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Thursday, October 9, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - October 9, 2014

Romney rallies for Mia Love. Federal deficit falls to its lowest level under Obama. UTA budget proposal taps reserves while increasing service.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 26
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 109
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 154
  • Days to the 2015 election - 390
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 466
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 761

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Mitt Romney attends a Utah rally for Mia Love, helps the GOP Congressional candidate pull in about $100,000 in campaign cash [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. 4th District Democratic candidate Doug Owens releases a new round of TV ads that squarely take aim at Mia Love [Utah Policy].
  3. Don't tell the Tea Party, but the budget deficit falls to $486 billion, which is the lowest during Obama's time in office [Washington Post].
  4. The 10th Circuit officially dismisses Utah's appeal of a judges ruling that the state must recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Sen. Steve Urquhart plans to re-introduce his statewide non-discrimination bill during the 2015 Legislature [St. George News].
  6. The Utah Transit Authority's 2015 budget taps $44.5 million of reserve cash while increasing service [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The National Park Service is proposing fee hikes for Utah's national parks [Deseret News].
  8. U.S. health officials will start screening fliers arriving from West Africa for Ebola [New York Times].
  9. Enrollment at Utah's colleges and universities is largely flat, but the number of Latinos on campus is on the rise [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Utah's Democrats are launching a media campaign encouraging Hispanics to vote in November [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1701 - The Collegiate School of Connecticut - later Yale University - was chartered in New Haven.
  • 1776 - A group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco.
  • 1936 - The first generator at Hoover Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.
  • 1967 - Guerrilla leader Che Guevara was executed in Bolivia while attempting to incite revolution.
  • 2009 - President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Today At Utah Policy

Doug Owens Releases New Round of Hard-Hitting Political Ads
Democratic 4th District candidate Doug Owens is taking direct aim at Republican frontrunner Mia Love in his latest round of ads....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Victory Has Its Price
Beware confusing a legal win for a political one....

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....

Hatch and the Conservative Reform Agenda
In a speech Wednesday at the Reagan Ranch in California, Sen. Orrin Hatch places himself in the camp of those Republicans (including Sen. Mike Lee) who think the GOPneeds "to develop a positive, reform-minded agenda" that offers a compelling vision to voters....

Huntsman Says No to 2016 Run
We can finally stop speculating about Jon Huntsman's political future - he says there won't be one....

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....

Featured Items

Transportation For America - Local Successes
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Dollars for Dudes: Almost No Women Among Medical Industry's Top-Paid Speakers, Consultants
Few women are on the list of doctors paid the most money by drug and medical device companies last year, according to a ProPublica analysis of new data released by the federal government....

Utah Broadband Project Releases Statewide Broadband Plan
Wednesday, the Utah Broadband Project released the Utah Broadband Plan, which details strategies and key initiatives to help increase broadband deployment, adoption and connectivity throughout the State of Utah. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: A.G. report on Common Core was common sense

Candidates make their cases for Senate seat

Hatch to GOP: Be party of solutions, not shutdowns

West Valley City adopts moratorium on rezoning for new housing

Utah researchers in the hunt for Ebola cure

Poll finds firm voter support for Bishop land process

UTA budget would dig $44.5 million into reserves

Romney headlines rally, fundraiser for Mia Love

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Lee has made great strides since fueling the government shutdown

Ute Tribe accuses assistant A.G. of making 'overtly racist' statements

Housing lifts people out of homelessness, but challenges are ongoing

UTA says it won't increase fares next year, but will expand holiday service

Group works to 'take the poverty out of people'

Utah's higher education 'bucking national trend' of lower enrollment

Mitt Romney holds campaign rally for Mia Love


Important decisions await Utah Valley voters (Daily Herald)

Mitt Romney headlines Utah rally for Mia Love (Daily Herald)

Hispanic Heritage group promotes Hill ties (Standard-Examiner)

Bark beetle impacts to local communities and properties (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Poll: Most see Obama as a failure (The Hill)

Jimmy Carter: President Obama blew it on ISIL (Politico)

Kansas debate all about Harry Reid (Politico)

President Obama's executive action plan falls short (Politico)

White House dismisses Carter criticism (The Hill)

Poll shows NC Senate race tightening (The Hill)

US Ebola patient dies (The Hill)

In Debate, VA Senate Candidates Jostle Over Bipartisan Cred (NBC News)

Airbnb Gets Off Easy in San Francisco. Hosts? Not So Much (Bloomberg)

FBI spy tool up in the air in federal appeals court (Mercury News)

Californians make big cuts in water usage, report says (Los Angeles Times)

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