Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Thursday, November 5, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 56 days left in 2015.

More than 20,000 ballots are still outstanding in Salt Lake County. Utah Transit Authority officials are smarting after Prop. 1 fails in two of Utah’s largest counties. The Fed could hike interest rates next month.

The clock:

  • 81 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 88 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 96 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 127 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 138 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 170 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 237 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 369 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. It ain’t over ’til it’s over. The Salt Lake County Clerk says there are more than 20,000 ballots still to count from Tuesday’s election [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER, Fox 13].
  2. If Ralph Becker is to close the gap with Jackie Biskupski, he’s going to need the numbers to break in his direction [Utah Policy].
  3. State law prohibits any updates on voting until the official canvass two weeks after the election. Rep. Steve Eliason wants to change that [Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. The Utah Transit Authority is stinging after voters reject Prop. 1 in Utah’s two largest counties [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  5. The battle over SB54 could be headed back to court unless the legislature decides to step in [Tribune].
  6. An audit says the financial records for Utah’s public and charter schools are reasonably accurate. [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Derek Miller of the World Trade Center Utah discusses how global events affect trade in Utah [Utah Policy].
  8. No drought relief yet. Utah’s water year is off to a sluggish start [Deseret News].
  9. The Fed may hike interest rates next month [USA Today].
  10. Former President George H.W. Bush slams former Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in a new book [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1605 – Guy Fawkes and fellow conspirators attempted to blow up the English Parliament and failed. They were captured, tried and beheaded.
  • 1872 – Suffragist Susan B. Anthony, in defiance of the law, votes for the first time. She is later fined $100.
  • 1930 – The first commercial television broadcast was aired.
  • 1940 – Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office, beating Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.
  • 1974 – Ella Grasso of Connecticut became the first woman governor in the United States without succeeding her husband.