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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Ten Things You Need To Know for Tuesday Morning - August 12, 2014

Despite being down 12-points to Mia Love, a new poll suggests Dog Owens has a chance of winning his congressional race. Lawsuit targets Swallow, Shurtleff and Bank of America. UTA says it needs more money to expand service.


  • 84 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 167 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 448 days until the 2015 elections
  • 524 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 819 days until the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday's top headlines:

  • A poll showing Mia Love with a 12-point lead over Doug Owens also shows how the Democrat could win that congressional race [Utah Policy].
  • A new lawsuit alleges John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff conspired with Bank of America to head offa foreclosure lawsuit against the bank [Tribune].
  • Utah Transit Authority officials say they need more money in order to expand service for patrons [Tribune].
  • State officials confirm the presence of West Nile Virus in Utah County [Daily Herald].
  • The Alta ski area defends its ban on snowboarders in federal court [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • State deputy superintendent Brenda Hales explains why she abruptly resigned last week [Tribune].
  • A West Jordan employee has filed a lawsuit against the city alleging civil rights violations and negligence [Deseret News].
  • The Florida legislature approves new redistricting maps for a number of that state's congressional districts [The News Tribune].
  • A group of more than 30 U.S. mayors announce their plans to fight income inequality [Albany Times Union].
  • Comedian and actor Robin Williams is dead of an apparent suicide. He was 63 [BBC].

On this day in history:

  • 1624 - Cardinal Richelieu was named chief minister of France by King Louis XIII.
  • 1898 - Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States.
  • 1953 - The Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.
  • 1966 - John Lennon apologized for saying "the Beatles are more popular than Jesus."
  • 1972 - The last American combat troops left Vietnam.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll Shows Owens Needs to Follow Matheson Playbook in Order to Beat Love
Mia Love and Doug Owens (Photo from you are an independent voter or a moderate Republican, Doug Owens wants to talk to you....

Chaffetz Blasts Obama Proposal to 'Normalize' Relations with Libya
Rep. Jason Chaffetz questions the reasoning behindthe White House's new planto repeal a Reagan-era anti-terrorism measure blocking Libyan nationals from receivingaviation maintenance and nuclear sciences training in the U.S....

That's Not Chump Change! Colorado Raking in Taxes from Marijuana Sales
Colorado pulled in more than $6 million in taxes and fees from legal marijuana sales last month....

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....

Featured Items

Delta Announces Plans for Daily Nonstop Service from Salt Lake City to Amsterdam and Mexico City
On May 1, 2015, Delta will begin nonstop operations between Salt Lake City and Amsterdam with five flights per week and then increase to daily operations two weeks later. Photo source: VisitSaltLake.comThe shovels had barely broken the earth for the ground breaking of Salt L...

Governor Herbert Receives Champion of Small Business Award
Thumbtack presented the Champion of Small Business Award to Gov. Gary R. Herbert at the Thumbtack Utah Office on Monday, August 11....

Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used to Snoop on U.S. Computers
Software created by the controversial U.K. based Gamma Group International was used to spy on computers that appear to be located in the United States, the U.K., Germany, Russia, Iran and Bahrain, according to a leaked trove of documents analyzed by ProPublica....

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....

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

Running as a Dem, sounding like a Republican (Politico)

Cuomo's Slow-Mo Disaster (Politico)

A promise on the verge of collapse (Politico)

Golf dominates Obama vacation (The Hill)

Official: Iraq turmoil not an 'intelligence failure' (The Hill)

Does Schatz have edge with remaining Hawaii voters? (The Hill)

Obama seeks Iraq regime change (The Hill)

Denver woman accused of trying to go to Syria to help ISIS plans to plead guilty (New York Daily News)

Zephyr Teachout Will Face Cuomo in Primary (Wall Street Journal)

Florida Senate approves new maps for Congress (Florida Times-Union)

New York City Courts Democratic National Committee (Wall Street Journal)

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