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Thursday, November 13, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - November 13, 2014

Proposal floated to reduce penalty for drug possession in Utah. Love makes staff appointments. Lee gets another 2016 endorsement.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 74
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 119
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 271
  • Days to the 2015 election - 355
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 431
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 726

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice released a series of proposed reforms which includes making drug possession a misdemeanor [Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. Rep. Nancy Pelosi says the Republican wins on election night were not a wave [Politico].
  3. Mia Love wastes little time building her staff [Utah Policy, Daily Herald].
  4. The Club for Growth endorses Sen. Mike Lee's 2016 re-election bid [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah's voter turnout for the 2014 midterms was a dismal 29% according to a new analysis [Utah Data Points].
  6. Utah officials decry a federal decision to list the Gunnison sage grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A space probe lands on a comet hurtling through space [CNN].
  8. A new report says it will take multiple generations to get children out of poverty [Tribune].
  9. Transportation officials are looking at an alternative to the proposed West Davis Corridor freeway that uses existing roads instead of building a new highway [Tribune].
  10. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank says he would support restrictions on who can obtain certain types of firearms [KSL].

On this day in history:

  • 1956 - The Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses.
  • 1982 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 1998 - President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
  • 2001 - Afghanistan's ruling Taliban abanonded the capital of Kabul allowing U.S.-backed northern alliance fighters to take over the city.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah parole board's power warrants greater transparency

Editorial: Utahns want a shot of logic with their alcohol laws

National report: Getting children out of poverty requires a two-generation approach

Feds list Gunnison sage grouse as 'threatened' under Endangered Species Act

Poll: Utah's quirky liquor laws seen as hurting tourism, busines

Utah high schools, higher education encourage students to apply to college

West Davis alternative would ditch the highway

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Will Obama's final 2 years be fracturing relationships or healing them?

Op-ed: Funding highways should be priority

Op-ed: Utahns should sue to repeal SB54

Editorial: Crash and learn? Progress requires pioneers who improve

Utah wildlife officials, Bishop bemoan federal action on Gunnison sage grouse

Two-generation approach holds promise in overcoming poverty, community partners say

Utah liquor laws hurt economic development, tourism, new poll shows

Why Utah is the next Silicon Valley

Want to go to college? Top educators discuss solutions for first-generation students


Mia Love's new chief of staff has no ties to Utah (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Voter stupidity remark gives GOP new ammo on ObamaCare (The Hill)

Reid shakes down Dems to help Landrieu (Politico)

The liberal media's not ready for Hillary (Politico)

Hugs, not tears, as Dems lick their wounds (The Hill)

Report: Obama immigration plan expected next week (The Hill)

Mike Huckabee gets suddenly presidential (Washington Times)

Keystone on the move in Congress (Politico)

No Muslim holiday on Montgomery County school calendar isn't fair or 'PC' (Washington Post)

Supreme Court Considers Voting-Rights Case (Wall Street Journal)

Aides say Christie won't resign early if he runs in '16 (USA Today)

NOAA Confirms Cyberattack 'in Recent Weeks' (NBC News)

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