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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - November 11, 2014

Happy Veteran's Day!

Utahns are split over whether the state should privatize liquor sales. The NAACP wants a federal investigation into the shooting of Darrien Hunt by police. Sen. Mike Lee's approval ratings are rebounding.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 76
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 121
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 273
  • Days to the 2015 election - 357
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 433
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 728

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our new poll shows a slight plurality of Utahns want the state to turn liquor sales over to the private sector [Utah Policy].
  2. The NAACP asks the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the shooting of Darrien Hunt by Saratoga Springs police officers [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. President Barack Obama comes out solidly in favor of net neutrality, urging the FCC to treat the Internet like a public utility [Wall Street Journal].
  4. Utah's Democrats in the Senate elect Sen. Gene Davis as minority leader for another term [Utah Policy].
  5. Exit polling from Tuesday finds Sen. Mike Lee's approval ratings are rebounding [Utah Data Points].
  6. This is embarrassing - the Democratic candidate in one Utah House race finished behind a third-party candidate on Tuesday [Utah Policy].
  7. A new report says the average payday loan in Utah charges 466% interest, which is down slightly from last year [Tribune].
  8. State education officials are preparing to release individual grades for Utah's public schools [Tribune].
  9. Draper officials are wondering what to do now that residents in the Traverse Ridge/Suncrest community voted to repeal a tax levy for their special service district [Tribune].
  10. Thirteen LGBT activists who are charged with disrupting a legislative meeting during the 2014 session vow to fight the charges [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1620 - Forty-one Pilgrims abord the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a "body politick."
  • 1889 - Washington became the 42nd state.
  • 1918 - Fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany.
  • 2000 - Republicans went to court seeking an order to block manual recounts from continuing in Florida's presidential election.

Today At Utah Policy

Exclusive Poll: Utahns Divided on Whether State Should Privatize Liquor Sales
A slight plurality of Utahns think the state should get out of the liquor business....

Senate Democrats Elect Davis as Minority Leader
Utah's minority party in the Senate once again will be led by veteran Senator Gene Davis....

Lee Unveils Plan to Fix Congress
Sen. Mike Lee continues to establish himself as the primary authorof the legislative agenda of the new-look GOP, offering a 4,200-word essay on how to fix a gridlocked Congress....

The Democrat Finished Behind 3rd Party Candidate in One Utah House District
Well, this is embarrassing. The Democratic candidate in House District 75 finished in third place in last week's midterms....

Tuesday's are the Deadliest Day for Gun Violence in Utah
Turns out Tuesdays are the most likely day for deadly gun violence in Utah....

This is What Wealth Inequality Looks Like in America
Oh hey, this is interesting. New research shows the top 160,000 households in America have as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent of households....

Jon Huntsman Sr. Says the Tea Party has 'Ruined' the GOP
Jon Huntsman Sr. says the Tea Party may doom the Republican party in 2016....

Featured Items

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Brazilian Tourism Seminar Boosts Interest in Utah
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Mia Love gets off to a rocky start with the media

Draper vote on taxes brings budget action

Old foes talking about future of Wasatch skiing

Average Utah payday loan interest rate: 466% a year

Grades for Utah's schools will look a lot like last year's

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: Midterm elections: Let's not celebrate prematurely

Editorial: Time for Senate to act on veteran unemployment with Hire Our Heroes Act

Residents near 21st and 21st prepare to battle proposed zoning changes

Mountain Accord tackles future of Wasatch Mountains

Poll: 62% of Utahns want liquor shields removed


Editorial: No to a 10 percent raise (Standard-Examiner)

Transportation study could change future of Ogden Canyon (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

ObamaCare architect: 'Stupidity' of voters helped bill pass (The Hill)

Cruz warns of 'ObamaCare for Internet' (The Hill)

Obama thrills left with Web fight (The Hill)

U.S. veterans agency to reorganize around customer service (Reuters)

Ethics Panel Extends Probes of Rush, Whitfield (Associated Press)

Judge Calls BP's Appeal 'Not Persuasive,' Won't Oust Claims Administrator After 2-Year Battle (Newsweek)

Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder Agree on These 4 Hot Button Issues (ABC News)

Obamacare opponents seek delay in appeals case (Associated Press)

Officials: NYPD to issue summonses for 25 grams of pot or less (Newsday)

Supreme Court could weigh in on same sex marriage bans by next June (FOX News)

ObamaCare Enrollment Goal Slashed; Premiums To Rise (IBD)

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Wise Words

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Lighter Side

"Republicans also took control of the Senate after gaining another seven seats. I haven't seen the GOP get this many seats since Chris Christie made an airline reservation." Jimmy Fallon Political Humor

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