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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - October 7, 2014

SCOTUS decision makes same-sex marriage legal in Utah. Utahns support suing the feds to gain control of public lands within the state. Lockhart not a finalist for state superintendent job.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 28
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 111
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 156
  • Days to the 2015 election - 392
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 468
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 763

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Supreme Court declines to hear same-sex marriage cases from a number of states, including Utah, making the practice the law of the land in those states [Politico, Deseret News
  2. Despite the legal win, the issue will likely continue to be a divisive one in Utah [Utah Policy].
  3. Sen. Mike Lee slams "unelected judges" for the decision on same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  4. Utah lawmakers are poised to make changes to state law about marriage following the SCOTUS decision [Tribune].
  5. Gov. Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes say they're disappointed in the decision allowing same-sex marriage in Utah, but they will abide by the law [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. The LDS Church issues a statement saying the decision will not alter their theological stance that marriage is between a man and a woman [Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  7. A number of Utah leaders react to the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  8. A new poll shows a majority of Utahns would back a lawsuit against the federal government to gain control of lands managed by the BLM [Utah Policy].
  9. House Speaker Becky Lockhart is not among four finalists for the state superintendent job [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  10. Gov. Gary Herbert's committee on Common Core hopes to keep politics out of their review of the curriculum [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 - The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up grievances against England.
  • 1996 - Fox News Channel made its debut.
  • 1998 - Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was beaten and left tied to a wooden post outside Laramie, Wyoming.
  • 2001 - The U.S. and Britain launched air strikes against Taliban positions and Osama bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan.
  • 2003 - California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and elected actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace him.

Today At Utah Policy

Exclusive Poll: Utahns Favor Filing Suit Against the Federal Government Over Control of Public Lands
54% of Utahns think the state should file a lawsuit against the federal government in order to take control of federal lands within the state, while 56% oppose creation of a new national monument surrounding Greater Canyonlands....

Could Romney Save GOP In 2016?
If the other leading GOP contenders implode, advisers close to Mitt Romney say he could be persuaded to jump into the 2016 presidential fray, la Dwight Eisenhower in 1952....

Lockhart Left Off List of Finalists for State Superintendent
House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, did not make the four finalists for the job of state superintendent of public schools, the State Board of Education announced Monday afternoon....

Same-Sex Marriage in Utah Still a Divisive Issue Despite SCOTUS Ruling
Most Utahns, a recent UtahPolicy poll shows, are now going to have to accept – if begrudgingly – federal court rulings on something they oppose – same-sex marriage....

Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal for a Majority of Americans
With Monday's decision by the Supreme Court to not hear a series of appeals on same-sex marriage cases means marriage equality is now legal for a majority of the U.S. population....

Exclusive Poll: Utahns Support Taking Control of Federal Lands in the State
Utah Lawmakers have been discussing whether the state should attempt to take control of public lands within the state borders. Most Utahns think that's a worthy pursuit....

Featured Items

Video: Utahns Support a Lawsuit Against the Federal Government Over Public Lands
54% say they would support a lawsuit against the federal government to win control of public lands in Utah. Managing Editor Bryan Schott runs down our latest batch of poll results....

Register for the Wasatch Choice for 2040 Consortium, Help Plan for the Future
Draper City was a rural farming/bedroom community of 7,500 people in the early 1990s. ...

Dr. Kimberly Henrie Accepts Leadership Role in Utah's Economic Sector
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development  is pleased to announce Dr. Kimberly Henrie has joined the GOED team as the new deputy director and chief operating officer....

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

Democrats start to point fingers (The Hill)

Panetta's jabs at Obama are not 'legitimate,' White House says (The Hill)

House Dems: We've been abandoned (The Hill)

As US attacks Islamic State near Baghdad, the fight hits one US family at home (Christian Science Monitor)

Feds charge Illinois man with trying to join ISIS (FOX News)

Mark Udall, Cory Gardner spar in Colorado debate (Politico)

Possible Republican 2016 contender Jindal stakes out hawkish tone (Reuters)

Dems Shift Spending In House Races As Midterms Near (Associated Press)

Bill Clinton to Arkansans: 'Vote your heart' (Politico)

Philadelphia teachers to pay for health benefits as contract axed (Reuters)

NYC mayor defends probe that cleared top aide (Associated Press)

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