Ten Things you Need to Know for Wednesday – September 16, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The second GOP primary debate is on tap tonight. Becker and Biskupski trade jabs on the economy. Love wants to avoid another government shutdown.

The clock:

  • 48 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 124 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 131 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 132 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 176 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 286 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 419 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Let's get ready to rumble! The second GOP presidential primary debate airs tonight on CNN. Candidates will be "encouraged" to confront on another while on stage [New York Times, Washington Post].
  2. A new poll shows more Republicans are beginning to see Donald Trump as having the best chance of winning the presidential election in 2016 [New York Times].
  3. CNN's Anderson Cooper cuts away from live coverage Donald Trump's big speech on foreign policy because Trump failed to offer any specifics during his address [Mediaite].
  4. Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski spar over their competing economic plans [Tribune, KUER].
  5. Becker begins subtly reaching out to Republican voters ahead of November's election [Utah Policy].
  6. Republican Jonathan Johnson officially kicks off his gubernatorial campaign [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Rep. Mia Love says she is pushing to avoid a government shutdown over federal funding for Planned Parenthood [Deseret News].
  8. Rep. Jason Chaffetz issues subpoenas to the group that produced undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  9. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says there is no "plan B" if they can't come up with a deal to protect public lands in Utah [Tribune].
  10. More Utah schools improve under the state's school grading system [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1620 – The Mayflower left Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers, bound for America.
  • 1974 – President Gerald Ford offered conditional amnesty to Vietnam draft evaders. He said they could return to the United States if they performed up to two years of public service.
  • 1893 – Hundreds of thousands of settlers took part in a land run in Oklahoma's "Cherokee Strip."
  • 1994 – A U.S. federal court jury in Anchorage, Alaska, ordered Exxon to pay $5 billion in damages in the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.
  • 2008 – The federal government announced an emergency $85 billion loan to rescue AIG, the world's largest insurance company.