Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 93 days left in 2015.

Biden is eligible to participate in the first Democratic debate. Congress scrambles to avoid a shutdown. Mia Love has an 11-point lead over Doug Owens.

The clock:

  • 35 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 111 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 118 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 119 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 163 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 273 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 406 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Vice President Joe Biden is eligible to participate in the first Democratic primary debate on October 13 if he files with the FEC as a candidate by the next day [New York Times].
  2. Congress scrambles to pass a spending bill as the government shutdown deadline looms on Wednesday [Reuters].
  3. Members of Congress are tiring of Sen. Ted Cruz's government shutdown rhetoric [New York Magazine].
  4. You can buy Donald Trump's used Iowa tour bus for $15,000 [Des Moines Register].
  5. Republican Rep. Mia Love starts the 2016 election cycle with an 11-point lead over Democrat Doug Owens [Utah Policy].
  6. Utah Planned Parenthood files a lawsuit against Gov. Gary Herbert to stop his order cutting off federal funds for the group from going into effect [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Republican lawmakers in Utah are getting hammered by phone calls and emails from groups opposed to Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
  8. Ralph Becker claims Jackie Biskupski would kill the Mountain Accord if she were to win the election. Becker also wins the endorsement of the Sierra Club [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Prosecutors against former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff say the federal government will not turn over information they have in the case [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Rep. Norm Thurston wants to look at possibly eliminating the state's vehicle inspection program [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – The U.S. War Department organized the country's first standing army.
  • 1936 – In the presidential race between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alf Landon, the Democratic and Republican parties used radio for the first time.
  • 1978 – Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment a little more than one month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 2005 – John Roberts Jr. won confirmation by the U.S. Senate and was sworn in as chief justice of the Supreme Court.
  • 2008 – The Dow Jones industrial average fell a record 777.68 points after the House defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue plan for the nation's financial system.