Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 71 days left in 2015.

Jason Chaffetz drops out of the race for Speaker. Utah has another budget surplus. About 1/4 of voters say they’ll vote for Jackie Biskupski because of Chris Burbank’s ouster.

The clock:

  • 13 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 89 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 96 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 97 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 1421days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 252 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 384 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Rep. Jason Chaffetz drops out of the race to replace John Boehner as Speaker after Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan says he’s willing to step up if Republicans will unite behind him [Washington Post, Time, Utah Policy, Fox 13, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. Utah House members (mostly) reveal how they voted on Medicaid expansion [2 News].
  3. Utah’s posts a $103 million dollar surplus [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  4. A new poll shows about 1/4 of voters are more likely to cast their ballot for Jackie Biskupski due to Mayor Ralph Becker‘s ouster of former police chief Chris Burbank [Utah Policy].
  5. More independent billboards supporting Biskupski over Becker are popping up in Salt Lake City [Fox 13].
  6. Mayor Ben McAdams lays out his budget priorities for the next year with a focus on criminal justice [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  7. Mormon Apostle Dallin Oaks references Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis during a speech, saying public officials should not apply their personal convictions to their jobs [Deseret News, Tribune, 2 News, Fox 13].
  8. The Salt Lake City Council votes to suspend impact fees for 12 months [Tribune].
  9. New taxes passed by the 2015 Legislature will cost the average Utah family about $140 more per year [Deseret News].
  10. If it passes in November, Prop. 1 will raise $108 million for transportation, including $58 million in Salt Lake County [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1805 – A British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar. Nelson was killed in the battle.
  • 1879 – Thomas Edison invented the first practical electric incandescent lamp.
  • 1967 – Tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters marched in Washington, D.C.
  • 1987 – The U.S. Senate rejected President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 2003 – Invoking a hastily-passed law, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ordered a feeding tube reinserted into Terry Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman at the center of a bitter right-to-die battle.