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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Utah again asks for more time to appeal a federal ruling requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages. Romney would be 2016 GOP frontrunner. Biskupski appears to be getting ready to run for Salt Lake City Mayor.

Countdown:

  • 75 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 158 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 439 days until the 2015 elections
  • 515 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 810 days to the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's Top-10 Headlines:

  • Utah officials reiterate their request for more time to appeal a federal court ruling that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The U.S. Supreme Court puts same-sex marriages in Virginia on hold while state officials appeal a federal judge's ruling [NPR].
  • A new poll shows Mitt Romney would be the immediate GOP frontrunner in 2016 if he decided to run [Tribune].
  • Former State Rep. Jackie Biskupski says a poll of Salt Lake City residents will help her decide whether to run for mayor in 2015 [Utah Policy].
  • Utah Transit Authority officials say free transit passes turned into 25,000 free rides in July [Tribune].
  • The BYU Bookstore yanks same-sex marriage themed greeting cards [Tribune].
  • Provo residents are generally happy about the direction that city is taking [Daily Herald].
  • Demand for rental apartments is at a 13-year high in Salt Lake County [Tribune].
  • The U.S. doctor who contracted the Ebola virus will be released from an Atlanta hospital Thursday morning [NBC News].
  • Rep. Paul Ryan says there won't be another government shutdown in September [Roll Call].

On this day in history:

  • 1858 - The first of seven debates between U.S. Senate candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas took place.
  • 1878 - The American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga, N.Y.
  • 1940 - Exiled Russian Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky was assassinated in Mexico City.
  • 1959 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.
  • 1992 - An 11-day siege began at the cabin of white separatist Randy Weaver in Ruby Ridge, Idaho.


Today At Utah Policy

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Bryan Schott's Political BS: Some Hurts Linger
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Can Park City Survive if its Ski Lifts Stop Running?
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Today's Drought is Making a Bigger Problem for Tomorrow
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GOP Should Dominate Utah for at Least the Next Two Presidential Elections
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah class of 2014 had top scores on ACT

Salt Lake hires California attorney to fight San Diego Comic-Con lawsuit

Utah cities pushed to purge gun rules by national group

Utah reinforces call for more time in same-sex marriage recognition appeal

Deal protects land near Book Cliffs, allows other drilling

Deseret News

Op-ed: Let's reserve costly prison beds for dangerous offenders

Board appointed to oversee school fund

Remote corner of Navajo Nation to get electricity thanks to business deal

Jay Evensen: Is Provo really an impoverished city?

Utah argues for more time to file appeal in gay marriage recognition case

Farm owners fined for refusing to host a wedding - for a lesbian couple

Other

New poll shows Provo residents happy with city's direction (Daily Herald)

Editorial: We need to respect police (Standard-Examiner)

Centerville not interested in seeing UTOPIA on ballot (Standard-Examiner)

Governor chats behind closed doors with Ogden teachers (Standard-Examiner)

Second company shows interest in Utopia (Standard-Examiner)

Special meeting of board of education to address Terryl Warner's concerns (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Obama returns to golf course after condemning ISIS (The Hill)

A bad week for Common Core (Politico)

McConnell's plan to shut down Obama (Politico)

Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source (FOX News)

Same-Sex Marriages On Hold In Virginia After Supreme Court Weighs In (NPR)

A confident Rick Perry hits the road after indictment (CNN)

Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis deadlocked in new poll (Politico)

Republicans see Senate chances bolstered by primary results (Reuters)

Teachout again survives NY residency challenge (Associated Press)

NRA targets former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg with aggressive new ad (New York Daily News)

Uber hires former Obama adviser David Plouffe as senior VP (Associated Press)





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