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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - November 12, 2014

Utahns think the state's liquor laws hurt economic development. U.S. and China sign an agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. Violent crime is on the rise in Utah.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 75
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 120
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 272
  • Days to the 2015 election - 356
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 432
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 727

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A solid majority of Utahns think the state's liquor laws hurt economic development and tourism [Utah Policy].
  2. The United States and China announce an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions [USA Today].
  3. A survey from Envison Utah finds the top priorities for Utahns are water, education and air quality [Deseret News].
  4. New numbers from the FBI find violent crime is on the rise in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Davis County officials say allowing voters to cast ballots by mail boosted numbers on election day [Deseret News].
  6. The plaintiffs in a case seeking spousal benefits for same-sex couples in Utah want the state to pay nearly $200,000 in legal fees [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Health insurance premiums for Utahns using the federal health exchanges through the Affordable Care Act are rising by nearly 6-percent on average [Tribune].
  8. Gasoline prices in Utah drop, but are still among the most expensive in the nation [Deseret News].
  9. Federal prosecutors are raising questions about whether a San Juan County Commissioner who led a public lands protest in Recapture Canyon is financially eliglble for a public defender [Tribune].
  10. Salt Lake County officials plan to hold public meetings to help shape the County's plan for parks and recreation [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1927 - Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
  • 1942 - The World War II battle of Guadalcanal began.
  • 1954 - Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.

Today At Utah Policy

Exclusive Poll: Do Utah's Liquor Laws Hurt Tourism and Economic Development?
A solid majority of Utahns say the state's liquor laws hurt economic development and tourism in the state....

Video: Polling Shows Utahns Think Liquor Laws Harm Tourism and Economic Development
A majority of Utahns want to get rid of the "Zion Curtain" in restaurants that serve alcohol. Also, they think Utah's liquor laws hurt tourism and economic development.  Managing Editor Bryan Schott runs down our latest set of polling....

Weekly Survey: A Republican Controlled Congress
Now that Republicans will control Congress come next year, what can we expect? Will they be able to make progress on big issues like immigration, or will there be more gridlock? Vote now in our weekly survey....

What to Expect From an Orrin Hatch-Led Finance Committee
Sen. Orrin Hatch will take control of the Senate Finance Committee when the new Congress is sworn in next year. What can we expect when he takes the gavel?...

Restrictive Voter Registration Laws May Have Affected Elections
It looks like a number of voter ID and registration requirements may have tipped a number of elections across the country on election day....

The Next Electoral Battleground Will be in the Digital Space
In 2016, millions of voters will register to cast ballots using their mobile devices....

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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: We need Utahns' hearts, not just minds, to improve the air

Editorial: A big voice for net neutrality

Dems re-elect Davis as Senate minority leader

Feds raise doubts about Utah canyon protest leader getting court-appointed attorney

Utahns want to tear down Zion Curtain, poll says

Utahns brace for Obamacare enrollment, year 2

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Why did most people not vote last week?

Richard Davis: Are Democrats in trouble for 2016?

Editorial: Investing in education

Utah Senate Democrats elect leaders

Disrupting cycles of poverty requires 2-generation approach, group says

Utahns divided on privatizing alcohol sales, poll shows

Davis County officials praise voter engagement through mail-in ballots

Florida group targets 'Healthy Utah' Medicaid expansion alternative

Students learn how a STEM education can lead to fun careers

Water, education, air quality top priorities for Utahns


Sen. Hillyard speaks to County Council about road funding options (Logan Herald Journal)

Utah residents oppose Zion curtain laws, new poll reveals (SU Independent)

National Headlines

Meet the Mild-Mannered Investment Advisor Who's Humiliating the Administration Over Obamacare (Bloomberg)

Red-state Democrats rise in Senate (Politico)

Jeb Bush's Greatest Weakness (Politico)

Dems unlikely to ram through Obama's attorney general pick (The Hill)

Five new obstacles for ObamaCare (The Hill)

Fire Valerie Jarrett (Politico)

Moderates look to wield clout in GOP-led Senate (Associated Press)

As Ferguson grand jury ruling looms, both sides prepare for unrest (Los Angeles Times)

George W. Bush 'wanted Dad to be alive' to read biography (CNN)

States Race to Improve Health Exchanges as Open Enrollment Nears (New York Times)

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