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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - October 15, 2014
Love and Owens face off in a debate. GOED faces a tough state audit. Utah's budget surplus continues to grow.
- Days to the 2014 midterm election - 20
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 103
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 148
- Days to the 2015 election - 384
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 460
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 755
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- Mia Love and Doug Owens demonstrate sharp differences in their approach to a number of issues during their only televised debate [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Owens probably didn't do what he needed in order to close the gap between him and Love [Utah Policy].
- GOED faces a harsh state audit that says the organization is not exercising enough oversight in tax incentives awarded to companies that move or expand in the state [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- More good economic news for Utah as the state's budget surplus continues to grow [Utah Policy].
- The Supreme Court blocks parts of an expansive anti-abortion law passed by Texas lawmakers [Huffington Post].
- A second Texas healthcare worker has tested positive for Ebola [The Hill].
- Defense officials want to expand the Utah Test and Training Range by more than 700,000 acres [Tribune].
- A source says President Obama will not nominate a replacement for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder until after the midterm elections [The Hill].
- A feminist blogger cancels an appearance at Utah State University citing Utah's lax gun laws after school officials received anonymous threats promising a mass shooting if she was allowed to speak on campus [Forbes, Deseret News].
- Millions of private photos from Snapchat leak online [Tech Crunch].
On this day in history:
- 1860 - Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard.
- 1966 - The U.S. Department of Transportation was created.
- 1969 - Peace demonstrators stage protests across the country, including a candlelight vigil around the White House.
- 1990 - Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
- 1991 - The Senate narrowly confirmed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court on a 52-48 vote.
Today At Utah Policy
|4th District Debate Fails to Sway Voters|
If one’s goal in a major political televised debate is not to make any really stupid mistakes, not to show yourself as inarticulate or ignorant of the issues, then Tuesday night’s 4th Congressional District fest between Mia Love and Doug Owens was ...
|GOED Faces Tough Audit|
Is Gov. Gary Herbert’s economic development office doing great work in developing new, high-paying jobs in Utah, or is the Governor’s Office of Economic Development out of control, passing out taxpayer subsidies willy-nilly and seeing little actual return?...
|Utah's Budget Surplus Keeps Growing|
Good times continue to roll for Utah State government; new tax revenue updates show in the current fiscal year the state’s two major funds should show between a $70 million and $200 million surplus....
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