Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 65 days left in 2015.

Congress and the White House reach a budget deal. Becker and Biskupski’s advertising is not making much of an impact. Consultants hired to help plan the prison move.

The clock:

  • 7 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 90 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 97 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 105 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 136 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 246 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 378 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Congress and the White House reach a tentative two-year budget deal to avoid a shutdown [Washington Post].
  2. Ben Carson takes the lead nationally over Donald Trump in the latest poll [New York Times].
  3. Trump says he got his start in the business world with a “small” one-million dollar loan from his father [CNN].
  4. Our latest poll shows advertising by Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski isn’t making much of an impact on likely voters [Utah Policy].
  5. The Prison Development Commission hires two consultants to help them start the process of moving the prison from Draper to Salt Lake City [Deseret News].
  6. Does Utah have a $96 million budget surplus or a $103 million surplus? Both numbers are true in a sense [Utah Policy].
  7. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and County Sheriff Jim Winder clash over a proposed cut in employee retirement benefits [Tribune].
  8. Efforts to resolve the lawsuit by the Utah GOP over SB54 through mediation have failed [Deseret News].
  9. A new report says Utah’s public defender system is inconsistent and needs more oversight to be effective [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13, KUER].
  10. Marian Edmonds-Allen resigns as executive director of the Utah Pride Center just three months after taking the job [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1682 – The city of Philadelphia was founded by William Penn to serve as the capital of the Pennsylvania Colony.
  • 1787 -The first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the U.S. Constitution, was published in a New York newspaper.
  • 1904 – The first rapid transit subway opened in New York City.
  • 1947 – “You Bet Your Life,” starring Groucho Marx, premiered on ABC Radio.
  • 1997 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 554.26 points, forcing the stock market to shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
  • 2005 – White House counsel Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court after three weeks of criticism from fellow conservatives.
  • 97 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)