Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Good Tuesday Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 58 days left in 2015.

It’s election day across the United States. Ben Carson takes the lead in another national poll. Hughes says he does not anticipate tax cuts by the 2016 Legislature.

The clock:

  • Today is Election Day 2015 – (11/3/2015)
  • 83 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 90 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 98 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 129 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 140 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 172 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 239 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 371 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Tuesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Today is election day in the United States. Some of the big issues voters will decide include a hotly contested gubernatorial race in Kentucky, restrictions on Airbnb retnals in San Francisco, marijuana legalization in Ohio and establishing an independent redistricting committee in Ohio to get rid of gerrymandering.
  2. Utah voters may find out the results of vote-by-mail elections shortly after polls close tonight [Tribune].
  3. Ben Carson takes the lead in another national poll [New York Times].
  4. Donald Trump says he will negotiate directly with television networks on terms for the next debates, instead of being part of a group effort involving other Republican candidates [Washington Post].
  5. House Speaker Greg Hughes says he does not anticipate any effort by the 2016 election to cut taxes [Utah Policy].
  6. Jonathan Johnson says his company, Overstock.com, is stockpiling precious metals and food in case of economic collapse [Tribune].
  7. Officials are telling lawmakers it’s time to expand state parks [Tribune, Fox 13].
  8. Environmental groups say a proposed $53 million loan from the state for a private coal export terminal in Oakland is illegal [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. A new study finds Mormons are are growing more Republican and more accepting of homosexuality than ever [Tribune].
  10. CBS is launching a new Star Trek series in 2017 on their streaming platform [Tech Crunch].

On this day in history:

  • 1903 – Panama, with the support of the U.S. government, issued a declaration of independence from Colombia.
  • 1868 – John Willis Menard of Louisiana became the first African American elected to the House of Representatives. Opposition to his election prevented him from ever being seated.
  • 1957 – The Soviet Union launched into orbit Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite with a dog named Laika on board.
  • 1986 – A Lebanese magazine exposed the secret weapons-for-hostages deal between the United States and Iran. The scandal, which would escalate into the Iran-Contra affair, resulted in the indictments of numerous officials including Oliver North.
  • 1992 – Illinois Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.