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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - October 21, 2014

Support is growing for a statewide non-discrimination law. Barack Obama says the Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry. John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff ask a judge to split the case against them into two separate proceedings.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 14
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 97
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 142
  • Days to the 2015 election - 378
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 454
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 749

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Support is growing for Utah lawmakers to pass a statewide non-discrimination law that includes sexual preference [Utah Policy].
  2. Opposition to same-sex marriage appears to be falling across the board in Utah [Utah Policy].
  3. President Barack Obama says he thinks the equal protection clause in the Constutition guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states [New Yorker].
  4. There's no truth to the rumor that LDS temples are going to get out of the marriage business [Tribune].
  5. John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff ask a judge to split the case against them into two separate proceedings; the judge sets a November hearing to consider the motion [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Early voting begins today in Utah [Tribune].
  7. Republican Congressional Candidate Mia Love is catching some heat for declining to appear at a debate sponsored by the Salt Lake Rotary Club [Deseret News].
  8. The CDC issues new guidelines on how healthcare workers should deal with Ebola [New York Times].
  9. The U.S. Air Force wants to expand the Utah Test and Training Range by 700,000 acres in order to accomodate the new F-35 fighter jet [Tribune].
  10. Monica Lewinsky gives her first public talk ever and condemns cyber-bullying and Internet shaming [Forbes].

On this day in history:

  • 1797 - The U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, was launched in Boston Harbor.
  • 1805 - A British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French and Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson was killed in the battle.
  • 1879 - Thomas Edison invented the electric light at his laboratory in New Jersey.
  • 1971 - President Richard M. Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 2003 - Invoking a hastily-passed law, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ordered a feeding tube reinserted into Terry Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman at the center of a bitter right-to-die battle.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage Falling Across the Board
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that made same-sex marriages legal in Utah, some key groups’ opposition to gay marriage has softened – although the groups are still opposed to the practice....

Exclusive Poll: Support for Statewide Non-Discrimination Law Growing; Utahns Split on Religious Exemption
Utahns are increasingly in favor of a statewide law that would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation when it comes to employment and housing. However, they are split on whether the law should have an exemption on religious grounds....

Video: Poll Shows More Utahns Favor Statewide Non-Discrimination Law
More Utahns favor a statewide law banning discrimination when it comes to housing and employment against gays and lesbians. Managing Editor Bryan Schott breaks down the numbers....

Colorado Sees Utah as Competitor, Exemplar
Utah is beginning toout-competeColoradoon the economic development front, to the point where Bob Beauprez, GOP challenger to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, is makingUtah's stronger showing a campaign issue....

Utah is the 'Worst' State for Women
Ouch! A new study of census bureau numbers concludes Utah is the worst state for women....

Britain Considering Law to Jail Internet 'Trolls'
The British government is considering new laws that would jail internet "trolls" for up to two years. The proposal comes on the heels of several high-profile incidents of abuse on social media....

Exclusive Poll: Utahns Attitudes About Same-Sex Marriage Shifting Following Supreme Court Decision
Utahns have become a little more accepting of same-sex marriages after they were legalized in the state following a Supreme Court decision....

Video: New Poll Shows Utahns Attitudes are Shifting on Same-Sex Marriage
It looks like Utahns attitudes about Same-sex marriage are shifting....

Featured Items

Mayor Becker to Join V.P. Biden, National Experts for Live, Innovative Transportation Summit
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will join Vice President Joe Biden, a select group of U.S. mayors and thought leaders from the public and private sectors to explore solutions to transit and transportation challenges in the premier episode of a liv...

Asian Bicycle Executives Ride Through Utah While Ogden City Builds Its Outdoor Sports Brand
The City of Ogden, one of North America's new outdoor recreation clusters, continues to make headlines within the Asian bicycle industry. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: We should fight disease, not each other

Utah's Stewart seeks little victories to mend a broken Washington

New Utah study shows Great Recession's mean streak

Poll: Most Utahns against same-sex marriage, but opposition declining

Air Force pitches 700,000-acre Utah training range expansion

Deseret News

Jason Chaffetz: Congress must tackle tough issues

Editorial: Technology in today's schools - Getting an early start is crucial, and costly

Virus expert sees 'silver lining' in Ebola outbreak

Judge sets November hearing for ex-A.G.s Mark Shurtleff, John Swallow

Utahns not as strongly opposed to same-sex marriage, poll finds

Love not attending Salt Lake City Rotary Club debate


Local farmers worried about federal reach into water rights (Daily Herald)

Woods Cross wants to put new face on city's 'gateway' (Standard-Examiner)

Davis County Republicans a confident bunch (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Poll: Democrats in danger over Ebola (Politico)

Wendy Davis and the ever-longer odds (Politico)

President Obama tries to energize base in Maryland (Politico)

Roberts tied in Kansas Senate poll (The Hill)

Obama's Ebola czar declines to testify (The Hill)

Perez coy on AG vacancy (The Hill)

Ebola in America: Has the Fever Broken? (NBC News)

Senate slates Ebola hearing as calls for ban grow (CNN)

Detroit judge expects ruling on bankruptcy in 2 weeks (USA Today)

Cuomo confronts and pokes fun at Biden's LaGuardia Airport 'third world' joke (CNN)

DCCC outraises Senate rivals (Associated Press)

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