Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – September 2, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Romney "horrified" by Trump's candidacy. There are some growing pains for Utah's plan to reform the criminal justice system. Utah officials are mulling a digital version of drivers licenses.

The clock:

  • 62 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 138 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 145 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 146 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 190 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 300 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 433 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Some people close to former GOP nominee Mitt Romney say the former Massachusetts governor is "horrified" by Donald Trump's ascendancy, which is sparking talk Romney might jump into the 2016 field [New York Magazine].
  2. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz say the Environmental Protection Agency knew there was a risk the Gold King Mine could release toxic sludge into the Animas River, but didn't do anything to stop it [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. The ambitious criminal justice reform passed by the legislature is causing some confusion amongst those who have to enforce the new standards [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah officials are toying with the idea of establishing a digital drivers license so that citizens don't have to carry a paper version [Fox 13].
  5. The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office officially takes over the Salt Lake City prosecutor's office [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Utahns mostly think the University of Utah will have the best football season of all the local college teams [Utah Policy].
  7. A majority of Republican voters nationwide think President Barack Obama is a Muslim according to a new poll [The Hill].
  8. President Obama is one vote away from an important foreign policy victory. He needs one more Senator to approve his Iran nuclear deal to sustain his veto if Congressional Republicans vote to kill the plan [Huffington Post].
  9. CNN has changed their rules for who will appear on stage at the second GOP debate, clearing the way for Carly Fiorina to get a place in the primetime field [Politico].
  10. Donald Trump will appear on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Sept. 11 [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – The U.S. Treasury Department was established.
  • 1864 – Union Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta during the Civil War.
  • 1901 – Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • 1945 – Japan signed an unconditional surrender aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri, formally ending World War II.
  • 2005 – President George W. Bush told Michael Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" during a tour Hurricane Katrina damage in Alabama.