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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Utahns support "religious liberty" legislation. The state prison could move to a location near Salt Lake International Airport. Doug Owens debates alone after Mia Love skips an event.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 13
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 96
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 141
  • Days to the 2015 election - 377
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 453
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 748

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utahns overwhelmingly support proposed legislation to reiterate the ability of clergy and religious organizations to refuse to perform same-sex marriage if they are opposed to the practice [Utah Policy].
  2. Democrat Doug Owens appears solo at the Salt Lake Rotary Club after Republican Mia Love refuses their invitation to debate [Deseret News].
  3. A source says the final four possible sites for relocating the Utah State Prison include three locations in Salt Lake County and one in Saratoga Springs; Tooele is apparently out of the running [Utah Policy].
  4. Health officials say they are set to begin testing vaccines to fight Ebola [New York Times].
  5. Ben Bradlee, the legendary editor of the Washington Post, dies at the age of 93 [Washington Post].
  6. A new Utah law makes signers responsible for knowing what a petition says when they add their signature [Daily Herald].
  7. Salt Lake County's tax collections are slightly ahead of projections this year [Tribune].
  8. An audit concludes more than half of Utah's juvenile offenders return to jail, which costs the state millions of dollars annually [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. The toxicity of algae in parts of Utah Lake are 70-times higher than safe levels [KSL].
  10. Democratic Congressional candidate Donna McAleer bemoans Utah's ranking as the "worst" state in the nation for women [Huffington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1746 - Princeton University received its charter.
  • 1962 - President John F. Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.
  • 1968 - Apollo 7, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard, returned to Earth.
  • 1981 - The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.

Today At Utah Policy

Exclusive Poll: Utahns Overwhelmingly Support Religious Liberty Legislation
A new poll finds Utahns would overwhelmingly support legislation to reinforce the ability of clergy to refuse to perform same-sex marriages....

Video: Utahns Favor Religious Liberty Proposal
Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Utah, expect a debate over religious liberty during the 2015 session on Utah’s Capitol Hill. ...

Weekly Survey: Guns on Campus
A prominent feminist cited Utah's lax gun laws as the reason she cancelled an apperance at Utah State University. Should Utah lawmakers make changes to the law allowing guns on campus? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Wow, That's a Lot of Mia Love Ads!
Republican Congressional candidate Mia Love is carpet bombing Utah's media with campaign ads....

Source: Utah State Prison Could Move to Site Near Salt Lake International Airport; Tooele Site Out of the Running
One of the top sites for a new $450 million state prison is out by the Salt Lake City International Airport, UtahPolicy has been told....

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....

Featured Items

Utah Educational Savings Plan Receives Gold Analyst Rating from Morningstar for Fourth Consecutive Year
The Utah Educational Savings Plan, Utah’s official 529 college savings program, received the highest industry stamp of approval from Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, for the fourth consecutive year. Of 64 plans Morningstar ...

Early Voting Underway
Beginning Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 31, select counties will hold Early Voting at locations across the state. ...

Governor's Clean Air Action Team Releases Recommendations
Poor air quality during certain periods of the year ranks as Utahns’ greatest concern about their quality of life, and it threatens not only our health but our economy as we seek to recruit and retain businesses and a high-quality workforce....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Economy boosting county tax collections

More than half of Utah's youth offenders return to detention

Early voting begins Tuesday in Utah

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Can a Mormon not be a liberal?

Jay Evensen: We're becoming a nation that votes by mail, and we should think of the consequences

Editorial: Dropouts face high risk of personal, social problems

Support for statewide nondiscrimination law growing in Utah, poll shows

Owens participates in Rotary Club debate solo

State hospital considering jail-based programs to meet growing need for forensic services

Lockhart, Seelig work to galvanize Utah's women


New law says you sign a petition, you're legally bound (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Smith a curious schools choice (Standard-Examiner)

Questions surrounds Utah's new top education official (Park Record)

National Headlines

Evangelicals road test 2016 strategy (Politico)

Thom Tillis claims 'momentum' in North Carolina (Politico)

Battle begins for NRSC chair (Politico)

Two polls put Colorado Republican up in Senate race (The Hill)

GOP bullish with two weeks to go (The Hill)

Ebola travel restrictions imposed (The Hill)

Did Obama just hand GOP a weapon to use against endangered Democrats? (Christian Science Monitor)

Pew: Liberals, conservatives live in their own media bubbles (CBS News)

New York Health Care Workers Gather for Ebola Training (New York Times)

Republican puts Dems on defense in sleeper Iowa race (FOX News)

Idaho ministers sue to prevent gay weddings at chapel (Religion News Service)

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