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Monday, August 18, 2014

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Ten Things You Need To Know for Monday - August 18, 2014

Utah's overwhelmingly support the state's appeal of Amendment 3 to the Supreme Court. GOP chairman warns Republican candidates against participating in debates sponsored by a left-wing organization. Sugar House Streetcar not attracting very many riders.


  • 78 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 161 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 442 days until the 2015 elections
  • 518 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 813 days to the 2016 presidential election

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  • A new poll shows nearly 2/3 of Utahns support the state's appeal of Amendment 3 to the Supreme Court [Utah Policy].
  • The internal numbers of that poll suggest same-sex marriage is a toxic political issue for Utahns [Utah Policy].
  • Utah County officials urge the Utah Transportation Commission to consider new freeway projects to accommodate exploding growth [Tribune].
  • The Utah GOP chairman is warning Republican candidates to stay away from debates sponsored by a progressive group [Utah Policy].
  • Utah's jobless rate rises slightly to 3.6 percent [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A judge orders a new GOP primaryin a Millard County Commission race after ruling enough illegal votes casts doubt on the five-vote margin of victory from the original contest [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council is considering an ordinance requiring investigators to analyze every rape kit collected by the Salt Lake City police [Tribune].
  • Utah's Democrats want Sen. John Valentine's replacement to be elected rather than appointed [Daily Herald, Deseret News].
  • The new Sugar House Streetcar is attracting new businesses to the area, but very few riders [Tribune].
  • Gay activist Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer will headline a fundraiser for Democratic Congressional candidate Donna McAleer [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1920 - The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote, was ratified when Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.
  • 1963 - James Merideth became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
  • 1988 - Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle was nominated as George H.W. Bush's running mate during the Republican National Convention in New Orleans.
  • 1991 - Soviet hard-liners launched a coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail Gorbachev.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll Shows Same-Sex Marriage is a Difficult Issue in Utah
Most Utahns remain steadfastly opposed to same sex marriage, a new poll shows, and likely will remain so until one of several things happen:...

Poll: Clear Majority of Utahns Support Amendment 3 Fight
A clear majority of Utahns remain opposed to same-sex marriage while supporting the state appealing the Amendment 3 fight to the Supreme Court....

Republican Chair Calls Proposed Debates a 'Set Up'
Utah Republican Party chairman James Evans is warning his state legislative candidates not to expect fair treatment in a series of proposed debates sponsored by a University of Utah debate society, public radio station KCPW and the Alliance For a Better Utah....

Featured Items

St. George Innovators Win R&D Grant for Medical Device
Witting Innovations, a St. George based mechanical and bio-engineering design firm, has recently been awarded a $150,000 Phase I SBIR grant from the National Institute of Health to work on a device that tests and refines data for a critical surgical monitor....

Utah Job Growth Hits Highest Mark in 2014
Utah's economy is growing at its fastest rate so far in 2014, and the unemployment rate is holding steady, according to figures released by the Department of Workforce Services Friday. The state posted a strong job growth rate of 3.6 percent, adding 45,900 jobs over the past...

Cynosure Group Founder Invests Expertise in Businesses at Utah Global Forum
Founder of new investment firm, The Cynosure Group, and former Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, Randal Quarles, will put his skills to good use when he invests his knowledge and experience in business owners at September's Utah Global Forum....

Utah Global Forum Helps Businesses Export to Mexico
With 95 percent of eligible customers outside of the U.S., the Utah Global Forum will spark an interest in Utah companies who want to reach beyond local borders to Mexican customers....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: A New National Monument in Utah?
President Obama says he's "not done" when it comes to using the Antiquities Act to set aside federal land for protection. Many people think that means he's going to create a new national monument in Utah....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Why we didn't list beardtongues as endangered plants

Rolly: Libertarian candidate uses slain dog as campaign fodder

Editorial: Wolverine decision a victory for good science

Editorial: Salt Lake City's sensible approach to homelessness

Utah's job growth in July was strongest of 2014

Utah County officials: We need more freeways

Judge orders do-over in Millard GOP commission race

Salt Lake County wants to keep inmates from bouncing back to jail

Sugar House Streetcar drawing business, not riders

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Review of questions surrounding 2015 SLC mayoral race

Robert Bennett: Contrary to Krugman, debt outlook looks dim

John Florez: Corporate or public interest, which is it?

Editorial: Obama foreign policy

Editorial: Jordan stays the course

Utah jobless rate at 3.6 percent

Utah police agencies address 'militarization' questions

Democrats want a chance to compete for Valentine seat

Alpine businessman cleared of fraud charges says case against him never should have been filed


Democrats question timing of Valentine's resignation from Senate (Daily Herald)

Provo's poverty growth in top 10 cities in the nation (Daily Herald)

Attorney General to review Cache County tax violations (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Perry: 'I stood up for the rule of law' (Politico)

The Biggest Hypocrite in Congress? (Politico)

Iraq: Five key questions (The Hill)

Rogers: ISIS, al Qaeda competing to be 'premier terrorist organization' (The Hill)

US ramps up air campaign in Iraq (The Hill)

California Democrats in tight races balk at Obama climate talk (The Hill)

Joni Ernst: I was harassed in the military (Politico)

Montana candidate Amanda Curtis touts inexperience (Politico)

Ex-Host David Gregory Praised on 'Meet the Press' (Associated Press)

Obama heading back to DC in rare vacation break (Associated Press)

Vermont schools prepare for Common Core standards (Associated Press)

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