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Monday, August 11, 2014

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Ten Things You Need To Know About Utah Politics - August 11, 2014

Poll gives Love a lead over Owens, but she would trail Matheson. Businessman with ties to John Swallow facing federal charges. Utah renews NCLB waiver.


  • 85 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 168 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 449 days until the 2015 elections
  • 525 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 820 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday's top headlines:

  • A new poll gives Republican Mia Love a big lead over Democrat Doug Owens, but she would trail retiring Rep. Jim Matheson [Utah Policy].
  • Robert Montgomery, a businessman with ties to former Attorney General John Swallow, is in jail facing possible federal charges [Tribune].
  • Utah's #2 ranking education official, Deputy Superintendent Brenda Hales, resigned abruptly last week [Tribune].
  • The State School Board unanimously votes to request an extension of Utah's waiver from No Child Left Behind [Deseret News].
  • How big of an impact will John Valentine's departure from the Legislature have on Utah's liquor laws? [Deseret News]
  • A Democratic legislative candidate's name is causing some confusion among voters [Tribune].
  • Today marks 15 years since a tornado ripped through downtown Salt Lake City [Deseret News].
  • The Granite School Board approves a small tax hike [Tribune].
  • A group of Draper residents are launching an effort to repeal a tax hike [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox face off in a demolition derby [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1934 - The first federal prisoners arrived at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay.
  • 1965 - Deadly rioting broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.
  • 2000 - Pat Buchanan won the Reform Party presidential nomination.
  • 2006 - The Transportation Security Administration banned all liquids, gels and aerosols from passenger cabins on airliners one day after a thwarted terrorist attack.

Today At Utah Policy

Love Leads Owens By 12-Points, Would Trail Matheson
Doug Owens (D) and Mia Love (R)Republican Mia Love has a double-digit lead over Democrat Doug Owens in Utah's 4th Congressional District....

American Households Haven't Recovered from the Great Recession
A new Federal Reserve survey finds more Americans say their finances are worse off following the great recession....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Valentine's Day
And so as the sun sinks slowly in the West, we say goodbye to one of the longest serving Utah lawmakers as Sen. John Valentine waves a fond farewell....

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Will Lawmakers Hike Taxes?
Some GOP lawmakers are quietly discussing a possible tax hike to pay for transportation needs. Our "Political Insiders" and readers think that could bea distinct possibility....

USTAR Investigator Receives NSF CAREER Award
Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative researcher Miriah Myer has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her proposal, "Design Decision Patterns for Visualizing Multivariate Graphs," a series of visual data displays that involve more than one va...

How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions in Toxic Debt
In November 1998, attorneys general from across the country sealed a historic deal with the tobacco industry to pay for the health care costs of smoking. Going forward, nearly every cigarette sold would provide money to the states, territories and other governments involved ...

Management Changes at Regional CPA Firm
Steven R. Smith, CPA has been elected Managing Partner of Wisan, Smith, Racker & Prescott, LLP. Steve took over the day to day management of the firm effective August 4th....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #199
John Valentine is leaving the Senate and President Obama is probably going to name a new national monument in Utah.Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week in Utah politics....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: S.L. County recorder has led way on innovation, efficiency

Op-ed: It's time to act on Herbert's Healthy Utah Plan

Editorial: Utah high court needs religious diversity

Editorial: Salt Lake should accept Uber and Lyft

Salt Lake slaps rideshare drivers with $6,500 fines

Paul Rolly: Government messes up and Utah driver pays the price

Host of Swallow fundraiser jailed, awaits possible federal charges

Hundreds ask UTA for more late-night service

Residents of Draper community push tax-repeal ballot effort

Utah's No. 2 education official abruptly resigns

When Utah politicians collide, charities benefit

What's this? Utah Democrats are pushing for Mike Lee?

Deseret News

Op-ed: Why district attorneys are prosecuting state officials

Bishop John C. Wester: Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act does not match up with Utah ideals

Editorial: Catholic schools provide a unique option in Utah's vibrant educational landscape

Editorial: 40 years after the resignation of President Nixon, impeachment should not be a political ploy

Looking ahead: What will legislator Valentine's departure mean for alcohol laws?

Video showcases Moab land planning process

State School Board approves extension of NCLB waiver


Editorial: Romney's revival (Standard-Examiner)

State board renews NCLB waiver despite outcry (Standard-Examiner)

Farmington wants answers on corridor proposal (Standard-Examiner)

Mass transit needs studied in Layton, Clearfield (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Feinstein squares off with Obama (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton takes on Obama (Politico)

Pollsters: 'Everything is terrible' (Politico)

Obama has 'no vision' in Iraq, Graham says (The Hill)

McCain: Iraq airstrikes 'clearly ineffective' (The Hill)

Hawaii gov ousted in Dem primary, Senate race too close to call (FOX News)

Crist opponents question his political conversion (Associated Press)

Republican Candidates Cast Early Focus on Iowa (NBC News)

New VA secretary touts fixes to veterans group (AirForceTimes)

What global turmoil? U.S. stocks up 1% (CNNMoney)

California drought: Lawmakers consider historic rules to limit groundwater pumping (Mercury News)

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