Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Friday, November 13, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 48 days left in 2015.

Trump hammers Carson in Iowa. Herbert might support a new national monument in Utah. Sen. Aaron Osmond is stepping down to take over UCAT.

The clock:

  • 73 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 80 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 88 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
  • 119 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 130 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 162 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 229 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 361 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Friday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Donald Trump unleashes an amazing 95-minute rant during a campaign rally in Iowa that targeted, among others, new GOP frontrunner Ben Carson [Washington Post, New York Times].
  2. A new poll shows Democrats think Hillary Clinton would be more efficient than Bernie Sanders at passing her agenda [New York Times].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert says he would back a new national monument in the state if it were part of a larger compromise on public lands [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  4. There’s a lot of backbiting among Utah Democrats following the special election that sent Rep. Lynn Hemingway back to the legislature [Utah Policy].
  5. DCFS is appealing a judge’s ruling that a foster child should be removed from the care of a lesbian couple [KUTV, Fox 13, Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Sen. Aaron Osmond announces he is stepping down from the legislature to become president of the Utah College of Applied Technology [Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Rep. Rob Bishop is nonplussed by a television ad from an environmental group critical of his efforts to reform the Land and Water Conservation Fund [Deseret News]. 
  8. Former Attorney General John Swallow hires a new attorney to defend him on public corruption charges [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake City launches a pilot program to restrict on-street parking on heavy snow days [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. A panel supports renewing the Utah State Fair’s lease on the State Fairpark and putting up to $10 million toward improving the property [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1956 – The Supreme Court upheld a federal district court’s ruling in Browser v. Gayle that segregation on interstate buses was unconstitutional. 
  • 1967 – Carl Stokes became the first black U.S. mayor when he was elected in Cleveland.
  • 1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 1998 – President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
  • 2001 – Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban abandoned the capital Kabul without a fight, allowing U.S.-backed northern alliance fighters to take over the city.