Ten Things you Need to Know Today – Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 64 days left in 2015.

Third GOP debate on tap tonight. Biskupski posts eye-popping fundraising numbers. A federal judge may strike down parts of SB54.

The clock:

  • 6 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 89 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 96 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 104 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 135 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 245 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 377 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. The third GOP presidential primary debate happens tonight in Boulder, Colorado. Here’s what you should watch for [The Hill, CNN, US News and World Report].
  2. Student performance on standardized tests declined for the first time since 1990 [Washington Post].
  3. Jackie Biskupski is raising more money than Ralph Becker while he has spent nearly double what she has on the race [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. A federal judge appears poised to strike down parts of SB54 which established a secondary path to Utah’s primary ballot [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduces a resolution to impeach the head of the IRS John Koskinen [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  6. Sen. Mike Lee is not happy with the budget deal struck between GOP leaders and the White House [Deseret News].
  7. Arches Health Plan, a co-op health plan established under the Affordable Care Act, is being shut down because of a shortfall in federal funding [Deseret News, KSL, Tribune].
  8. Rob DeBirk resigns as executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah a month after taking the job [Utah Policy].
  9. Salt Lake County and service providers announce an ambitious plan for addressing the homeless problem [Deseret News].
  10. Respect the hustle! University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh says kids should have two Halloween costumes to double the amount of candy they collect [ESPN].

On this day in history:

  • 1636 – Harvard College, now Harvard University, was founded in Massachusetts.
  • 1886 – The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.
  • 1919 – Congress passed the Volstead Act, which enforced the constitutional amendment prohibiting alcoholic beverages.
  • 1962 – Russian chief Nikita Khrushchev announced all Soviet offensive missiles would be removed from Cuba.