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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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First Ebola case in the United States. Chaffetz questions the Secret Service. Shurtleff working at his brother's Orem startup.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 34
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 117
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 162
  • Days to the 2015 election - 398
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 474
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 769

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The CDC confirms the first case of Ebola in the United States [CNN].
  2. Another security failure by the Secret Service as an armed man with a criminal record was allowed on to the same elevator with President Obama in Atlanta [Washington Post].
  3. Rep. Jason Chaffetz rips the head of the Secret Service in a Congressional hearing [Tribune].
  4. Utahns are motivated to vote in November, but extreme partisans and the elderly are especially enthusiastic to hit the polls [Utah Policy].
  5. Mitt Romney plans to make his home in Utah [Tribune].
  6. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff makes a surprise appearance in front of the state liquor commission as part of his work at an Orem-based startup with his brother [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Current Attorney General candidates Sean Reyes and Charles Stormont will hold their first debate on Wednesday evening [Deseret News].
  8. Troy Williams, the controversial new head of Equality Utah, appears to be scrubbing his online past [Utah Poliitco Hub].
  9. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says body camera video shows a police officer was justified in the killing of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor outside a convenience store [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. A state school board candidate who sued to get on the ballot drops out of the race [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1908 - Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile. Each car cost $825.
  • 1939 - Winston Churchill described the Soviet Union as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."
  • 1949 - Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China.
  • 1962 - Johnny Carson debuted as the regular host of NBC's "Tonight" show.
  • 2008 - A $700 billion financial industry bailout won passage in the Senate on a 74-25 vote.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Partisan-Leaning and Elderly Voters Could Decide 2014 Election
Those Utahns who plan to vote in the 2014 midterm elections are very enthusiastic to hit the polls come November....

Chaffetz Grills Secret Service Director
At a House Oversight Committee hearing Tuesday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz slams the leadership, training, and protocol of the Secret Service in light of the recent security breaches on the White House....

Weekly Survey: Boosting Turnout Through Younger Voters
Rep. Jon Cox wants to let 16 and 17-year-olds register to vote, but they won't be able to vote until they turn 18. He says the move will boost turnout in elections. What do you think? Let us know in our weekly survey....

Mia Love Could be Part of the Largest Group of African American Women in Congress Ever
There are five African American women who are likely to be members of the next Congress, including Utah's Mia Love. If they all win, it will bring the number of African American women in Congress to 20, the most ever....

The Best and Worst Programs for Political Advertising
As November draws closer, voters will be bombarded with political advertising. But there are some do's and don'ts when it comes to placing those ads....

Republicans Boosting Approval Rating for Lee, Herbert
While U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, may find himself not that well liked among all Utahns, he’s perfectly safe inside his own Utah Republican Party....

Poll: Utahns Overwhelmingly Disapprove of Congress
More than 8 out of every 10 Utahns think Congress is doing a very poor job....

Featured Items

Defense Department Proposes Broad Ban on High-Cost Loans to Service Members
The Department of Defense released proposed rules today targeting the practices of a broad range of high-cost lenders and prohibiting them from charging service members interest rates over 36 percent....

Report Outlines How 8 Utah Cities Can Lower Taxes and Reduce Water Usage
A new report outlines several years of research summarizing how water suppliers in eight Utah cities could phase out property taxes for water and in the process save millions of gallons of water, practically overnight. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah's 1st District should send McAleer to Congress

Consumer confidence continues to rise in Utah

Transportation secretary hails new Sandy development

Mitt Romney to make his home in Utah

Chaffetz: 'You dash at the White House, we take you down'

Utahn who sued to join state school board race drops out

Paul Rolly: McAdams beats satirical Onion at its own game

Mark Shurtleff working with brother in Orem start-up

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Forest Service photo rules are all about controlling the message

Editorial: Utah looks to break cycle of intergenerational poverty

Utah County GOP sets schedule to replace Sen. John Valentine

Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff appears before alcohol commission for permit

Consumer confidence continues to climb in Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert wants lawmakers to 'pull together' on Medicaid expansion alternative

Group wants all to pay 'true' price for water, property taxes phased out

Chaffetz 'outraged' over threats to Obama, family as reports of Secret Service security lapses surface

New poll shows more support for Sen. Mike Lee


Utah poverty report depicts generations of despair (Standard-Examiner)

Congressman talks ISIS, economy during Park City campaign stop (Park Record)

National Headlines

CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has The Ebola Virus (CBS News)

SCOTUS could inject same-sex marriage into races (Politico)

Liberal doves run as war hawks (Politico)

Reid, Daschle feud erupts (The Hill)

Christie headed back to Iowa (The Hill)

Lawmakers blast Secret Service (The Hill)

White House breach spurs lethal force debate (FOX News)

Judge rules against White House on Affordable Care Act (Politico)

Rand Paul: 'I am not opposed to birth control' (CNN)

The Senate 7: Republicans Positioned for Slim Senate Majority (U.S. News & World Report)

Consumer Confidence Falls, Showing Uncertainty in Economy (New York Times)

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