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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - October 28, 2014

Doug Owens might have a lead on Mia Love. Utah's other three Congressional races could be blowouts. Only one bid to build the downtown convention center hotel.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 7
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 90
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 135
  • Days to the 2015 election - 374
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 447
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 742

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A BYU survey shows Democrat Doug Owens with a slight lead over Republican Mia Love, but there are questions about the poll's methodology [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Rep. Rob Bishop has a big lead over Democrat Donna McAleer in Utah's 1st Congressional District [Utah Policy].
  3. Rep. Chris Stewart looks to be cruising to a second term in Congress [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah's 3rd District race isn't much of a contest as Rep. Jason Chaffetz is in command [Utah Policy].
  5. Bob Dole says he wants Mitt Romney to make another run for the White House in 2016 [Associated Press].
  6. Only one developer has submitted a bid to build a downtown convention center hotel [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Former Attorney General John Swallow will get back $10,000 seized from him during a raid on his home this past summer [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Salt Lake City School Board member Michael Clara is suing the board over alleged violations of the state's open meetings laws [Tribune].
  9. Standardized testing shows Utah charter schools matched the performance of public schools in the state [Tribune].
  10. A new survey suggests Utahns want both daily newspapers to stay in business [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor.
  • 1919 - Congress enacted the Volstead Act, which provided for enforcement of Prohibition.
  • 1922 - Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian government.
  • 1962 - Soviet leader Nikita Kruschchev informed the U.S. he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
  • 1980 - Republican nominee Ronald Reagan asked voters during a debate with President Jimmy Carter "are you better off than you were four years ago?"

Today At Utah Policy

Polling Favors GOP at Top of Ticket in 2014
The Utah Republican machine keeps on rolling across the Beehive State, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

1st District Poll: Bishop 57%, McAleer 25%
Rep. Rob Bishop appears headed for another term in Congress according to a new poll....

2nd District Poll: Stewart 58%, Robles 26%
Republican Chris Stewart is in the driver's seat as he seeks another term in Washington....

3rd District Poll: Chaffetz Crushing Wonnacott
Rep. Jason Chaffetz has a whopping 51-point lead over Democrat Brian Wonnacott in Utah's 3rd District....

How on Earth is Charles Stormont 35-Points Behind Sean Reyes?
Utah's Attorney General race should be closer than this....

Race Rating Change: Utah's 4th Congressional District
It looks like the race in Utah's 4th Congressional District is tightening significantly.On Monday morning, BYU's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy released a poll showing Democrat Doug Owens with a 3-point lead over Republican Mia Love.This result is so...

Race 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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Grand County wrong to join oil industry enablers

Polls show Reyes with a big lead in A.G. race

Swallow to get back seized cash, according to court records

4th District: Doug Owens leads Mia Love in new BYU poll

Find out how your Utah school did on SAGE tests

Deseret News

Op-ed: Crony capitalism is usurping control

Veteran entrepreneurs to benefit from new partnership

Prosecutors agree to return $10K to ex-Attorney General John Swallow

Stewart maintains strong lead in 2nd District race, poll says

Doug Owens ahead of Mia Love in new poll

Sean Reyes has big lead on Charles Stormont in A.G. race, polls show

Low SAGE scores 'not a surprise' in first year, officials say


Northwest Utah County cities outpace Orem and Provo on growth (Daily Herald)

Utah Valley districts on track with state average in SAGE testing (Daily Herald)

Utah SAGE test results illuminate math struggles (Standard-Examiner)

Dems cry foul over District 9 campaign flier about raising taxes (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Senate control in limbo until 2015? (The Hill)

Army orders 21-day quarantine for soldiers on Ebola duty (The Hill)

CDC urges voluntary isolation for highest-risk Ebola health workers (The Hill)

CNN poll: Voters are angry (CNN)

Hillary Clinton clarifies comments on job creation (USA Today)

Detroit had to file bankruptcy, use land, to fix woes (Reuters)

In New Hampshire, Race For Senate Narrow (WBAA)

Ex-Homeland Security secretary Napolitano said she backs executive action on immigration (FOX News)

Walker's road to White House must clear Wisconsin gubernatorial contest (Bloomberg)

Obama endorses ex-convict's rival in Providence race (USA Today)

Jeb Bush 'More Than Likely' to Consider 2016 Run, Son Says (ABC News)

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