Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – September 9, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Clinton apologizes for her use of a private email server. Support for a sales tax hike may be waning slightly. Becker kicks off his campaign by criticizing his rival Jackie Biskupski.

The clock:

  • 55 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 131 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 138 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 139 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 183 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 293 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 426 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Hillary Clinton said in an interview her use of a private email server during her time at the State Department was a "mistake" and she is "sorry" for it [ABC News].
  2. Senate Democrats have 42 votes in favor of the Iran nuclear deal, which is enough to sustain a filibuster if Republicans try to vote it down [Washington Post].
  3. A new poll shows support for a sales tax hike to fund transit might be softening [Utah Policy].
  4. Ralph Becker starts his fall campaign by criticizing challenger Jackie Biskupski's lack of a record and her campaign techniques [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  5. A federal judge orders the Utah Republican Party and the state to find a mediator in the ongoing lawsuit over the Count My Vote compromise [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Construction of the new prison in Salt Lake City may last until at least 2019 [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Republican Jonathan Johnson sits down for a lengthy interview on why he's running for governor against Gary Herbert in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  8. A legislative audit slams the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation for running up a $4.9 million deficit last year [Deseret News].
  9. The ACLU files suit against Farmington claiming the city's ordinance governing protests violates the First Amendment [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  10. The Utah Republican Party taps Bryan Smith as their new Executive Director [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 – The Second Continential Congress officially changed the new American nation's name from "United Colonies" to "United States."
  • 1956 – Elvis Presley appeared on national television for the first time – on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
  • 1971 – More than 1,000 convicts took over the state prison at Attica, N.Y. and held hostages. Four days later, 28 convicts and nine hostages were killed as state polce reclaimed the prison.
  • 2010 – A federal judge in California ruled the "don't ask, don't tell" policy preventing homosexuals from serving openly in the U.S. armed services was unconstitutional.