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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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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:

  1. 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].
  2. Owens probably didn't do what he needed in order to close the gap between him and Love [Utah Policy].
  3. 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].
  4. More good economic news for Utah as the state's budget surplus continues to grow [Utah Policy].
  5. The Supreme Court blocks parts of an expansive anti-abortion law passed by Texas lawmakers [Huffington Post].
  6. A second Texas healthcare worker has tested positive for Ebola [The Hill].
  7. Defense officials want to expand the Utah Test and Training Range by more than 700,000 acres [Tribune].
  8. A source says President Obama will not nominate a replacement for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder until after the midterm elections [The Hill].
  9. 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].
  10. 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 ...

Owens vs. Love - Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing
Democrat Doug Owens needed a decisive victory over his Republican opponent Mia Love in Tuesday night’s debate. He didn’t get it....

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?...

Video: Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton
Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton talks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about women in politics, planning for the future of Salt Lake County, clean air issues and transportation....

Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton Plays the Lightning Round
With just 60-seconds to answer as many stupid questions as possible, Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton takes on the Utah "Lightning Round." Did she once beat up former West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder (her brother) in a fight? Mana...

Weekly Survey: Love vs. Owens - Close Race or Blowout?
Is the race between Republican Mia Love and Democrat Dave Owens close, or will one of them win going away? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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....

Poll Shows Partisan, Religious Divide in Love/Owens Race
There's a big partisan and religious divide brewing in Utah's 4th Congressional District race....

How Religion and Political Ideology is Playing in Utah's 4th Congressional District (Video)
A new poll shows a growing political and religious divide in Utah's 4th Congressional District.  Managing Editor Bryan Schott breaks down the numbers....

Love/Owens to Debate One Last Time After Tuesday
Turns out Tuesday night's debate between Mia Love and Doug Owens won't be the last time the two candidates will appear together in 2014....

Mia Love Launches Ad Featuring Mitt Romney
Mia Love is taking full advantage of Mitt Romney's visit to Utah last week, turning his appearance at her rally into a political ad....
Utah Office of Tourism's Mighty 5 Ad Campaign Receives Highest Award
The Utah Office of Tourism and its creative agency, Struck, received top honors from the National Council of State Tourism Directors’ Mercury Awards, recognizing The Mighty 5 national parks marketing campaign....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: 'Shared solution' worthy of UDOT consideration

Study: Utah lowest in student debt

Defense officials want to expand Utah Test and Training Range

Mountain Accord yields ideals for central Wasatch

Audit: Utah lax in overseeing $600M in incentives to companies

Education funding at center of heated 4th District debate

Deseret News

Editorial: Take Ebola seriously, but don't overreact

U.S. energy administration predicts low fuel costs this winter

Mitt Romney makes an appearance in Mia Love's new campaign ad

Audit cites 'inadequate oversight' in state economic development program

Few fireworks in Love-Owens debate


Utah County leaders fight for community's silent impoverished, the sheltered poor (Daily Herald)

Orem mayor calls for solidarity on council (Daily Herald)

Garn unhappy with NASA spending cuts (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

House Dems in retreat (Politico)

Source: No attorney general nominee until after midterms (The Hill)

CDC director regrets US Ebola response (The Hill)

76 People in Texas Being Monitored for Signs of Ebola (New York Times)

Odierno: 'Military risk is accumulating exponentially' (Stars and Stripes)

Democrats pull TV ads in Kentucky Senate race (CNN)

Chris Christie sinking in New Jersey: Trouble for 2016? (Christian Science Monitor)

Obama: World not doing enough to fight Ebola (Associated Press)

Prominent challenger turns Colorado Senate race into a nail-biter (Reuters)

Republicans putting more money into tight North Carolina race (MarketWatch)

Mitt in 2016 highly unlikely, Ann Romney says (Reuters)

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