Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – August 28, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns feel Hatch is more effective than Lee. A report suggests improvements at state liquor stores. Business and community leaders launch a campaign in favor of a proposed sales tax hike.

The clock:

  • 67 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 143 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 150 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 151 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 195 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 305 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 438 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll shows Utahns think Sen. Orrin Hatch is more effective in Washington than Sen. Mike Lee [Utah Policy].
  2. Embattled San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman says a recently surfaced map shows his ride into Recapture Canyon was not illegal, and he wants a new trial [Tribune].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert's administration releases some recommendations to improve operations at state liquor stores [Utah Policy, Fox 13Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Business and community leaders launch their campaign in favor of a proposed sales tax hike for transportation funding on November's ballot [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  5. The ACLU of Utah wants the state to reform the public defender system [ABC 4, Fox 13].
  6. Transportation officials want to improve the Sugar House Streetcar line and bus transit in West Valley City as part of a long-term plan [Tribune].
  7. Jordan Garn breaks down why Donald Trump is igniting the passions of Republican voters [Utah Policy].
  8. A Utah man has died of the bubonic plague [Deseret News, ABC 4].
  9. Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will hold a rally in Orem on Saturday morning [Deseret News].
  10. Hillary Clinton is reportedly trying to keep Vice President Joe Biden out of the 2016 presidential race [Associated Press]. Meanwhile, Democratic insiders say Biden will ultimately decide against a presidential bid [Politico].

On this day in history:

  • 1922 – A New York City realty company paid $100 for the first radio commercial.
  • 1955 – While visiting family members in Money, Miss., 14-year old Emmett Till, an African-American from Chicago, was killed for supposedly flirting with a white woman four days earlier. His alleged killers were acquitted.
  • 1963 – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
  • 2005 – Hurricane Katrina reached Category 5 status, touching off one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history.
  • 2008 – Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.