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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday Morning - August 19, 2014

Utahns want lawmakers to pass a statewide non-discrimination law. Utah asks for more time for same-sex marriage appeal. Drones banned in national parks.

Countdown:

  • 77 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 160 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 441 days until the 2015 elections
  • 517 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 812 days to the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday's Top-10 Headlines:

  • A new poll shows Utahns want the Legislature to pass a statewide non-discrimination law that includes sexual preference [Utah Policy].
  • That same poll highlights how some attitudes are changing when it comes to gay rights in Utah [Utah Policy].
  • Utah asks for more time to file an appeal in a case that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Some of those reportedly high salaries for UTA executives are actually higher than previously thought [Tribune].
  • Police are investigating three incidents where airplanes landing at Salt Lake City International Airport had laser pointers shined at their cockpits [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Officials ban drones in Arches and Canyonlands parks and the Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments [Tribune].
  • More than 80% of voters say members of Congress don't deserve to be re-elected [The Hill].
  • Utah's new testing system for students shows that less than half of students in the state are proficient in core subjects [Tribune].
  • A member of the state school board is calling for an independent investigation into alleged misuse of power by other board members [Tribune].
  • Is the BYU Bookstore selling greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriage [Provo Buzz].

On this day in history:

  • 1934 - A plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler as Fuhrer.
  • 1976 - President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's national convention in Kansas City.
  • 2004 - Internet search engine Google went public.
  • 2010 - The last American combat brigade exited Iraq, seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion began.


Today At Utah Policy

Support Building for Statewide Non-Discrimination Law
Utahns are remaining steady in their support of a statewide law banning discrimination in housing and employment for gays and lesbians, a new Zions Bank/UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

Poll: Utahns Want Legislature to Pass Statewide Non-Discrimination Law
Even though they remain solidly against same-sex marriage, a majority of Utahns think the Utah Legislature should pass a statewide law banning discrimination against gays and lesbians....

Utah Scores High for Government Data Transparency
A new study puts the Beehive State near the top when it comes to making government data accessible....

Utah Chases North Dakota as Job Creation Engine
Oil-fueled North Dakota and Utah lead the nation in job creation, but Utah's resurgence reflects more broad-based gains, reports the Wall Street Journal....

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....

Featured Items

Utah Still Needs the European Market, and Europe Still Wants Utah Business
The European Union is Utah's largest export market, according to trade.gov. At this September's Utah Global Forum, Managing Director Thomas Schuck of gwSaar will tell Utahns why Europe should continue as an important exporting region for Utah businesses....

Middle Eastern Market is a Place for Successful Growth of Utah Businesses
Many have found business success in the Middle East-including Andreas Roell, co-founder and former chief executive officer of EGM Worldwide-but more is to be found....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Export-Import Bank crucial to Boeing's Utah operations

Editorial: Koerber case leaves unanswered questions

Subcommittee: How and why are Utahns are being sent to prison?

Utah poll: Most oppose gay marriage, think Supreme Court will legalize it

Utah asks for more time to file in same-sex marriage benefits case

Less than half of Utah students proficient, new tests show

Utah state ed board member calls for investigation

UTA pay high? Real numbers are higher yet

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: Socratic observations - Politics are part of the human condition

Fred Ash: Utah's public education system

Editorial: Salt Lake City should welcome innovative ridesharing, not try to over-regulate it

First scores from SAGE testing expected to show drop in proficiency

State asks for more time to file appeal in gay marriage recognition case

Poll: Utahns willing to fight for Amendment 3, believe victory unlikely

Other

Editorial: Corridor decision delayed (Standard-Examiner)

Provo mayor gets ticket after river run (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

The Age of Incumbency (Politico)

Poll: 4 in 5 say most lawmakers deserve boot (The Hill)

Sens. McCain, Graham 'applaud' Obama for airstrikes to retake dam (The Hill)

Obama's break from vacation: How unusual is that? (Christian Science Monitor)

Could Rick Perry benefit from indictment? (Christian Science Monitor)

U.S. Designates Islamic State Spokesman, Algerian-Born Fighter as Terrorists (Wall Street Journal)

Hillary Clinton to return to Iowa next month (CBS News)

Defense testimony starts in corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor, wife (Reuters)

Underdogs seek late surge in 3-way GOP Senate race to take on vulnerable Alaska Dem (FOX News)

Biden swears in HUD Secretary Julian Castro (USA Today)

Jackson Hole Summer Camp for Central Bankers (Reuters)





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