Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 79 days left in 2015.

Becker and Biskupski are in a virtual tie. Democrats hold their first presidential debate. Lawmakers meet to discuss Medicaid expansion again.

The clock:

  • 21 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 97 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 104 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 105 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 149 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 259 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 392 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest poll shows the race between Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski for Salt Lake City Mayor is a virtual tie [Utah Policy].
  2. Democrats hold their first presidential primary debate of the 2016 election Tuesday night [Washington Post, CNN].
  3. Utah Republican lawmakers meet again today to discuss the latest plan for Medicaid expansion. The plan faces an uncertain future in the House Republican caucus [Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. The medical industry has very strong ties to many Utah lawmakers [Tribune].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says if Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan decides to run for Speaker, he will drop out of the race [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Rep. Justin Miller pleads guilty to communication fraud and immediately resigns his seat in the Utah Legislature [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13]. Three Democrats have already stepped up to replace Miller, including former Rep. Lynn Hemingway [Fox 13].
  7. After a barrage of TV ads from Ralph Becker, Jackie Biskupski makes a television buy of her own [Deseret News].
  8. Sen. Mike Lee hosts a summit on business innovation [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  9. The state responds to claims by Planned Parenthood that the group's constitutional rights were violated when Gov. Gary Herbert decided to cut off federal funds to the group [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. 45,000 Utahns could not pay off their payday loans in time last year [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 – The Continental Congress ordered construction of America's first naval fleet.
  • 1792 – The cornerstone to the White House in Washington was laid.
  • 1845 – Texas ratified a state constitution.
  • 1960 – Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised debate of the presidential campaign.