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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 29, 2014

Poll shows the Love/Owens race could be closer than many thought. Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is struck down by a federal court. The Salt Lake City Council considers a new streetcar line.


Tuesday's top news stories:

  • A new internal poll from the Doug Owens campaign shows the Democrat closer to Republican Mia Love than many thought [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A federal court strikes down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage [Washington Post].
  • Democrats are fundraising like crazy off of Republican threats to impeach President Obama [Politico].
  • The political fight forthe future of the Utah State Fairpark could be intense [Utah Policy].
  • The Salt Lake City Council is set to consider a new streetcar line downtown with an estimated cost of $100 to $200 million [Tribune].
  • Rocky Mountain Power argues customers who have solar panels on their homes don't help ease the burden on existing power plants [Tribune].
  • The Utah Transit Authority is eyeing new electric buses [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Jordan School board approves a deal to keep cities from splitting off and forming their own school districts [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1588 - The English defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines.
  • 1914 - Transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco.
  • 1958 - President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill creating NASA.
  • 1981 - Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
  • 2008 - Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska was indicted on seven felony counts of concealing more than a quarter of a million dollars in gifts he received from a powerful oil contractor. A judge later dismissed the case.

Today At Utah Policy

Politics and the Future of the Utah State Fairpark
An interesting political dynamic will be played out over the next several years, and could bring together some unlikely bedfellows....

NRCC Chairman Predicts Big GOP Pickups in November
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden says his party should pick up 11 seats in November's elections....

Poll: Owens Trails Love by 9 Points
A new internal poll from Doug Owens' campaign obtained by shows the Democrat within striking distance of Republican Mia Love in Utah's 4th Congressional District....

Got $9.95 a Month Burning a Hole in Your Pocket? Sign up for the Sarah Palin Channel!
Former Vice Presidential candidate and half-term Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is launching her own online news source....

2014 Election Race Ratings: Utah House (Updated 7/27/2014)
Here's our first look at the 2014 races for Utah House. All 75 seats are up for election this year. Our first round of ratings show Utah's Democrats could be on the defensive this year....

Featured Items

France's Highest Distinction to be Awarded to Utah Resident
World War II veteran Dean C. Larson will be awarded with the French Legion of Honor onThursday, July 31 at 3 the Gold Room of the Utah Capitol building for the merit and bravery he exhibited while fighting on French territory during World War II....

NYT Looks at Challenges Facing Tribune
Financial problemsthreatenthe left-leaning Salt Lake Tribune at a time when ideological differences between the Triband its competitor, the MormonChurch-owned Deseret News, have never been more apparent....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Keep or Dump Common Core?
Utahns certainly have strong opinions when it comes to the future of Common Core....

Utah Positioned to Become Leader in Cancer Therapeutics Industry
Cancer therapeutics and drug discovery are vital areas of research and are constantly evolving as we seek to find new methods to cure the disease and develop new treatment options....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Downtown Salt Lake streetcar coming later, but what about now?

Utility experts say solar customers pose a burden

Doug Owens says a poll shows he can beat Mia Love

UTA examining electric bus that recharges in 10 minutes

Jordan school board approves agreement to stop district split

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: Hamas and its financial priorities

Editorial: With Shurtleff and Swallow coming to court, the state must find solutions to restore public trust

Editorial: The long-term outlook for Social Security isn't good, so begin solving problem now

Owens' pollster says new poll shows 'deep vulnerabilities' for Mia Love

Mitt Romney talks pioneers, family tradition in recent post

Navajo Generating Station, West's largest coal-fired plant, on track to close

Trial begins for Salt Lake attorney seeking Oklahoma bombing videos, answers


Poll shows Love leading Owens by 9 points in 4th District race (Daily Herald)

CVTD pulls tax increase from consideration; councilmembers express support (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

House GOP faces big week on border crisis (Politico)

GOP: Border patrol agents handcuffed by wildlife rules (The Hill)

Jobless rate falls; Dems don't rise (The Hill)

Medicare, Social Security head toward insolvency, at slower rate (The Hill)

Analysis: Clinton impeachment shadows GOP lawsuit (Associated Press)

Surveillance Programs Hinder Journalists, Lawyers, Report Says (Wall Street Journal)

Poll: Romney Would Win Re-Match, Lose To Hillary (TRNS)

Deal To Provide $15 Billion in Emergency Funding to Veterans Affairs (Wall Street Journal)

Washington handgun ban unconstitutional, judge rules (Los Angeles Times)

Florida voters back medical marijuana by huge margins; 88% approve use (Florida Times-Union)

Jacob Lew warns failure to quickly limit inversions imperils tax reform (Los Angeles Times)

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