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Friday, October 17, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - October 17, 2014

Love is swimming in campaign cash. Obama may name an "Ebola czar." Lawmakers look to stop the exploding number of "secret" bills on Utah's Capitol Hill.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 18
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 101
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 146
  • Days to the 2015 election - 382
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 458
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 753

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Mia Love is winning the campaign cash race over Doug Owens, and it's not even close [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Love is part of a new TV ad from the national GOP urging women to vote Republican [Deseret News].
  3. President Obama may name an "Ebola czar" to manage the government's response to the virus [New York Times].
  4. Rep. Jim Matheson testifies at a special Congressional hearing about Ebola and other potential pandemics [Tribune].
  5. Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, was discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine [Wall Street Journal].
  6. Utah lawmakers look for solutions to the exploding number of "secret" bills on Capitol Hill [Utah Policy].
  7. A new poll gives the Democratic party their lowest national ratings since the early 1980's [Washington Post].
  8. Former Utah teacher Lily Eskelsen Garcia, now the president of the National Education Association, bemoans the "toxic" culture of testing in public schools [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. A feminist activist who cancelled an appearance at Utah State University because of death threats made against her is urging other lecturers to boycott Utah colleges until guns are banned from campuses [Tribune].
  10. The Cache County Council is mulling a tax hike to help fund roads [Herald Journal].

On this day in history:

  • 1777 - British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y.
  • 1931 - Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
  • 1973 - Arab oil-producing nations announced they would cut back oil exports to Western nations and Japan; the embargo lasted until March of 1974.
  • 1989 - An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern California, killing 67 people and causing $7 billion worth of damage.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Stemming the Flood of 'Secret' Bills on Capitol Hill
A special legislative committee would like to find some way to reduce the growing number of “protected” bills lawmakers are secretly working on just before each general session....

Video: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #209
Mia Love leads Doug Owens by 9 points. Will that change after the two have their first and only televised debate?...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #209
Mia Love leads Doug Owens by 9 points. Will that change after the two have their first and only televised debate?...

Department of Corrections
In April, cited a source about possible charges against former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. Part of that report was in error....

Forbes: Why Herbert's Obamacare Expansion Won't Work
In a long and detailed piece, Forbes contributor Josh Archambault lists fivereasons Utah legislators should oppose Gov. Herbert's Medicaid expansion plan....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: We're so Glad You Could Attend! Come Inside! Come Inside!
The show's about to start, it will blow your head apart!...

Romney Friends Say He is 'Feeling a Nudge' to Run in 2016
Mitt Romney has been zipping around the country supporting Republican candidates ahead of the 2014 midterms. Some people close to him say that has the two-time presidential candidate thinking about a third run for the White House....

Yikes! This Ad Blames Republican Budget Cuts for Spread of Ebola
This is a political low blow. An ad from a group calling itself the "Agenda Project" basically blames Republican budget cuts for the spread of Ebola....

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Love vs. Owens in the Homestretch
With less than three weeks to go, whee do you think the race between Mia Love and Doug Owens stands?...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the week: Willard Basin Trailhead-- Tribune: Wolf from Idaho-Canada pack apparently roams through Utah-- Tribune: Federal land managers announce free entry days-- For the?latest wildlife news and information?and the?fishing report?visit ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Don't miss this clean-air opportunity

Matheson's big fear: the outbreaks after Ebola

Paul Rolly: Time to boot the tow trucks? More tales from parking hell

Sage grouse progress report to lawmakers short on details

NEA president: Don't punish teachers with test scores

Love raises five times more than Owens, sets Utah record

Deseret News

W. Bradford Wilcox: The fortunes of faith and family tend to be linked

Greg Bell: Lessons learned form the campaign for same-sex marriage

Op-ed: It's time for Orem to encourage business growth

Editorial: New conservative war on poverty would be a good thing

Mia Love included in a new ad encouraging women to vote Republican

Judge dismisses most of lawsuit against BLM agents in Indian artifacts raid

Mia Love raises $1.5 million in past three months for congressional campaign

Educators at UEA convention told to 'push back'


Utah lawmakers stand firm on campus concealed carry (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County Council to consider tax increase to fund roads (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Trouble Looms for Obama, Democrats with Election Day 2014 Approaching (ABC News)

Deadspin's Cory Gardner fumble (Politico)

President Obama's Ebola problem (The Hill)

Lawmakers slam Ebola response (The Hill)

Race for Florida governor hit by fan interference (Los Angeles Times)

As overtesting outcry grows, education leaders pull back on standardized tests (Christian Science Monitor)

Latino Voters and the 2014 Midterm Elections (Pew Research)

Los Angeles Schools Chief Resigns After Mounting Criticism (New York Times)

Gillespie off the air this week (Politico)

Bill O'Reilly goes on 'Daily Show,' inevitable debate ensues (Los Angeles Times)

Kansas Senate candidate got started in lights (Associated Press)

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