Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – September 11, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Another poll has Trump continuing his lead nationally. CNN names the lineup for the next GOP debate. New details emerging on Medicaid expansion.

The clock:

  • 53 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 129 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 136 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 137 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 181 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 291 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 424 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is plummeting in the polls, falling to 10th-place according to a new Quinnipiac University survey. Donald Trump continues to lead the field [The Hill].
  2. CNN has set the lineup for next week's Republican debate that will include 11 candidates following a change in the rules that will put Carly Fiorina on the main stage [New York Times].
  3. Trump says he was not referring to Fiorina's personal appearance when he was quoted as saying "Look at that face," and, "Would anyone vote for that?" [New York Times].
  4. New details are beginning to emerge from a possible Medicaid expansion plan on Utah's Capitol Hill [Deseret News].
  5. Rep. Kraig Powell wants to impose criminal penalties for people who fly unauthorized drones near a wildfire. The unmanned vehicles can interfere with firefighting efforts [Associated Press].
  6. The mother of Darrien Hunt, who was shot and killed while fleeing police, says she turned down a $900,000 settlement from Saratoga Springs [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. New federal funding will help clear a backlog of rape kits in Utah [Tribune].
  8. Ride-sharing company Lyft can now operate at Salt Lake City International Airport [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].
  9. A new Envision Utah survey finds Utahns want more funding for education [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. Even though the rain in August was 117% of normal, Utah is still facing a drought this year [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1777 – Troops commanded by Gen. George Washington were defeated by the British under Gen. William Howe in the Battle of Brandywine.
  • 1789 – Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first secretary of the treasury.
  • 1959 – Congress passed a bill authorizing food stamps for low-income Americans.
  • 1998 – Congress released Kenneth Starr's report, which offered graphic details of President Bill Clinton's alleged sexual misconduct and leveled accusations of perjury and obstruction of justice.
  • 2001 – alQaida terrorists hijacked four passenger jetliners in the United States. They flew two into the World Trade Center in New York City, causing the 110-story twin towers to collapse. Another plowed into the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pa. In all, nearly 3,000 people were killed.