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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - August 26, 2014

Utah fighting a decision that they need to hold a new election in a Millard County Commission race. Utahns don't know what they want out of the state's education system. Utah Debate Commision names moderators.


  • 70 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 153 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 434 days until the 2015 elections
  • 510 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 805 days to the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah officials plan to ask the Utah Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling that Millard County has to hold a new primary election in a County Commission race [Tribune].
  2. A new poll shows Utahns aren't quite sure what they want from the state's education system [Utah Policy].
  3. Salt Lake County is searching for a developer for the convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  4. The Utah Debate Commission names veteran journalists Ken Verdoia and Barbara Smith and BYU political scientist David Magelby as moderators for this fall's political debates [Tribune].
  5. Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder says the Legislature is at fault for passing a law that made them hold a possible undocumented immigrant for 46 days after he posted bail [Tribune].
  6. Park City Mountain Resort and Talisker miss another deadline in the legal fight over whether PCMR will open this upcoming ski season [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Altamont Mayor Clyde Watkins pleads guilty to shoplifting [Deseret News].
  8. Sandy officials are set to vote Tuesday night to repeal an ordinance prohibiting the carrying of guns in public [Tribune].
  9. Utahns expected to hit the road during the upcoming Labor Day weekend despite high fuel costs [Tribune].
  10. "Breaking Bad" wins five Emmy awards [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1920 - The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote, went into effect.
  • 1957 - The Soviet Union announced that it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missle.
  • 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: There's No Way to Make Everyone Happy When it Comes to Education in Utah
Utahns want public schools to prepare students for college, but they're not sure how best to get there....

Lawsuit Against Obama Could Carry a Hefty Price Tag
If House Republicans go forward with their threat to sue President Barack Obama, the pricetag is expected to cost somewhere around $350,000....

GOP, Democrats Turning to Data Ahead of 2014 Midterms
Big data is here to stay in politics....

Money Talks in Politics, and That's Why People Hate It
Why do Americans hate politics so much? It's the money....

Utahns Need to Go Back to School About Common Core
Most Utahns clearly don’t understand where the public school student-testing program Common Core comes from, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Poll: Utahns Mixed on Support for Common Core Standards, Most Don't Understand Them
A plurality of Utahns don't support the Common Core Standards, but most don't know what they are in the first place....

Featured Items

Utah Legislature Continues to Lead Online
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Utah's Aerospace and Defense Cluster Shaped by Strong Companies, Deep Talent Pool
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Global Banking Expert Mitigates Utah's Financial Risk Concerns About Exporting
With more than 30 years of banking experience, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer Connor Duffey of Wells Fargo Global Banking will address attendees at this September’s Utah Global Forum....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah should never take a polluter's word for anything

Utah Debate Commission names moderators

Advocates argue wildlife permits threaten Utah prairie dog

Sandy to vote on throwing out gun laws

P.C. Mountain Resort and Talisker miss another deadline

Utah's least chub no longer considered for protection

Utah takes 'highly flawed election' dispute to state Supreme Court

Utahns oppose Common Core but don't know what it is, poll says

Sheriff says Legislature to blame for Utah immigration pickle

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Same-sex marriage survey results raise questions

Lois M. Collins: School start times are designed for everything but the kids we're trying to educate

Editorial: UTA to reconnect?

New line powers growth, dependability and public safety in Beaver County

Altamont mayor enters guilty plea in shoplifting incident

Park City Mountain Resort and Talisker extend mediation deadline for second time

New poll shows many Utahns oppose and misunderstand Common Core

Rep. Stewart seeking to demilitarize federal regulatory agencies


Taxpayers group offers to help UTOPIA with survey (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Local, state Democrats go rogue (Politico)

Secrets of the Clinton Library (Politico)

Barack Obama's long walks spoiled (Politico)

Syrian rebels warn Obama against airstrikes (The Hill)

Clinton alum joins Perry legal team (The Hill)

Bernie Sanders headed to Iowa (The Hill)

As Obama returns, advocates look for executive action (The Hill)

James Foley's beheading may have been staged after his death: expert (New York Daily News)

Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks (Associated Press)

Gov. Quinn vetoes ridesharing bills, says local governments best to regulate new industry (Associated Press)

Judge lifts federal oversight of Detroit police (Detroit Free Press)

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