Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 72 days left in 2015.

Trump and Carson lead the GOP field. Rubio visits Utah. Biden moves closer to launching a presidential campaign.

The clock:

  • 14 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 90 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 97 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 98 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 142 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 252 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 385 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. A new national poll has Donald Trump and Ben Carson atop the GOP field while Carly Fiorina has dropped 11 points in the last month [CNN].
  2. Presidential candidate Marco Rubio visits Utah for a fundraiser and a public rally [Deseret News, Tribune, 2 News, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  3. Sources say Vice President Joe Biden is inching closer to launching a bid for the White House [Fox News].
  4. Jim Webb may drop out of the Democratic presidential race to launch an independent bid [The Hill].
  5. Which presidential candidates are Utahns donating to? [Fox 13]
  6. The relocation of the state prison is not much of a factor in the Salt Lake City mayoral contest according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  7. The Utah Transit Authority may start requiring board members to get approval before any international travel [Tribune].
  8. Utah school districts are prohibited from asking teachers if they carry a concealed weapon [KSL].
  9. The owner of a dog shot by a Salt Lake City police officer has filed a $2 million lawsuit against the city [Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News].
  10. Here’s the first full-length trailer for the new Star Wars film, and it’s amazing! [YouTube]

On this day in history:

  • 1803 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1818 – The United States and Britain established the 49th parallel as the official boundary between the U.S. and Canada.
  • 1918 – Germany accepted U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s terms to end World War I.
  • 1947 – The U.S. House of Representatives Un-American Activities Committee opened public hearings into alleged communist influence in Hollywood.
  • 2011 – Deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was killed as he tried to escape from his hometown as revolutionary troops closed in on him.