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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - November 4, 2014

It's Election Day! Go Vote!

What to watch for in tonight's election returns. Voter turnout in Utah will again be disappointing.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 83
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 128
  • Days to the 2015 election - 364
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 440
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 735

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Here's what to watch for nationally in Tuesday's midterm elections [New York Times].
  2. There are a number of Utah legislative races you should pay attention to on election day [Utah Policy].
  3. Turnout at the polls for the 2014 midterms will struggle to top 40% in Utah [Utah Policy].
  4. A lot of Utahns have already voted, but campaigning continues all the way to the end [Deseret News].
  5. Some voters who use Utah's vote-by-mail program are worried about ballot security [KSL].
  6. It could be weeks or even months before we know which party will control the Senate after tonight's elections [Politico].
  7. Salt Lake Chamber President Lane Beattie defends Utah's tax incentive program as economic development fuel [Deseret News].
  8. A group of environmentalists have filed suit to force the state to take action on a pollution permit for Salt Lake's largest oil refinery [Tribune].
  9. Cottonwood Heights begins construction on a new City Hall [Tribune].
  10. The town of Myton fires its police chief after three women claim he was stalking them [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1922 - The entrance to King Tutankhamen's tomb was discovered in Egypt.
  • 1924 - Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected the nation's first woman governor.
  • 1979 - The Iranian hostage crisis began as militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
  • 2008 - Democrat Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States.
  • 2008 - California voters approved Proposition 8 which outlawed same-sex marriage

Today At Utah Policy

Utah Turnout Will Be Disappointing Again in 2014
Are you going to vote this year?...

Facebook Messed with Voter Turnout in 2012
On election day you may see posts on Facebook from your friends saying they voted. Turns out you're part of a big experiment by the social media site....

Races Worth Watching on Election Day
Republicans won’t lose their supermajority status on Utah’s Capitol Hill following Tuesday’s elections. But there are a few legislative races worth a little extra attention as the election returns come in....

Utah Bucks the National Trend in Gubernatorial Elections
Utah is one of only 5 states since 1900 to elect a governor of the same party as the sitting president at least 60% of the time....

Secret Donors Behind Some Super PACs Funneling Millions into Midterms
In the final weeks before this year's elections, a super PAC called Key Questions, Key Answers started buying TV ads across Pennsylvania attacking Tom Wolf, the Democratic candidate for governor....

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....
Up to $500,000 Available for Social Innovation on November 4
Elections will not be the only contest occurring on Tuesday, as the Community Foundation of Utah hosts its second Social Investors Forum. Eight exceptional nonprofit organizations will pitch their businesses to Venture Philanthropy Utah, a panel of qualified invest...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Little Sahara could be a money pit for Utah

A breakdown of key Utah election races

Kirby: Finding the least dangerous candidate

Deseret News

Lane Beattie: Incentives are octane fuel to Utah's economic engine

Editorial: ACA after first year - positive steps but a work in progress

STEM expo introduces college and career opportunities for high schoolers

Many Utahns have already voted before Election Day, but campaigning ongoing until polls close


Coming Down the Pike: Elections, RAP tax, and the dance ordinance (SU Independent)

Lifeline or pipe dream? Commission candidates split on $1 billion Lake Powell Pipeline (SU Independent)

Serving as a couple, serving the voters (Daily Herald)

Doug Gibson: Most of the election fun will be in U.S. Senate races (Standard-Examiner)

TOP 10: Clinton voted a top conservative community in the US (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden eyes FrontRunner platform in the BDO (Standard-Examiner)

Despite early voting, mail ballots, election day still significant (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Senate battle could go overtime (Politico)

Pundits make their 2014 picks (The Hill)

Angry Voters and Piles of Money Put Control of Senate in Play (New York Times)

Four Big Trends to Watch on Election Night (NBC News)

Sullen Voters Set to Deliver Another Demand for Change (Wall Street Journal)

More attention to right-to-death debate after Maynard's death (USA Today)

Senate elections 101: The big Kansas issue Pat Roberts isn't talking about (Christian Science Monitor)

Fired CDC security guard says he was unjustly let go after Obama incident (CNN)

Shaheen, Brown in Final Stretch of New Hampshire Senate Contest (NECN)

Public Policy Polling: Ernst 48-45 over Braley (Des Moines Register)

Political establishment taking notice of Latino vote (MSNBC)

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Wise Words

Get Out and Vote
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Lighter Side

Smart Diplomacy
"Next month Joe Biden is scheduled to make stops in Turkey, Ukraine, and Morocco to discuss foreign policy issues - while his advisers are learning how to say 'We're sorry' in all three languages." Jimmy FallonPolitical Humor

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