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Friday, August 22, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - August 22, 2014

Lee attacks government regulations. Lockhart eyeing state school superintendent job. Did Dabakis step over the line?


  • 74 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 157 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 438 days until the 2015 elections
  • 514 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 809 days to the 2016 presidential election

Friday's Top-10 Headlines:

  • Sen. Mike Lee bemoans the amount of government regulations on businesses that could stifle economic growth [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Bill Freeze announces he will run a write-in candidate for Utah County Commissioner after it was revealed the GOP nominee had filed for bankruptcy and copped a deal on a charge of theft [Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • Outgoing Speaker Becky Lockhart is angling to become the next state school superintendent [Tribune].
  • The state school board appoints Joel Coleman as interim state superintendent even though his wife has a pending lawsuit against the State Charter School Board [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Some Utah homeowners may be eligible for paymets through the multi-billion dollar settlement reached with Bank of America [Tribune].
  • South Jordan officials approve a contract to conduct focus groups about the future of the Mulligan's golf course near the Jordan River [Tribune].
  • A group looking to build a nuclear power plant near Green River contracts with Westinghouse to build the reactor for the project [Tribune].
  • Bob Bernick says Sen. Jim Dabakis stepped over the line with some recent criticism of a public opinion poll [Utah Policy].
  • Rep. Paul Ryan says he would love to see Mitt Romney launch another bid for the White House [Fox News].
  • A parody of Salt Lake City tourism highlights the fact that visitors are free to leave any time [The Onion].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 - King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in open rebellion.
  • 1846 - The United States annexed New Mexico.
  • 1972 - President Richard Nixon was nominated for a second term by the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach.
  • 1996 - President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform into law.
  • 2003 - Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from his courthouse.

Today At Utah Policy

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Streetcars vs. buses? Solution is not either/or

Editorial: Fed help is welcome in reducing fatal overdoses

Realtor launches write-in bid for Utah County Commission

Westinghouse to build Utah nuclear plant

Utah Sen. Mike Lee wants Congress to sign off on new federal rules

Despite concerns, school board confirms Utah interim superintendent

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Marijuana acceptance will lead to social costs

A. Scott Anderson: The world needs America to stay engaged

Editorial: Perry indictment a concern

Government regulation has become like 'helicopter parents,' Sen. Mike Lee says

Sen. Mike Lee to hold town hall meeting for military, veterans

Utah claims top ACT scores for second year

State School Board confirms interim superintendent amid concerns of conflict

See which states spend the most, least per pupil on public education


Bill Freeze to run write-in campaign for Utah County Commission (Daily Herald)

Lee calls for less-burdensome regulations at summit (Daily Herald)

Utah's 'Alcatraz Island' proposal (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Immigration reform ignored in key House race (Politico)

Dick Cheney: Magnify James Foley by 'a million' (Politico)

Republican: ISIS developing means to 'blow up' a US city (The Hill)

Top Intel Dem: US should not be 'provoked' in Iraq by Foley slaying (The Hill)

Perry amplifies vow to fight indictment (The Hill)

Gov. Nixon Orders National Guard to Withdraw from Ferguson (NBC News)

Islamic State Sought $132 Million Ransom for Journalist (Voice of America)

Rick Perry calls for more airstikes against Islamic State (USA Today)

Republicans aim to conquer the Last Frontier (Economist)

Pentagon broke law with Bergdahl prisoner swap, government watchdog says (FOX News)

Ex-Virginia Governor Talks About Troubled Marriage (Associated Press)

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