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.
- 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:
- 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].
- 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].
- 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].
- New details are beginning to emerge from a possible Medicaid expansion plan on Utah's Capitol Hill [Deseret News].
- 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].
- 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].
- New federal funding will help clear a backlog of rape kits in Utah [Tribune].
- Ride-sharing company Lyft can now operate at Salt Lake City International Airport [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].
- A new Envision Utah survey finds Utahns want more funding for education [Deseret News, Tribune].
- 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.