Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Monday, October 19, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 73 days left in 2015.

Sanders gains on Clinton following the first Democratic debate. Marco Rubio visits Utah. Voters don’t care that Ralph Becker is running for a third term.

The clock:

  • 15 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 91 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 98 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 99 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 143 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 253 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 386 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Monday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. The first Democratic debate helped Bernie Sanders more than Hillary Clinton according to a new national poll [CNN].
  2. GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio visits Utah Monday for a fundraiser and public rally [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  3. Sen. Allen Christensen is resurrecting his “incremental” plan for Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  4. A new poll shows Ralph Becker‘s quest for a third term as mayor is not a factor for Salt Lake City voters [Utah Policy].
  5. The fight over billboards shows a drastic difference between Becker and Jackie Biskupski [Tribune].
  6. Jackie Biskupski discusses Salt Lake City’s economy and the tone of her opponents advertising [Utah Policy].
  7. The judge in the court fight over the “Count My Vote” compromise is threatening to hold the attorney for the Utah GOP in contempt because he has missed 17 filing deadlines in the case [Tribune].
  8. Former Rep. Justin Miller turns himself into jail. He was booked and released [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Police identify the man who left a rifle at the State Capitol building who says he did it to protest gun violence [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  10. Utah State Treasurer Richard Ellis announces his resignation to take a position with the Utah Educational Savings Plan [Deseret News, Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 – The Stamp Act Congress, meeting in New York, drew up a declaration of rights and liberties.
  • 1781 – Britain’s Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered with more than 7,000 troops to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, effectively ending the American War of Independence.
  • 1812 – Napoleon’s French army began its long, disastrous retreat from Moscow.
  • 1969 – Vice President Spiro T. Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters as “an effete corps of impudent snobs.”
  • 1987 – The stock market crashed as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent – its biggest one-day percentage drop in history.