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Monday, October 13, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - October 13, 2014

Poll shows Mia Love with a 9-point lead over Doug Owens. Brad Smith tapped as new state superintendent. Herbert's fundraiser sells out.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 22
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 105
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 150
  • Days to the 2015 election - 386
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 462
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 757

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our exclusive poll shows Mia Love has a 9-point lead over Doug Owens [Utah Policy].
  2. That poll suggests Owens has a chance at upsetting Love, but it's not going to be easy [Utah Policy].
  3. The state school board selects Ogden Superintendent Brad Smith as the new state superintendent [Deseret News].
  4. A federal judge strikes down Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage [Washington Post].
  5. Some members of the LDS Church are pushing leaders to become more accepting of gays and lesbians [Tribune].
  6. A health worker in Texas tests positive for Ebola. Officials blame a breach in protocol for the infection [Wall Street Journal].
  7. Gov. Gary Herbert's annual fundraiser this year sold out so quickly he's planning on holding another one later this year [Deseret News].
  8. A split among the 11 cities that make up UTOPIA could doom the fiber-optic network [Tribune].
  9. The Secretary of the Davis County GOP resigns, alleges financial misconduct by party leaders [Tribune].
  10. Could a judge's ruling dismissing the case against a police officer charged with the shooting death of a civilian have an impact in the race for Salt Lake District Attorney [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 - The Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.
  • 1792 - The cornerstone of the White House was laid during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.
  • 1960 - Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised presidential debate of the presidential campaign. Nixon was in Hollywood, California and Kennedy was in New York.
  • 1999 - The JonBenet Ramsey grand jury was dismissed after 13 months; prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence to charge anyone in the 6-year-old's strangulation.

Today At Utah Policy

Exclusive Poll: Love 49%, Owens 40%
The 4th Congressional District race between Mia Love (R) and Doug Owens (D) is tightening a little with about 3 weeks to go until election day....

Race Between Love and Owens Could Come Down to the Wire
Doug Owens has a chance to upset Mia Love in Utah’s 4th Congressional District – if he can quickly gain greater support among key demographic groups, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

How Your Zip Code Predicts What You Like to Buy
This is kinda creepy. Marketers can predict what kind of consumer you are simply by where you live....

Warren Buffett is Sure Hillary Will Win in 2016
Billionaire Warren Buffett says he's so sure Hillary Clinton will win in 2016, he's willing to bet money on it....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Same-Sex Marriage Debate Long on Rhetoric, Short on Facts
Get ready for the Great Same-Sex Marriage Debate in the Utah Legislature....

Featured Items

Poll Shows Mia Love with a 9-Point Lead Over Doug Owens
A new poll shows Republican Mia Love with a 9-point lead over Democrat Doug Owens....

New Director Named for the Utah Film Commission
Virginia Pearce has been named Film Commissioner for the State of Utah. ...

GOED Board Receives Third-Party Incentive Program Review
At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Business and Economic Development Board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development received the recently completed independent review of the state’s major business expansion and recruitment program....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Ex-school board candidate saw bias from selection panel

Op-ed: Salt Lake is ready and able to support taxis and ride-sharing

Editorial: Utah's model of helping the homeless

Editorial: Utah Republicans starting to take on poverty

State eyes minimum monthly fee for express-lane solo drivers

Will Willard ruling impact Salt Lake's District Attorney race?

2nd Congressional District: Stewart, Robles reject extremist labels

Paul Rolly: Davis GOP secretary quits, alleges misuse of party funds

Will split decision knock out UTOPIA?

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Percolating issues that could bubble into state politics

Drew Clark: Supreme Court avoids same-sex marriage decision, but not the fallout

A. Scott Anderson: With predictions for voter turnout low, Utahns need to step it up

Op-ed: Debates offer an intelligent way to decide among candidates

John Florez: Gov. Herbert was wrong to turn down money for preschool

Editorial: Smaller class sizes may not be the best priority for Utah schools

Health of family 'indivisible from destiny of nation,' Sen. Mike Lee tells philanthropists

Mia Love hopes second congressional try is the charm

Doug Owens hopes family path leads to Washington

Doug Robinson: A former governor speaks about the issues of the day

State School Board offers superintendent position to Ogden candidate; offer accepted

Gov. Gary Herbert's campaign fundraiser sells out, another planned

Groundwater rule brings wave of protest from Western governors, farm bureau

National Headlines

Health care worker at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas tests positive for Ebola (Dallas Morning News)

New strategy: Underselling Obamacare for Year 2 (Politico)

Billionaires for Greg Orman (Politico)

Edward Snowden: It was worth it (Politico)

CDC chief 'deeply concerned' by new Ebola case in Dallas (The Hill)

Ebola patient's symptoms 'mild,' CDC says (The Hill)

The truancy politics of 2014 races (The Hill)

Leon Panetta: Obama 'has got to get into the ring' with Congress (CBS News)

Obama Makes Cautious Return to Campaign Trail (Bloomberg)

Romney campaigns with Iowa Senate candidate Ernst (Associated Press)

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