Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 50 days left in 2015.

GOP Presidential candidates meet for their fourth debate. Most Utahns recognize the value of a well-educated workforce. The Utah GOP wants a judge to settle their latest dispute with the state over SB54.

The clock:

  • 75 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 82 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 90 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 121 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 132 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 164 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 231 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 363 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Wednesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio had good performances during the fourth GOP presidential debate on Tuesday night [Politico, The Hill, Roll Call, New York Times, Washington Post, CBS News].
  2. A new poll shows Utahns overwhelmingly think a well-educated workforce is vital to the state’s future success economically [Utah Policy].
  3. The Utah GOP wants a judge to settle their dispute with the Lt. Governor’s office on whether the party can keep candidates from gathering signatures to get on the primary ballot [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Legislators from around the country meet in Salt Lake City today to plan for a possible Constitutional Convention [Utah Policy, Tribune, KUER].
  5. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff wants the federal government to release evidence he says will help in his defense on corruption charges [Deseret News].
  6. Enrollment at charter schools in Utah is on the rise [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. A state audit blames flooding in Ogden on mismanagement by a local water district [Tribune, KSL].
  8. There will be another 80-mph zone on I-15 near St. George [Tribune].
  9. The New York Attorney General orders daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets from New York residents because the games are illegal gambling [New York Times].
  10. T-Mobile announces they will stop counting video streaming against the monthly data limit on cell phone plans [TechCrunch].

On this day in history:

  • 1620 – Forty-one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a “body politick.”
  • 1918 – World War I ended with the signing of the Armistice of 11 November 1918 in a railroad car in a forest in France.
  • 1921 – President Warren Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virgina.
  • 1987 – President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge Anthony Kennedy to the U.S. Supreme Court after Judge Douglas Ginsburg withdrew his nomination and Judge Robert Bork was rejected by the Senate.
  • 1989 – An estimated 1 million East Germans poured into reopened West Germany for a day of celebration.
  • 2000 – Republicans went to court seeking an order to block manual recounts from continuing in Florida’s presidential election.