Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Monday, September 28, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 94 days left in 2015.

Congress races to avoid a shutdown. Jeb Bush's donors want to see some progress soon. Nearly half of Utahns say the prison should remain in Draper.

The clock:

  • 36 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 112 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 119 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 120 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 164 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 274 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 407 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Congress has three days to avoid another government shutdown [The Hill]. Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner says Congress will be able to pass a spending bill by Wednesday [Washington Post]. Even if lawmakers avoid the shutdown, a bigger fight over spending could happen in December [Politico].
  2. Utah lawmakers react to Boehner's stunning announcement that he will resign at the end of October [Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump sits down for a lengthy interview with 60 Minutes [CBS News].
  4. Donors to GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush say he needs to start making gains in the polls, or he may begin to lose support [Washington Post].
  5. Rep. Chris Stewart and Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes say they're backing Florida Senator Marco Rubio for the GOP nomination [Tribune].
  6. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid urges compromise in a speech at the University of Virginia [Tribune].
  7. Nearly half of Utahns say the state prison should remain in Draper according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  8. Women voters were primarily responsible for keeping former Rep. Jim Matheson in office for 12 years [Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says his opponent, Jackie Biskupski, is offering nothing but "platitudes" to voters [Utah Policy].
  10. A "who's who" of the LGBT community in Utah say they're backing Becker for a third term [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 490 – The Greeks defeated the Persians at Marathon. A Greek soldier named Phidippides ran more than 26 miles to tell Athenians of the victory and died after his announcement. His feat provided the model for the modern marathon race.
  • 1920 – In baseball's biggest scandal, a grand jury indicted eight Chicago White Sox players for throwing the 1919 World Series.
  • 1928 – Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.