Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Thursday, October 8, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 84 days left in 2015.

Hatch says Chaffetz is not experienced enough to be Speaker. Rubio set to visit Utah for a fundraiser. Utahns still favor a proposed tax hike to pay for transportation.

The clock:

  • 26 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 102 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 109 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 110 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 154 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 264 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 397 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. House Republicans vote Thursday to pick their preferred candidate to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. That candidate is expected to be California Republican Kevin McCarthey [Washington Post, The Atlantic].
  2. Sen. Orrin Hatch says Rep. Jason Chaffetz's inexperience in Congress may work against him in his quest to become Speaker [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. President Barack Obama apologizes to Doctors Without Borders for an airstrike in Afghanistan that killed staffers and patients [CNN].
  4. Sen. Marco Rubio is set to visit Utah later this month for a fundraiser in Davis County [Tribune].
  5. Saratoga Springs officials want to force the mother of Darien Hunt to take a proposed $900,000 settlement in the case where police officers shot and killed Hunt following an altercation [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Marc Sessions Jenson, who is accusing former attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow of shaking him down for money and favors, has been released from prison [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Utah is still facing drought conditions despite heavy rains in the spring and summer [Tribune].
  8. The Salt Lake County Council is considering allowing residents to call in during the first part of their afternoon meetings to discuss council business [Tribune].
  9. A new poll shows Utahns still favor a proposed sales tax hike to fund transportation [Utah Policy].
  10. People Magazine publishes the phone numbers of all 535 members of Congress, urging readers to contact them to do something about "routine" gun violence [People].

On this day in history:

  • 1871 – A massive Chicago fire destroyed more than 17,000 buildings, killed more than 300 people and left 100,000 homeless.
  • 1918 – American Army Sgt. Alvin York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest in France.
  • 1959 – Margaret Thatcher was first elected to the British Parliament as a Conservative representing the North London suburb of Finchley.
  • 1969 – The Days of Rage demonstrations, organized by the Weather Underground, kick off in Chicago.
  • 1991 – A federal judge in Anchorage, Alaska approved a $1 billion settlement against Exxon for the Valdez oil spill.