise [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. Gov. Herbert calls a special session for lawmakers to vote on the planned prison move for Wednesday [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Gov. Herbert orders state agencies to stop distributing federal funds to Planned Parenthood [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  5. Presidential candidate Rand Paul is set to visit Utah at the end of August for a fundraiser and rally [Utah Policy].
  6. A survey finds most Utahns think the state's gun laws are fine and don't need to move in one direction or the other [Utah Policy].
  7. Salt Lake City officials scale back the proposed $150 million bond for recreation to under $100 million [Tribune].
  8. Donald Trump releases a three-point plan to address immigration reform [Donald Trump.com].
  9. A new poll shows Trump still in the lead nationally, but Ben Carson has surprisingly surged into second place [Fox News].
  10. UDOT releases their long-term plan to address rural transportation [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1896 – A prospecting party discovered gold in Alaska, which touched off the Klondike Gold Rush.
  • 1943 – The Allied conquest of Sicily was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina.
  • 1996 – The Reform Party nominated Texas businessman Ross Perot for president.
  • 1998 – President Bill Clinton said he had a relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky that was "not appropriate."