Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – September 4, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Trump signs the GOP "loyalty pledge." A new poll shows Republicans prefer Ben Carson over Donald Trump. Mia Love improperly used taxpayer money to attend a social event in Washington.

The clock:

  • 60 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 136 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 143 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 144 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 188 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 298 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 431 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. As expected, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump signed a "loyalty pledge" to keep him from running as a third-party candidate if he doesn't win the GOP nomination [The Hill].
  2. A new national poll shows Republican voters prefer retired surgeon Ben Carson over Trump 55-36% [New York Times].
  3. Rep. Mia Love says she will repay money to her congressional account that she improperly used to attend a social function in Washington, D.C. [The Hill, Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  4. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker reflects on his firing of former Police Chief Chris Burbank, saying he could have handled the situation better [Utah Policy, Deseret NewsKUER].
  5. A conservative group spent a lot more than they initially reported supporting Mia Love's 2014 run for Congress [Utah Policy].
  6. A new report shows Utah spends less on children than the state did before the Great Recession [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. SAGE testing scores show some Utah charter schools are among the best, and worst, performing schools in the state [Tribune].
  8. Environmental officials say there's very little impact in Lake Powell from a mine spill that released toxic waste into the Animas River [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. A Kentucky clerk who was refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it was against her religious beliefs is headed to jail [New York Times]. 
  10. Utah's religious liberty law keeps the Kentucky same-sex marriage standoff from repeating itself in the Beehive State [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1609 – Navigator Henry Hudson discovered the island of Manhattan.
  • 1781 – Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers.
  • 1957 – Arkansas Gov. Orval Fabus called out the National Guard to prevent nine African-American students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.
  • 1972 – American swimmer Mark Spitz became the first athlete to win seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games.
  • 2006 – Steve Irwin, Australia's internationally renowned "Crocodile Hunter" TV star, was killed by a stingray barb to the heart while he was filming underwater.