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Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Ten Things You Need To Know for Tuesday Morning - August 14, 2014

Utah Democrats want an election to choose John Valentine's replacement. Sen. Mike Lee urges conservatives to start helping the middle class. The LDS Church is surveying members about the role of women in the Church.


  • 82 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 165 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 446 days until the 2015 elections
  • 522 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 817 days to the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's top headlines:

  • Utah Democrats want Sen. John Valentine to step down in time for his seat to be filled by a general election instead of having his replacement appointed [Fox 13].
  • Salt Lake City officials are grappling with how to deal with rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft [Tribune].
  • The Utah Transit Authority wants to nix a proposed vote to annex Morgan County into its service area [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee delivers an address at the Ronald Reagan Ranch in California urging conservatives to start embracing policies that help the middle class [Deseret News].
  • The West Jordan City Council approved a secret severance package for their city manager who resigned suddenly after a former employee filed a civil rights lawsuit [Tribune].
  • The Utah County Commission is holding off on a decision whether to allow a mine near the south end of Utah Lake to resume production [Daily Herald].
  • The LDS Church is surveying members in the wake of Kate Kelly's excommunication about the role of women in the Church [Tribune].
  • About 4,000 Utahns are being asked to verify their immigration status after purchasing health insurance on the federal healthcare exchange [Tribune].
  • Kaysville residents turn out in droves to oppose a proposed tax hike [Standard-Examiner].
  • Fugitive secret-leaker Edward Snowden says he would "volunteer" to go to prison if it meant he could return to the U.S. [New York Daily News].

On this day in history:

  • 1848 - The Oregon Territory was established.
  • 1935 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.
  • 1945 - President Harry S. Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally ending World War II.
  • 1997 - Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Will suit show bank's role in Shurtleff/Swallow case?

Davis County health board wants to tweak e-cigarette law

Salt Lake City unveils new strategy for Pioneer Park homeless

UTA moves to halt Morgan County annexation vote

Salt Lake City seeks to legalize commercial rideshares like Lyft, Uber

West Jordan approves secret deal for resigned manager

Deseret News

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Editorial: Intervention in Iraq

Sen. Mike Lee announces town hall meetings

New grant money helps combat air pollution

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Sen. Mike Lee doing 'due diligence' on illegal donation claims


Editorial: Amid turmoil, leaders vacation (Standard-Examiner)

Utah E-cig regulator worries about 'liquid marijuana' (Standard-Examiner)

Crowd blasts planned Kaysville tax increase (Standard-Examiner)

Josh Romney, SLC leaders tackle homelessness (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Defense Secretary: 'The World is Exploding All Over' (Weekly Standard)

Hillary Clinton not comfortable in her own skin (Politico)

Clinton promises cease-fire on Obama, for now (Politico)

Hollywood pumps cash to save Senate majority for Democrats (The Hill)

GOP lawmaker wants details on ObamaCare verification plan (The Hill)

Aide: Obama, Clinton relationship resilient (The Hill)

Perry at Camp Swift as guard trains for border mission (My San Antonio)

Senate Democrats Launch $9-Million Ad Buy in North Carolina (TIME)

Former Trek executive wins Wisconsin Dem nomination to face GOP Gov. Walker (FOX News)

Quinn talks about labor at Democratic breakfast (Wichita Eagle)

As Montana Dems look for a Senate nominee, some want Jeff Bridges (CBS News)

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