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Friday, August 1, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - August 1, 2014

Mia Love fundraising off a poll by her opponent. No effort to draft Mitt Romney for 2016. Lawsuit filed over Utah's adoption of Common Core.


  • 95 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 178 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 459 days until the 2015 elections
  • 535 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 830 days until the 2016 presidential election

Friday's top news stories:

  • Republican Mia Love is using an internal poll from her Democratic opponent, Doug Owens, to boost her own fundraising [Tribune].
  • An effort to draft Mitt Romney for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination is on hold amid worries it might hurt Republican candidates during the 2014 midterm elections [Deseret News].
  • The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, along with federal lawyers, are arguing the state waited too long to file suit over roads across public lands [Tribune].
  • Sen. David Hinkins says the state needs to scrutinize plans to expand Salt Lake International Airport and its impact onair quality [Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert names 14 candidates for the seven state school board slots up for election in November [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A libertarian group files suit over the state's adoption of Common Core academic standards [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is joining forces with the Utah YWCA to fight domestic violence [KSL].
  • The Utah Transit Authority is considering switching to distance-based fares [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1790 - The first U.S. census was completed, showing a population of nearly 4 million people.
  • 1786 - Colorado was admitted to the union as the 38th state.
  • 1981 - The music video channel MTV made its debut. The first video shown was Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.
  • 1988 - Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh began broadcasting his nationally syndicated radio program.

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Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #198
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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Weekly Survey: Does Doug Owens Have a Shot at Beating Mia Love?
An internal poll from the Doug Owens campaign this week showed the Democrat just 9 points behind Republican Mia Love in Utah's 4th Congressional District. Do you think Owens has a legitimate shot at beating the heavily favored Republican come November, or is the poll way off...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Fix Utah's 'broken windows,' or we'll see more scandal

UTA offers transit service in Morgan; residents say, we don't need it

Gov. Gary Herbert selects Utah state school board candidates

Libertarian group sues Utah over Common Core

Judge tosses all but one fraud charge against former Provo official

Mia Love's campaign uses Owens poll for its own fundraising

Is Utah's demand for routes over federal land too late?

UTA: Flat fare no longer fair?

Deseret News

Greg Bell: Legitimate, productive businesses are America's golden goose

Natalie Gochnour: Involve Utahns in national monument designations

Editorial: Paul Ryan's promising anti-poverty plan should be welcomed to world stage

Linda & Richard Eyre: Utah's interesting, divided society

Governor selects final candidates for State School Board

Lawsuit claims State School Board violated law by adopting Common Core

Lawmaker questions Salt Lake City International Airport project's impact on air quality

Salt Lake County spreading the word about underutilized tax relief programs

No national launch for Draft Mitt effort


Court dismisses all but one charge against Steve Turley (Daily Herald)

Pols try to get tech savvy (Standard-Examiner)

Bishop proposes fee reform on public lands (Standard-Examiner)

Lawsuit filed against Utah State Board of Education over Common Core (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

House votes to sue Obama (Politico)

GOP poll puts Brian Sandoval ahead of Harry Reid (Politico)

Top Dem 'concerned' by Kerry's remarks on Israel (The Hill)

GOP lawmakers launch probe into FCC's waiver for Obama donor (The Hill)

Witness against ex-Va. gov had limits: no Range Rover (USA Today)

Wisconsin Court Upholds Law Curbing Unions' Collective-Bargaining Rights (Wall Street Journal)

Rubio plunges into immigration debate head first (CNN)

Eric Cantor says goodbye as House majority leader (USA Today)

CIA Director Apologizes for Hacking Into Senate Computers (Associated Press)

Next Obamacare enrollment period faces bumps: U.S. official (Reuters)

Bill de Blasio backs Andrew Cuomo through allegations of interfering with Moreland anti-corruption commission (New York Daily News)

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