Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Friday, October 2, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 90 days left in 2015.

Sanders raises almost as much cash as Clinton. Two groups want a limit on money in the SLC Mayoral race. Herbert and Johnson are raising big money for 2016.

The clock:

  • 32 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 108 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 115 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 116 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 160 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 270 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 403 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Bernie Sanders nearly matches Hillary Clinton in fundraising totals during the last quarter [Washington Post].
  2. A mass shooting at an Oregon college kills ten people, including the shooter [New York Times]. President Barack Obama likens the increasing amount of gun violence to terrorism [Daily Beast].
  3. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested in an interview that the House's investigation into Benghazi may be politically motivated [Washington Post]. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says McCarthy should apologize for the comments [Roll Call].
  4. Chaffetz also says the intentional leak by Secret Service officials that he once tried and failed, to join their ranks is troubling [Deseret News].
  5. Groups will call for limits on the amount of money flowing in the Salt Lake City Mayoral contest [Tribune].
  6. Financial reports show Gov. Gary Herbert and Republican challenger Jonathan Johnson are already raising massive amounts of campaign cash ahead of the 2016 contest [Associated Press].
  7. Sen. Mike Lee joins a bipartisan effort in Congress to change mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Utah identifies the state's highest and lowest-performing Title 1 schools [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says there may be changes coming to vote-by-mail ballots next year [Daily Herald].
  10. Crossroads Urban Center unveils a proposed $30 million bond to fight homelessness [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1950 – The "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz was published for the first time.
  • 1959 – "The Twilight Zone," with host Rod Serling, premiered on U.S. television.
  • 1967 – Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1969 – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned after admitting he had made a financial deal with the Louis Wolfson Foundation.
  • 1990 – The Senate voted 90-9 to confirm Supreme Court nominee David H. Souter.