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Monday, November 3, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - November 3, 2014

Tuesday shaping up to be a good one for Republicans. 'Tis the season for dirty political tricks. Opposition building to possible new sites for the Utah State Prison.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 1
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 84
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 129
  • Days to the 2015 election - 365
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 441
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 736

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. New national polls show Republicans are set to have a very good night when election returns come in Tuesday [CNN].
  2. The final days of an election season mean dirty tricks abound [Utah Policy].
  3. Here's why we think Mia Love might win Tuesday [Utah Policy]. Here's why we think Doug Owens might win Tuesday [Utah Policy].
  4. Republican candidates in Davis County are raising campaign cash hand over fist compared to their Democratic opponents [Standard-Examiner].
  5. The Alpine School District elections are taking on a nasty character [Daily Herald].
  6. A judge postpones a preliminary hearing in the criminal case against former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Some of the possible new sites for the Utah State Prison are already generating opposition even though they haven't been officially announced yet [Deseret News].
  8. A police group is taking Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill to task because a suspect in the shooting of an elderly man was released from jail pending investigation [Tribune].
  9. David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, speaks in Salt Lake City on the future of journalism in the digital age [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  10. Both sides in a lawsuit over a 2011 Utah law to crack down on immigration appear close to an agreement [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1911 - The Chevrolet Motor Car Co. was founded in Detroit.
  • 1957 - The Soviet Union launched into orbit Sputnik 2 with a dog named "Laika" on board.
  • 1986 - A Lebanese magazine broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran, a revelation that escalated into the Iran-Contra affair.
  • 2005 - Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, pleaded not guilty to a five-count felony indictment in the CIA leak case.

Today At Utah Policy

Why Mia Love Will Win on Tuesday
768. That number has haunted Mia Love since 2012 when she lost to Jim Matheson by that many votes. Here are some reasons why that won't happen again this year....

Why Doug Owens Will Win on Tuesday
Democrats are hoping beyond hope that Doug Owens can pull off the upset over Republican Mia Love on Tuesday. Here are some reasons why that could happen....

Dirty Political Tricks Abound in the Final Days of the 2014 Campaign
You gotta love the final days before an election when both sides start throwing around accusations of dirty politics....

David Axelrod on Media and Politics
Journalism is facing unprecedented challenges while, at the same time, embracing amazing opportunities. That’s the message from veteran journalist and campaign guru David Axelrod....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: I've got 94 Predictions, but an Owens Win Ain't One
There are 94 state or federal-level offices up for election on Tuesday....

Exclusive Poll: Love 48%, Owens 43%
The race between Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens is closing in the final days before November's election....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Running Out of Time
Fourth Congressional District Democrat Doug Owens goes into Tuesday’s Election Day 5 percentage points down to Republican Mia Love.That’s the hard line results of the latest UtahPolicy poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates.That’s good news ...

Video: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #211
It's less than a week to the elections. Is the Mia Love vs. Doug Owens race a squeaker or a blowout? Depends on who you ask....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #211
It's less than a week to the elections. Is the Mia Love vs. Doug Owens race a squeaker or a blowout? Depends on who you ask....

Featured Items

A Kansas Group's Push to Oust Judges Reveals a Gap in Campaign Finance Rules
With just three weeks left before the upcoming midterm elections, a group called "Kansans for Justice" surfaced with the aim of persuading voters to oust two of their state Supreme Court justices....

UTA Board Chair and CEO say Jordan Valley Development is Huge Benefit
The action taken by the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees in advancing its second transit-oriented development (TOD) in the City of West Jordan exemplifies our responsiveness to the recommendations contained in a recent legislative audit....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Brad Smith is worth trying as Utah schools head

Op-ed: Utah's proposed constitutional amendments a rush job

Rolly: Utah County rivals Davis for dysfunctional crown

Editorial: Make a deal instead of suing over public lands

Settlement appears close over Utah's 'show your papers' immigration law

Washington Insight: Finally, an Election Day off for Matheson

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: Energy issues go from shortages to surpluses

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Election 2014: What the fallout will say about Utah politics

Op-ed: A teacher's opinion of the SAGE test

Op-ed: Inmates need better mental health treatments

Michael and Jenet Erickson: In marriage debate, don't give up the ideal

John Florez: On Tuesday, elect leaders who unite

Drew Clark: Don't discount the vital role of social and cultural issues to voters

Editorial: What U.S. needs is a clear plan of attack and prevention to deal with Ebola

Editorial: Progress on homelessness: Utah's 'Housing First' earning praises

Potential prison sites in Salt Lake County already generating opposition

County council candidates dispute campaign materials

Group seeks to save Herriman mountain

Doug Robinson: Only in America

What Ogden reveals about the SAGE test, teaching and how students learn


Op-ed: A third time for Romney? (Standard-Examiner)

WinCo moving ahead with building plans in Layton (Standard-Examiner)

Davis GOP candidates rake in donations; Democrats, not so much (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County's 2015 budget includes 2 percent raises (Standard-Examiner)

Basin bond will remain on Nov. 4 ballot (Park Record)

National Headlines

Rand Paul courts the black vote (The Hill)

DNC chair: 'We're going to hold the Senate' (The Hill)

Senate elections 101: In remote Alaska, remotest places could be crucial (Christian Science Monitor)

The Dems and the Avoidable Election Rout (Huffington Post)

Obama Makes Final Campaign Push (Huffington Post)

Colorado's Democratic Drift Seems to Stall (Wall Street Journal)

Across the South, polls show Republicans ahead before Tuesday's elections: Jarvis DeBerry (Times-Picayune)

Romney waves specter of 'amnesty' over 2014 (MSBC)

Wooing African-Americans, GOP lays off Obama attacks in Illinois (Chicago Sun-Times)

Candidates make last minute push before Tuesday's election (KCRA)

Hillary Clinton's populist credibility questioned after Elizabeth Warren mimic (Washington Times)

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