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Monday, October 6, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - October 6, 2014

60% of Utahns want the state to take over control of BLM lands. Oaks urges civility in the battle over same-sex marriage. Shurtleff wants the state to identify witnesses against him.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 29
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 112
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 157
  • Days to the 2015 election - 393
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 469
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 764

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. 60% of Utahns think the state should take over administration of BLM-controlled lands within the state's borders [Utah Policy].
  2. A new study says tourism to the state's sagebrush lands generates nearly $60 million annually for Utah's economy [Tribune].
  3. Mormon apostle Dallin H. Oaks urges civility in the fight over same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  4. A patient at Primary Children's Hospital tests negative for Ebola [Deseret News].
  5. Mark Shurtleff wants the state to identify their witnesses in the case against him [Deseret News].
  6. Seven Utah counties are banding together to develop regional projects [Tribune].
  7. Drivers slamming into rail crossing gates costs the Utah Transit Authority $250,000 annually in repairs [Tribune].
  8. Rep. Jason Chaffetz's criticism of Secret Service security lapses are boosting his bid to become chairman of the House Oversight Committee [Tribune].
  9. A rally in downtown Salt Lake City demands accountability for recent officer-involved shootings [Deseret News].
  10. Utah launches an advertising campaign promoting the state's voter-information website [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1973 - The Yom Kippur War began when Syria and Egypt attacked Israel.
  • 1976 - In a debate with Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter, President Gerald R. Ford asserted there was "no Soviet domination of eastern Europe."
  • 1981 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was shot to death by Islamic militants while reviewing a military parade.
  • 1987 - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 9-5 against the nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court.

Today At Utah Policy

Exclusive Poll: Utahns Support Taking Control of Federal Lands in the State
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Lee's Tax Plan Could be a Political Boon for Republicans
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2014 Could See the First Openly-Gay Republican Elected to Congress
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Bob Bernick's Notebook: Number of Secret Bills Exploding on Utah's Capitol Hill
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: My mea culpa: The legislative session that wasn't

Op-ed: We tried to tell you about Snake Valley water

Editorial: Time to send Robles to Congress

Editorial: Elect Charles Stormont attorney general

Draper city rushes to hand off oversight of Traverse Ridge district

New Huntsman book exposes his gambler's heart

Low test scores may add to Utah debate over teaching math

Grand County balks at joining eastern Utah clout-building coalition

Secret Service lapses give Chaffetz audition for chairman

'Comply or die is not the law' - Utah police shootings come under fire

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What's all the fuss about the Utah Debate Commission?

Drew Clark: An entrepreneurial spirit, plus education, plants seeds for economic success

Jay Evensen: Don't believe the hype about gambling

Robert Bennett: Middle East problems are back in the news - front and center

Editorial: Investigator confirms benefit of police-worn cameras

Ex A.G. Mark Shurtleff wants state to identify witnesses in case against him

Relatives, former S.L. mayor Rocky Anderson demand accountability for officer-involved shootings


Editorial: Provo School bond deserves voter support (Daily Herald)

Cutting through the fog: Air quality concerns still high, but there's optimism in the wind (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: Coverage gap victims (Standard-Examiner)

Chaffetz made his mark with Secret Service director's ouster (Standard-Examiner)

A bevy of Davis budget meetings will determine what gets spent where (Standard-Examiner)

How is Hill impacted by F-22 combat operations in Syria? (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Can anyone fill the Competency Gap? (Politico)

Biden apologizes to Turkish leader (The Hill)

The new and improved Jindal (The Hill)

Secret Service problems run deep, Ayotte says (The Hill)

Gallup: Voter opposition to Obama at 16-year high, worse than Bush, Clinton (Washington Examiner)

Axelrod: Obama ballot line a 'mistake' (Politico)

High risk Ebola could reach France and UK by end-October, scientists calculate (Reuters)

African immigrants worry about backlash from U.S. Ebola case (Reuters)

Ebola in Dallas: Officials look for homeless man who was potentially exposed (Associated Press)

Oldest man in Congress on mend after car crash (USA Today)

Republican National Committee Chairman: 'We've Gotta Win the Senate' (NBC News)

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