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Monday, October 27, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - October 27, 2014

Reyes has a big lead in Utah's A.G. race. Owens and Love spending big in the final days of the 4th District contest. Utah's Democrats hope to make gains on Utah's Capitol Hill.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 8
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 91
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 136
  • Days to the 2015 election - 375
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 448
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 743

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our new poll shows Republican Sean Reyes is running away with the Attorney General race, leading Democrat Charles Stormont by a 57-22% margin [Utah Policy].
  2. New pre-election financial numbers show Mia Love and Doug Owens are spending freely in their race for Utah's 4th District [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Utah's Democrats are striving to make modest gains on Utah's Capitol Hill in next week's election [Tribune].
  4. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is gearing up for a possible presidential run in 2016 [New York Times].
  5. The Alpine School District Race between JoDee Sundberg and Dr. Maynard Olsen is getting a little nasty [Daily Herald].
  6. The Utah Supreme Court ruled that changes made by lawmakers to the process for putting a citizen's initiative on the ballot are not overly burdensome [Tribune].
  7. The White House dings Rep. Jason Chaffetz for his criticism of the administrations response to the Ebola virus [Tribune].
  8. After fierce criticism, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo backs off a mandatory Ebola quarantine, saying it can be spent at home [New York Times].
  9. New Census numbers show large growth in a number of Utah cities [Tribune].
  10. New standard tests show less than half of Utah students are proficient in key subjects [Deseret News].

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  • 2005 - White House counsel Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court after three weeks of criticism from fellow conservatives.
  • 2008 - Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was convicted of seven corruption charges for lying about free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy donor. (A judge later dismissed the case, saying prosecutors had withheld evidence.)

Today At Utah Policy

Rating Change: Utah Attorney General
A big shift in our rating for the Utah Attorney General contest in the wake of a poll showing incumbent Sean Reyes with a big lead over Democrat Charles Stormont....

Exclusive Poll: Reyes 57%, Stormont 22%
The race for Utah Attorney General is turning out to be not much of a race at all....

Poll: Reyes Running Away with AG Race
A new poll shows Republican Attorney General candidate Sean Reyes with a 35-point lead over Democrat Charles Stormont.  Utah Policy managing editor Bryan Schott breaks down the numbers....

Video: Salt Lake County Council Candidate Dan Snarr
Dan Snarr, former Mayor of Murray and now a candidate for Salt Lake County Council, discusses why he prefers problem solving over politics.  Plus, he tells Managing Editor Bryan Schott the story behind his amazing handlebar mustache....

Dan Snarr Plays. the 'Lightning Round'
Former Mayor of Murray Dan Snarr, now a Democratic candidate for Salt Lake County Council, faces the "Lightning Round" where he has just 60 seconds to answer as many stupid questions as possible. Plus, Managing Editor Bryan Schott asks one bonus...

Chaffetz: Feds Bungling Ebola Response
Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the Obama administration should reverse course andrequire travel bans and quarantines of persons who've had direct contact with Ebola patients....

Two Members of Utah's Congressional Delegation Have a Negative Net Worth
Utah's members of Congress are not among the richest in Washington, but two members from Utah have more debts than assets....

Alabama is Way More Republican than Utah
Don't tell Utah's Democrats! The Beehive State, while solidly Republican, is only the eighth "most Republican" state in the nation....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Utah Democrats on the Decline
Utah could be about to join a rather exclusive club – one that it belonged to briefly in the 1990s and 1980s....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #210
We are less than two weeks from the election. Does anybody care? Also, Utahns attitudes about same-sex marriage are shifting, and we have a pretty good idea where the Utah State Prison might move.  Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick run down the week in Utah politic...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Ride-sharing competition has made taxis better

Op-ed: Gov. Herbert: Refiners have committed to cleaner Tier 3 fuels

Radioactive gas, chlorine to be released on Army's Utah testing range

White House questions Chaffetz's 'knowledge' of Ebola

Census: Some Utah areas booming

Money flowing in Utah's 4th District race between Mia Love, Doug Owens

Love, Owens offering a stark choice

New pipelines, wells proposed in Utah's Big Flat; recreationists worried

GOP rules but can Utah Dems gain on kings of the Hill?

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Gossip topics for diehard politicos before election 2014

Loren Israelsen: Hatch rescued supplement industry

Robert Bennett: Playing the Senate prediction game

John Florez: Audit reveals politicians' double standards

Editorial: Protecting the church from the state

Mia Love raising more money than Doug Owens in 4th District

Race for Utah's 2nd District has been low profile, low cost

3 reasons Utah is a great place for students

Debate over quarantine of medical workers as Ebola debate heats up

Most Utah students aren't proficient in key subjects, new assessment shows


Op-ed: Does Utah need more women in the Legislature? (Daily Herald)

Orem City Council set to approve ethics commission (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Too much testing, not enough assessment (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: County needs to rethink hybrid government format (Park Record)

National Headlines

Lone wolf threat 'huge,' Rogers says (The Hill)

DNC, RNC chiefs face off (The Hill)

Hillaryland: Monica who? (The Hill)

States' Ebola quarantines spark frustration, disagreement between feds, governors (FOX News)

George P. Bush says dad 'moving forward' on 2016 (Associated Press)

Huffington Post: Halloween Causes Climate Change (Daily Caller)

Tight Senate races poses cash quandaries as campaign enters its last days (Washington Post)

Just how close is that Colorado Senate race? Polls differ (Los Angeles Times)

Chris Christie Bemoans 'Extraordinary Vacuum Of Leadership' During Iowa Stop (Associated Press)

Report details torture of ISIS hostages before beheadings (FOX News)

Oklahoma man claims Satan told him to destroy Ten Commandments monument (New York Daily News)

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