Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 78 days left in 2015.

Democratic presidential candidates debate. Utah lawmakers again cannot find common ground on Medicaid expansion. Voters don't seem to care that Jackie Biskupski could become the first openly gay mayor of Salt Lake City.

The clock:

  • 20 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 96 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 103 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 104 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 148 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 258 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 391 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and three other guys face off in the first Democratic presidential debate [New York Times, CNN, Washington Post].
  2. Utah Legislative Republicans once again cannot find enough support to pass a Medicaid expansion plan [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Fox 13, Tribune, KUER].
  3. Will the fact that Jackie Biskupski could become Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor will not factor into voters' decisions how they cast their ballots [Utah Policy].
  4. Rep. Chris Stewart calls Edward Snowden a "traitor" at his national security conference at the University of Utah [Deseret News].
  5. Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke says the city needs to invest more in critical infrastructure [Utah Policy].
  6. The Supreme Court declines to hear a case on roads across public lands in the state [Tribune].
  7. The Utah State Board of Education wants a judge to rule on a lawsuit filed by a group of parents over Common Core [Deseret News].
  8. Ben Carson is tied with Donald Trump according to a new poll [New York Times].
  9. Trump claims he should have Secret Service protection because he's drawing large crowds on the campaign trail [The Hill].
  10. A radio host claims he was told not to ask Trump about his policies in a radio interview [BuzzFeed].

On this day in history:

  • 1066 – William, Duke of Normandy, better known as Wiliam the Conqueror, led his invading army to victory over England's King Harold at Hastings.
  • 1322 – Scotland's Robert the Bruce defeats King Edward II of England at Old Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence.
  • 1912 – Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning to regain the office, was shot in Milwaukee. He refused to have the wound treated until he finished his speech.
  • 1933 – Germany announced it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.
  • 1947 – U.S. Air Force Capt. Chuck Yeager, flying a Bell X-1, became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.