Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 57 days left in 2015.

Biskupski appears to have defeated Becker. Transportation tax hike in trouble in Salt Lake County. A judge strikes down part of SB54, but the signature path to the ballot is upheld.

The clock:

  • 82 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 89 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 97 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 128 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 139 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 171 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 238 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 370 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Jackie Biskupski appears headed to victory in the Salt Lake City mayoral election, but Becker has not yet conceded [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  2. Prop. 1, which would raise sales taxes for transportation, apparently is headed to defeat in Salt Lake County [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. It was a good night nationally for Republicans as Kentucky elects a GOP governor for the first time since 2003 [Roll Call, Politico].
  4. A judge strikes down a provision in SB54 that requires parties to hold open primary elections, but rules the signature-gathering path to the primary ballot is constitutional [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert will not form a committee to vet potential state school board candidates, meaning anyone who files will be placed on the general election ballot next year. A judge ruled last year that the vetting process for candidates was unconstitutional [Tribune].
  6. A lawsuit challenging Utah’s adoption of Common Core standards is dismissed [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Millcreek residents vote to incorporate as a city while five other communities in Salt Lake County choose the metro township path [Tribune].
  8. Ohio voters reject a measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use [Associated Press].
  9. Voters in Houston overturn that city’s anti-discrimination ordinance that included protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity [New York Times].
  10. A new poll out of New Hampshire shows Marco Rubio is surging after his performance in the latest GOP debate while Jeb Bush‘s campaign is cratering [WBUR].

On this day in history:

  • 1922 – British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen.
  • 1924 – Nellie Taylor Ross of Wyoming is elected the first female governor in the United States.
  • 1979 – Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking about 90 people hostage, 63 of them Americans.
  • 1980 – Ronald Reagan won the White House in a landslide over President Jimmy Carter.
  • 1995 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist following a peace rally in Tel Aviv.
  • 2008 – Democrat Barak Obama was elected the first black president of the United States.