Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 92 days left in 2015.

Lawmakers get their first look at Medicaid expansion plan. A judge blocks Herbert's order cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood. Lee has a big lead over his Democratic challenger.

The clock:

  • 34 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 110 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 117 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 118 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 162 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 272 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 405 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah lawmakers get their first look at a plan for expanding Medicaid in the state [Deseret News, Fox 13, Tribune].
  2. Rep. Jason Chaffetz tangles with the head of Planned Parenthood in a Congressional hearing [Reuters, Tribune, Fox 13].
  3. A judge blocks Gov. Gary Herbert's order to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood Utah [Deseret News, Associated Press, KUER].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee has a 30-point lead on Democratic challenger Jonathan Swinton [Utah Policy].
  5. Rep. Mia Love spent $83,000 on direct mail and communicating with constituents during the last fundraising quarter, which is higher than most other members of Congress [Tribune].
  6. Sen. Jerry Stevenson wants to restore $500,000 that was cut from the DABC budget [Tribune].
  7. Rep. Jake Anderegg wants to crack down on police speed traps [Tribune].
  8. Officials show off what the Salt Lake City International Airport renovation will eventually look like [Tribune, Fox 13].
  9. Embattled Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis reportedly met with Pope Francis when he visited Washington last week [New York Times].
  10. Will Rand Paul be the next GOP candidate to drop out? One of the super PAC's backing his campaign stops raising money [Politico].

On this day in history:

  • 1630 – John Billington, one of the first pilgrims to land in America, was hanged for murder – the first European criminal executed in the American colonies.
  • 1788 – The Pennsylvania Legislature elected the first two members of the U.S. Senate – William Maclay of Harrisburg and Robert Morris of Philadelphia.
  • 1938 – British, French, German and Italian leaders agreed at a meeting in Munich that Nazi Germany would be allowed to annex Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
  • 1962 – James H. Meredith, an African-American, was escorted onto the University of Mississippi campus by U.S. marshals, setting off a riot in which two men died before violence was quelled by more than 3,000 soldiers.