Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Thursday, October 22, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 70 days left in 2015.

Biden won’t run. Clinton to testify in front of the Benghazi committee. Some troubling signs ahead for Utah’s economy.

The clock:

  • 12 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 88 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 95 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 96 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 141 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 251 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 383 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Vice President Joe Biden announces he’s not going to try to remove the “V” from his title [New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Utah Policy].
  2. Hillary Clinton will testify in front of the Benghazi committee today [ABC News, Quartz, Bloomberg].
  3. Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan inches closer to replacing John Boehner as Speaker [Washington Post, New York Times].
  4. Despite posting another budget surplus, there are some troubling signs ahead for Utah’s economy [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah House Republicans say the state is gaining revenue from Obamacare despite not expanding Medicaid [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  6. Utah Lawmakers discuss a longshot plan to abolish capital punishment [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Utah drops its investigation into Rep. Ken Ivory after a watchdog group filed a complaint against his American Lands Council [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Legislators consider two medical marijuana bills [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush floats moving the headquarters of the Interior Department to the Western United States, possibly Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  10. UTA Chairman H. David Burton appears at a news conference urging support for Prop. 1 even though the organization said they would remain “neutral” and not campaign for the sales tax hike [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1836 – Gen. Sam Houston was sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
  • 1962 – President John Kennedy announced that Soviet missiles had been deployed in Cuba and ordered a blockade of the island.
  • 1966 – The Supremes became the first all-female group to score a No. 1 album, with “Supremes a Go-Go.”
  • 1978 – Pope John Paul II was installed as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.