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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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Utah drops appeal of a decision requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages. Religious liberty will be an issue on Utah's Capitol Hill in 2015. Chaffetz and Wonnacott debate.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 27
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 110
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 155
  • Days to the 2015 election - 391
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 467
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 762

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah drops their appeal of a court ruling requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. The issue of "religious liberty" will likely return to Utah's Capitol Hill following the Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage legal in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. 3rd Congressional District candidates Jason Chaffetz and Brian Wonnacott debate at Utah Valley University [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. A majority of Utahns support Rep. Rob Bishop's Public Lands Initiative [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah Republicans really like the idea of suing the federal government to gain control of public lands in the state [Utah Policy].
  6. Education policy highlights big differences between Mia Love and Doug Owens in their 4th Congressional District race [Tribune].
  7. A legal review of how Utah adopted the Common Core standards says no laws have been broken and the state is still in control of public schools [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. The state launches a new website featuring an online game that Utahns can play to help guide future development [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Stericycle says Ebola-related waste from Texas will not be coming to their Utah facility for disposal [Standard-Examiner].
  10. The International Monetary Fund cuts its global economic growth forecast [Wall Street Journal].

On this day in history:

  • 1871 - The Great Chicago Fire started, which destroyed four square miles of the city.
  • 1918 - American Army Sgt. Alvin York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest in France.
  • 1959 - Margaret Thatcher was first elected to the British Parliament.

Today At Utah Policy

Utah Republicans Support Fight Against Feds Over Public Lands
Ken Ivory, go crazy.Yes, it’s a green light for Utah lawmakers who are pressing hard against the federal government, attempting to get control of millions of acres of federal BLM and forest lands, a new UtahPolicy poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates shows....

Exclusive Poll: Utahns Back Bishop's Public Lands Initiative
60% of Utahns say they support Rep. Rob Bishop's effort to preserve some public lands while promoting energy development on others....

Chaffetz Outclasses Wonnacott in 3rd District Debate
Brian Wannacott might be a nice guy....

Hatch: Religious Liberty Under Attack, Both at Home and Abroad
In a speech at BYU, Sen. Orrin Hatch warns that religious freedomis being threatenedby activist judges in America and by Islamic extremism internationally....

Weekly Survey: Same-Sex Marriage Fallout
How will the 2015 Utah Legislature react to the news that same-sex marriage is now legal in Utah? Will lawmakers be more or less likely to pass pro-gay rights legislation? Let us know in our weekly survey....

2014 Election Race Ratings: Utah Senate (Updated 10/07/2014)
With less than a month to go, here's our latest look at the 2014 races for Utah Senate. There are 14 seats up for election this year, but we don't see much, if any, change coming in 2014.Our rating scale:"Safe" seats mean there is no challeng...

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....

Featured Items

Farm Bureau Denounces Federal Water Grab
The United States Forest Service is attempting to “federalize the waters of the states” through its proposed Groundwater Resources Management Directive. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah's 4th should elect Doug Owens

Education issue shows split between Love, Owens in Utah's 4th district

3rd District candidates clash over executive power

Utah A.G.: Common Core doesn't cede school control to feds

Governor: Play online game to guide Utah's future

The future looks bright, say west side residents, but what about the present?

Paul Rolly: Rocky scolds bad cops by day, gets help from good cops at night

Poll: Slim majority of Utahns opposed to Canyonlands monument

Utah Praised for Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness

Deseret News

Op-ed: Healthy Utah would provide stability

Jay Evensen: Utahns should take note of why Norway dropped its Olympic bid

Editorial: Chartering improvement

Hatch will try to set GOP agenda at Reagan Ranch Wednesday

Utah congressmen cry foul over yellow-billed cuckoo protections

Poll: Utahns support federal land fight, don't want new monument

Governor, A.G. say Common Core hasn't cost Utah control of education standards

Religious freedom, nondiscrimination bills to resurface at Utah Legislature

Chaffetz, Wonnacott address range of issues in 3rd District debate

Affordable housing helps prevent, cures homelessness in Utah, new report says


Chaffetz, Wonnacott debate for District 3 seat (Daily Herald)

Stericycle: Ebola waste not coming to Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Timber industry's role uncertain, even with Western bark beetle epidemics (Standard-Examiner)

Bark beetle research shows future evolution of Utah forests (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Republicans brace for 2016 free-for-all (Politico)

Pentagon: US troops to have contact with Ebola virus (The Hill)

FBI to public: Help us identify foreign fighters (CBS News)

Holder's Misinformation Campaign (Wall Street Journal)

Bobby Jindal Joins the GOP Hawks (Atlantic)

Colorado Governor Calls Pot Legalization 'Reckless' (U.S. News & World Report)

VA fires 4 employees amid wait-time cover-up scandal (New York Daily News)

Panetta hitches raft to Clinton, jettisons Obama (MSNBC)

Despite a deal boom, Wall Street is still struggling (Fortune)

Warren Buffett bets on Hillary Clinton to win in 2016 (USA Today)

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