Ten Things You Need to Know Today – Thursday, January 14, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 352 days left in 2016.

It’s debate night for the GOP candidates. Donald Trump barely beats Hillary Clinton in Utah according to a new poll. How many SLC employees submitted their resignations when Jackie Biskupski took office?

The clock:

  • 11 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 18 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
  • 26 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (2/9/2016)
  • 56 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 68 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 100 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 166 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 299 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Thursday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. The GOP presidential candidates face off during their latest debate Thursday night [Politico, Washington Post]. Rand Paul is really mad that he’s been left off the main event stage, threatening not to show up at all [The Hill].
  2. Uh oh! Ted Cruz financed his 2010 Senate campaign with a loan from Goldman Sachs, his wife’s employer, that he failed to disclose on campaign finance forms [New York Times].
  3. Trouble for the GOP in Utah? A new poll shows Donald Trump would barely defeat Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup in the Beehive State [Utah Policy].
  4. Trump says he’s building a political movement bigger and more intense than that of former President Ronald Reagan [Bloomberg].
  5. When Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski asked staffers to submit letters of resignation ahead of her taking office, only 11 did so. Some other staffers left after Biskupski took office, including Jill Remington-Love, who headed up community and economic development [2 News].
  6. A new study from the Utah Department of Health says sexual violence costs the state $4.8 billion annually [2 News, ABC 4, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. David Damschen is sworn in as Utah State Treasurer [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. A diverse group, including Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, is urging the Utah Legislature to change the state’s policy on medical marijuana [ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. At least three winning tickets exist for the record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot [Washington Post].
  10. NBC announced a 2-hour special reuniting the cast of Friends [Entertainment Weekly].

 On this day in history:

  • 1639 – Connecticut’s first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, was adopted.
  • 1784 – The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.
  • 1952 – NBC’s “Today” premiered. 
  • 1963 – George Wallace was inaugurated as the governor of Alabama, promising his followers, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!”
  • 1993 – David Letterman accepted a multimillion-dollar deal to move his late-night talk show to CBS after his NBC contract expired.