Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Monday, September 21, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 101 days left in 2015.

Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders top their party's presidential fields in Utah. Carson says a Muslim should not be elected president. Count My Vote leaders say the two sides in the lawsuit over SB54 cannot negotiate a settlement that changes the law.

The clock:

  • 43 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 119 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 126 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 129 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 171 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 281 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 414 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Despite trailing in early primary and caucus states, Democrat Hillary Clinton has extended her national lead over Bernie Sanders [CNN].
  2. In Utah, a new poll shows Ben Carson is tops among the GOP field while Sanders and Vice President Joe Biden are the top picks among Democrats [Utah Policy].
  3. So much for not requiring a religious test to hold office. Ben Carson says in an interview that he does not believe a Muslim should be the president [The Hill].
  4. Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C. this week. His liberal views and policies have some Congressional Republicans feeling a bit of heartburn over his visit [CNN].
  5. A judge has ordered the state and Utah GOP to mediate a solution in the lawsuit over SB54. Leaders of the Count My Vote group say that's not legal because the two parties cannot alter existing law [Utah Policy].
  6. Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski are laying out their respective visions for Utah's capital city ahead of November's election [Deseret News].
  7. Biskupski wins the endorsement of LGBT leaders in Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  8. The prison relocation could be a potent political issue in the 2015 and 2016 elections [Deseret News].
  9. Utah's job growth was tops for the entire nation in August [Deseret News, Associated Press].
  10. The Utah ACLU is threatening a lawsuit unless the state does better providing legal defense for poor Utahns [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1780 – American Gen. Benedict Arnold gave plans to the British for the surrender of West Point, N.Y. Arnold's name was forever after associated with the word "traitor."
  • 1792 – The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
  • 1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien published "The Hobbit."
  • 1981 – Sandra Day O'Connor received a unanimous vote in the Senate to become the first female member of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1983 – Interior Secretary James Watt described a special advisory panel as consisting of "a black…a woman, two Jews and a cripple." Watt later apologized and resigned.