Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 85 days left in 2015.

Lawmakers give the public the first look at the new Medicaid expansion proposal. Huntsman slaps Chaffetz on Twitter. Stewart says he supports Chaffetz's bid for speaker.

The clock:

  • 27 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 103 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 110 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 111 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 155 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 265 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 398 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah lawmakers give the public their first look at the latest plan for expanding Medicaid [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. The Justice Department plans to release about 6,000 inmates early from federal prison to reduce overcrowding [Washington Post].
  3. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman takes a shot at Rep. Jason Chaffetz's bid for Speaker on Twitter [Talking Points Memo, Tribune, Fox 13].
  4. Rep. Chris Stewart says he supports Chaffetz's candidacy for Speaker [Deseret News].
  5. The Salt Lake County Council adopts an ordinance requiring pet stores to sell only shelter animals [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. A new poll shows most Utahns think the economy will either remain the same or improve over the next year [Utah Policy].
  7. State attorneys say the case involving jailed polygamous leader Warren Jeffs is the perfect example showing why polygamy should remain illegal [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. A scheduled speaker at BYU cancels his appearance saying the school violates religious freedom [Tribune].
  9. Donald Trump says he intends to stay in the presidential race despite softening poll numbers [New York Times].
  10. Hillary Clinton seizes on Rep. Kevin McCarthy's statement suggesting the Benghazi investigation is designed to hurt her candidacy for president in a new ad [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 – The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.
  • 1916 – Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland University 222-0 in the most lopsided college football game in American history.
  • 1992 – President George H.W. Bush and the leaders of Mexico and Canada signed the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • 1996 – Fox News Channel made its debut.
  • 2001 – The United States and Britain launched air strikes against Taliban positions and Osama bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan.
  • 2003 – Californians voted to recall Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and elected actor Arnold Schwarzenegger as their new governor.