Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – August 24, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

A poll shows a majority of Utahns are opposed to Planned Parenthood. Utah government emails found in the Ashley Madison hack. Utah County voters may have to cast two different ballots in November.

The clock:

  • 71 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 147 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 154 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 155 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 199 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 309 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 442 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest poll shows a majority of Utahns oppose Planned Parenthood and using fetal tissue in medical research [Utah Policy].
  2. At least 20 Utah government emails have been found in the data from hacked adultery website Ashley Madison [Tribune].
  3. Some Utah County residents may have to vote twice in November because county officials will not allow cities to put a proposed sales tax hike for transportation funding on mail-in ballots [Daily Herald, Tribune, KUER].
  4. Utahns join a nationwide protest against Planned Parenthood over the weekend [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Julian Babbitt, Executive Director of the Utah GOP, is resigning to take a job in California [Utah Policy, Fox 13].
  6. A former advisor to Donald Trump says he hears chatter that Mitt Romney is once again considering a presidential bid in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  7. Vice President Joe Biden met with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren this weekend to discuss his possible presidential bid [New York Times].
  8. Utah's unemployment numbers jump slightly [Deseret News, Daily Herald, ABC 4].
  9. China's mediocre economy led to last week's dramatic market slowdown, which could continue this week [Reuters].
  10. Salt Lake City plans to turn the old public safety building into mixed-income housing [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].

On this day in history:

  • 79 – Thousands died, and the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy.
  • 1814 – The British captured Washington and burned the Capitol and White House.
  • 1932 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the United States.
  • 1992 – Hurricane Andrew hit Florida causing record amounts of damage and 55 deaths.
  • 2006 – The International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was no longer a planet, demoting it to the status of a "dwarf planet."