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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - October 29, 2014

National Democrats are set to start spending to support Doug Owens. Sean Reyes outraising Charles Stormont by a 2-1 margin. Poll shows Gill with a 9-point lead in the Salt Lake District Attorney race.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 6
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 89
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 134
  • Days to the 2015 election - 373
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 446
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 741

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. National Democrats are poised to start spending in Utah's 4th Congressional District race [Utah Policy].
  2. Sean Reyes is beating Charles Stormont in the campaign cash race by a 2-1 margin [Deseret News].
  3. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has a lead over Republican Steve Nelson heading into election day according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  4. The LDS Dems group is trying to win over voters through a billboard campaign [Deseret News].
  5. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams unveils his $1.1 billion budget proposal, which includes no tax hike [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Prosecutors oppose trying former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff separately [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A group of business and civic leaders unveil a five-year plan to boost Utah's public education system [Deseret News].
  8. A new poll out of BYU shows that priorities Utahns have for Utah lawmakers [Utah Data Points].
  9. Former gubernatorial candidate Dell "Super Dell" Shanze is facing federal charges for allegedly chasing a barn owl with a paraglider [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. A report from the state Office of the Medical Examiner concludes a 22-year-old Saratoga Springs man was shot in the back and killed by police officers while he was running away [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1929 - Stock prices collapsed on the New York Stock Exchange amid panic selling. Thousands of investors were wiped out.
  • 1940 - The United States began its first peacetime military draft.
  • 1966 - The National Organization for Women was founded.
  • 1969 - The Internet was born when the first host-to-host connection was made on an experimental military computer network between UCLA and Stanford.
  • 2004 - Osama bin Laden directly admitted for the first time he had ordered the Sept. 11 attacks.

Today At Utah Policy

National Democrats Set to Pour Money into Utah's 4th District Race
Here's the clearest sign yet that the race between Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens is turning into a nail-biter....

Two Legislative Races Worth Watching Heading Into Election Day
There’s a sleeper Utah House race this year that’s causing some GOP leaders heartburn as Election Day nears next Tuesday....

Salt Lake County District Attorney: Gil Race: 51%, Nelson 42%
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has a lead over his Republican opponent heading into next week's election according to our latest survey....

Weekly Survey: Call Your Shot in the 2014 Midterm Elections
The 2014 midterm elections are Tuesday. What do you think will happen in the following races? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Mia Love Releases New Ad Featuring President Obama
Mia Love tries to tie her opponent to Barack Obama in a new television ad hitting Utah's airwaves....

Everybody Needs to Calm Down About the Latest Mia Love/Doug Owens Poll
Does Democrat Doug Owens have a lead on Republican Mia Love in the final week of the election? Probably not.Is the race in Utah's 4th District tightening up? Absolutely....

NSA Documents Suggest a Close Working Relationship Between NSA, U.S. Companies
Newly disclosed National Security Agency documents suggest a closer relationship between American companies and the spy agency than has been previously disclosed....

American Parents Split on Acceptance of Common Core Unless They're Republicans
A new survey finds American parents of children in public school are fairly evenly divided over the Common Core educational standards...unless they're Republicans....

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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Poll indicates big wins for Utah's GOP House members on Tuesday

Rolly: Earth to Chaffetz: There is no permanent surgeon general

Prosecutor: Swallow, Shurtleff should be tried together

Why do Utah kids stumble in sixth grade, high school math?

Salt Lake County mayor's budget calls for trails, theaters, pool and more

Salt Lake County sheriff candidates exchange barbs

Charter schools match state performance on SAGE

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Vote thoughtfully - and make your midterm ballot count

Op-ed: Herbert should pick law interpreter

Jay Evensen: IRS abuses continue; where is the outrage?

Editorial: SAGE advice - Act now on poor results to enhance education

Sean Reyes raises more than twice as much cash as Charles Stormont in A.G. race

Utah among lowest in nation in political engagement, report says

McAdams proposes $1.1 billion budget for Salt Lake County with no tax increase

Consumers believe Utah economy is strong, report says

Prosecutors oppose separating cases against ex A.G.s John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff

Group outlines long-term plan to bolster education and economy


Weber Republican women to hear from Bell (Standard-Examiner)

State leaders: We aren't spending enough for Utah education (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

House Dems fret debilitating losses (Politico)

Carney: Dems will 'have a bad election day' (The Hill)

Sarah Palin: Haters may drive me to run again (USA Today)

Democrats Scale Back Spending In South Dakota Senate Race (Associated Press)

Poll: Midterm momentum belongs to GOP (Washington Post)

Thom Tillis internal poll shows tied North Carolina race (Politico)

Bob Dole, Mitt Romney stump for Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas (Kansas City Star)

House Republicans could look more diverse after Election Day (CBS News)

Jeb Bush 'More Than Likely' to Run for President, Son Says (Bloomberg)

Obama plans executive actions to strengthen U.S. manufacturing (Reuters)

How American QE has changed the world (Telegraph)

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