Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 100 days left in 2015.

Walker drops out. Mormons support the LDS Church's decision to stay with the Boy Scouts. Becker and Biskupski spar over educational issues.

The clock:

  • 42 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 118 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 125 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 128 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 170 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 280 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 413 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is not running for president anymore as he suspends his campaign [Washington Post].
  2. Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C. today, which could bring the city to a virtual standstill [New York Times].
  3. Our new poll shows most Utah Mormons support the LDS Church's decision to maintain their relationship with the Boy Scouts. A month ago, a survey showed they wanted the Church to leave the organization [Utah Policy].
  4. Donald Trump holds a Q&A during a live chat on Twitter [New York Times].
  5. Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski tangle over educational issues [Deseret News].
  6. Bernie Sanders supporters crashed our website for a few hours on Monday [Utah Policy].
  7. Sen. Kevin Van Tassell says he thinks a legislative group will recommend a new lease for the Utah State Fair [Deseret News].
  8. Salt Lake City Council candidate Nate Salazar says the top issue he hears from voters is the city's homeless problem [Utah Policy].
  9. Accused fraudster Jeremy Johnson claims former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff advised him to scuttle a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in 2013 [Tribune].
  10. The Davis School District is pushing a $298 million bond to build new schools that will help with the district's overcrowding problem [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 – The British hanged American Revolutionary War hero and patriot Nathan Hale. His famous last words were, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
  • 1862 – President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states free as of January 1, 1863.
  • 1949 – The Soviet Union successfully detonated its first atomic bomb.
  • 1975 – President Gerald Ford escaped a second assassination attempt in 17 days, this one by self-proclaimed revolutionary Sara Jane Moore, who tried to shoot him as he walked from a San Francisco hotel.
  • 1980 – The conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war.