Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Thursday, October 1, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 91 days left in 2015.

Congress averts a government shutdown. The new Medicaid expansion proposal may already be in trouble. Utahns do not favor the creation of new national monuments in the state.

The clock:

  • 33 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 109 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 116 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 117 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 161 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 271 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 404 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The House votes to prevent a government shutdown, with 151 Republicans voting "no" on the legislation [CNN, The Hill].
  2. The next Republican primary debate will have a smaller field on the main stage as CNBC is implementing stricter polling criteria [New York Times].
  3. Donald Trump maintains his national lead in the latest poll while Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are tied for second [New York Times].
  4. Russian hackers tried to access Hillary Clinton's private email account with messages disguised as speeding tickets [The Hill].
  5. The Medicaid expansion proposal unveiled to GOP lawmakers this week is already facing opposition [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. A report says Secret Service officials leaked embarrassing information about Rep. Jason Chaffetz after he was critical of the agency [Utah Policy, Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Most Utahns do not support the creation of a new national monument in the state [Utah Policy].
  8. Gov. Gary Herbert joins other Western governors to slam what they call excessive meddling by the federal government [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Supporters of a proposed sales-tax hike raise more than $400,000 to push for its passage in November [Tribune].
  10. Utah lawmakers want information on salaries paid to professors in the face of another proposed tuition hike at the state's colleges and universities [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1890 – President Benjamin Harrison signs legislation creating Yosemite National Park.
  • 1908 – Henry Ford introduced the Model-T automobile, selling it for $825.
  • 1938 – Nazi troops march into the Sudetenland, annexing the border regions of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1949 – Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China.
  • 1992 – Dallas billionaire Ross Perot announced his candidacy for the presidency. He called his group the Reform Party.