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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - October 30, 2014

Love and Owens set to meet in their final debate. 44% of Utahns want to ditch Daylight Savings Time.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 5
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 88
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 133
  • Days to the 2015 election - 372
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 445
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 740

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Mia Love and Doug Owens are set to meet in their final debate Thursday morning [Deseret News].
  2. Love and Owens launch their final ads before Tuesday's election [Tribune].
  3. A plurality of Utahns want the state to ditch Daylight Savings Time according to our latest poll [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah's Democrats say Rep. Kevin Stratton is violating state law by running for re-election while, at the same time, he is a candidate to replace Sen. John Valentine [Tribune].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz could set a record for margin of victory in a Congressional Race on Tuesday [Utah Policy].
  6. Utah Democrats are extra worried about two Legislative races where the vote could go either way [Utah Policy].
  7. The principal at Geneva Elementary School in Utah County is apologizing for sending a political email from his work account [Tribune].
  8. University of Utah legal scholars say Utah's quest to take control of public lands from the federal government has no legal basis [Tribune].
  9. Lawmakers say it will be difficult to come up with a new way of selecting state school board candidates after a federal judge ruled Utah's current system is illegal [Tribune].
  10. The state unveils a new winter tourism ad campaign [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1938 - The radio play "The War of the Worlds" aired on CBS. The live program prompted panic among some listeners who thought its portrayal of a Martian invasion was real.
  • 1961 - The Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb.
  • 1975 - The New York Daily News ran the headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead" after President Gerald R. Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: A Plurality of Utahns want to Ditch Daylight Savings Time
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Bryan Schott's Political BS: Building Momentum
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Chaffetz Could Set a Utah Record on Tuesday
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Owens Doubles Down on Criticism of Love in New Ad
One of the biggest points of contention in the 4th District race between Mia Love and Doug Owens is Love's stance on education. She has said she wants to reduce federal involvement in education, while Owens claims her policies would be detremental....

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
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Salt Lake County District Attorney: Gil Race: 51%, Nelson 42%
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Featured Items

Public Policy � October Update
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4 Things You Need to Know About SAGE Test Scores
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Love, Owens make their closing arguments in final ads

Utah Dems cry foul as Republican seeks two separate seats

Elementary principal apologizes for sending political email

Gill has 9-point lead in Salt Lake County D.A. race

Senate president says nonpartisan state school board is unlikely

Legal scholars challenge underpinnings of Utah's public lands campaign

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: The privilege of voting - use it and encourage it

Jay Evensen: Should Utah be in the Central time zone?

Editorial: Daggett County shines with public-lands compromises

Three amendments to Utah Constitution on the ballot

Race for Salt Lake County district attorney could be tight

'The time is right' for a digital conversion, educators say


Op-ed: Escaping from the curriculum trap (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: SAGE results define priorities (Standard-Examiner)

Elected officials, other county workers may get Davis pay raises (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County Council: No tax increase planned (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

The most wide-open Senate election in a decade (Politico)

2016 cash race: It's on (Politico)

Iowa not ready to crown Hillary (The Hill)

Nurse who tested negative for Ebola fights Maine quarantine (Reuters)

Iowa Senate race suddenly an international story (KCRG)

Cutler is staying in governor's race amid pressure (Associated Press)

Hispanic support of Democratic Party waning, study finds (FOX News)

Pastors speak up on city's decision to drop subpoenas (Houston Chronicle)

Red Cross mishandled Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy response, ProPublica and NPR find (Times-Picayune)

Invigorated by nasty 'family brawl' coverage, Sarah Palin wants to run for office again (Oregonian)

Russia reportedly suspected of being behind breach of White House computers (FOX News)

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