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Monday, November 10, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - November 10, 2014

62% of Utahns want to get rid of the "Zion Curtain." Supreme Court agrees to hear another challenge to Obamacare. Utah's voter turnout hits an historic low.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 77
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 122
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 274
  • Days to the 2015 election - 358
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 434
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 729

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll shows 62% of Utahns want to get rid of the so-called "Zion Curtain" in restaurants that serve alcohol [Utah Policy].
  2. The Supreme Court agrees to hear a case challenging whether the government can provide tax credits to consumers using the federally-run Obamacare healthcare exchanges [Huffington Post].
  3. President Obama announces he has tapped federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as his nominee for Attorney General. If confirmed she would be the first black woman to hold the position [New York Times].
  4. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz are in line for some plum and powerful assignments in the next Congress [Associated Press].
  5. Utah's voter turnout hits an anemic 40% this year, which is the lowest since 1960 [KSL].
  6. A federal court upholds same-sex marriage bans in four states. What does that mean for Utah? [Deseret News].
  7. Enrollment in Utah's charter schools is booming [Deseret News].
  8. Brad Smith assumes the helm as Utahs new state superintendent [Tribune].
  9. Charges have been dropped against one of the defendants who participated in a protest against federal control of public lands [Tribune].
  10. The Salt Lake County Health Department wants to fine those who use woodburing stoves on voluntary no-burn days [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 - The U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress.
  • 1871 - Journalist Henry Stanley found missing missionary David Livingstone in central Africa and delivered his famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
  • 1975 - The ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm in Lake Superior.
  • 1982 - Soveit leader Leonid Brezhnev died at age 75.

Today At Utah Policy

Exclusive Poll: 62% of Utahns Want to Get Rid of the 'Zion Curtain'
By a nearly 2-1 margin, Utahns want to get rid of the so-called "Zion Curtain."...

Democrats Did a 'Piss Poor' Job of Messaging in 2014
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Ed Rendell says his party did a "piss-poor job" of getting their message out in the 2014 midterms....

Men and Older Voters Fueled GOP Victory
An analysis of exit polls from last week's midterms showed male and older voters drove the GOP to big wins....

Lee Wants to Delay AG Nomination Until After Lame-Duck Session
Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz say they want to delay any action on Loretta Lynch's nomination as Attorney General until after the new Congress is sworn in next year....

Florida-Based Group Launches Campaign Against 'Healthy Utah' Plan
The fight over Governor Gary Herbert's "Healthy Utah" alternative to Medicaid expansion is about to heat up....

Hughes Elected Speaker; Niederhauser Wins Another Term as Senate President (Video)
Sometimes the conventional wisdom in politics is way off base....

Leonardo After Hours � Out of Control: Addiction and the Brain
What controls our actions? Is anyone really immune to addiction, and can it ever be eradicated?...

Real Women Run Announces Three Events in 2014-15
Real Women Run is planning three nonpartisan events in coming months to encourage and train Utah women to run for public office.  ...

Utah's Digital Media Industry Ready to Celebrate at Pushbutton 2014
Grow Utah, Zions Bank, and Salt Lake County are just days away from hosting Pushbutton 2014, Utah’s 4th annual premier digital media event. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Will the real Jason Chaffetz please stand up?

Op-ed: World Conference of Families does not spread fear

Op-ed: Election winners must govern for all

Op-ed: If Ebola comes, Utah's health system is prepared

Editorial: More women must run

Mia Love's next challenge: A gridlocked Congress

Mia Love: Utahns care little about race

Timing could be right for a San Rafael Swell state park

Harry Reid not a worthy Mormon? LDS Church, Dems cry foul

New schools superintendent not afraid to be unpopular

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Midterm elections: Christmas came early for politico nerds

Michele Straube: Daggett an example of cooperation in land debate

Henri Sisneros: Salt Lake police chief stresses using as little force as possible

Robert Bennett: Are Republicans now up to 'governing'?

Drew Clark: A vital opportunity for Republicans to act on immigration reform

W. Bradford Wilcox: Marriage is big, unheralded factor in Republican voting patterns

Miles Moretti: Conserving multiple species at once

John Florez: Business must walk the talk on education

Editorial: Citizens still 'airing' their views, desires on air quality

Editorial: Careful consideration of prison sites should include state's current site

Pleasant Grove to explore other options after bond for new fire and police station fails

Utah charter schools see 'explosive' growth

What will the latest same-sex marriage ruling mean for Utah?

Report: Uninsured children in Utah could benefit from Healthy Utah plan


Mail-in ballots a hit? (Logan Herald Journal)

Op-ed: Why I work for Attorney General Sean Reyes (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: The search for election parity (Standard-Examiner)

Farmington, Centerville shun mass transit study (Standard-Examiner)

Smith lobbies state school board for vote of support (Standard-Examiner)

County gets new commissioner, now Davis Chamber needs CEO (Standard-Examiner)

Donna McAleer wins Summit County, loses elsewhere (Park Record)

National Headlines

Supreme Court move comes at challenging time for Obamacare (Politico)

Walker: 'Governors make much better presidents' (Politico)

Obama takes the blame: 'We got beat' (The Hill)

Dem: Obama doesn't have power to deploy more troops (The Hill)

Top 10 worst candidates of 2014 (The Hill)

Governor Scott Walker on possible 2016 presidential bid: 'We'll see what the future holds' (WITI)

George W. Bush weighs in on brother Jeb's political future. Dynasty, anyone? (Christian Science Monitor)

Can Republicans hold on to Senate majority in 2016? (Washington Post)

Loretta Lynch: GOP likely to confirm new Attorney General. But when? (Christian Science Monitor)

Perry talks national issues as he begins six-stop New Hampshire swing (FOX News)

Rauner tells African-American, Hispanic voters he's for all Illinois (Redeye)

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Advice to Mia
"For the first time ever, a black Republican woman has been elected to Congress. President Obama told her, 'You are all set. This country never turns against a black anything.'" Conan O'Brien Political Humor

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