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Monday, August 25, 2014

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Utahns don't know what Common Core is. Lockhart is bidding to become the next Utah state superintendent. Bramble set to head up national organization.


  • 71 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 154 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 435 days until the 2015 elections
  • 511 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 806 days to the 2016 presidential election

Monday's Top-10 Headlines:

  • A new poll shows a plurality of Utahns oppose Common Core, but most don't know what it is [Utah Policy].
  • Gov. Herbert needs to spend more time educating citizens about Common Core [Utah Policy].
  • House Speaker Becky Lockhart confirms she is seeking the state superintendent position [Daily Herald, Deseret News].
  • Lockhart's bid for the top education job is drawing sharp reaction both pro and con [Tribune].
  • Sen. Curt Bramble becomes president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures [Tribune].
  • Here's how Rick Koerber was able to to beat federal charges that he was running a Ponzi scheme [Tribune].
  • An elderly black man alleges racism at a Salt Lake City apartment for the elderly [Tribune].
  • Paul Ryan says he kept his criticism of the government shutdown silent in the interest of party unity [CBS News].
  • Rand Paul claims Democrats are afraid his views on foreign policy has Democrats worried he's going to run for president in 2016 [Politico].
  • Utah police forces are gradually adding body cameras to their equipment [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1916 - The National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior.
  • 1944 - Paris was liberated by Allied forces.
  • 1950 - President Harry Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike.
  • 2009 - Sen. Edward Kennedy died at the age of 77.
  • 2012 - Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died.

Today At Utah Policy

Utahns Need to Go Back to School About Common Core
Most Utahns clearly don’t understand where the public school student-testing program Common Core comes from, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Poll: Utahns Mixed on Support for Common Core Standards, Most Don't Understand Them
A plurality of Utahns don't support the Common Core Standards, but most don't know what they are in the first place....

Stewart: Demilitarize Federal Bureaucrats
The Weekly Standard looks at Rep. Chris Stewart's proposed Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act, which would remedy the problem of overzealous and violent federal enforcement....

Utahns Aren't Big Spenders
Utahns are a frugal lot, but that's because they, on average, don't make a lot of money....

Someone in Congress Can't Stop Making Offensive Edits to Wikipedia
Once again Congressional computers have been blocked from making edits to Wikipedia....

Most Americans Say 'No' on Another Romney Run
Most Americans think the third time won't be the charm for Mitt Romney....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Dabakis Attacks the Messenger, Ignores the Message
We here at UtahPolicy are really excited about our new weekly public opinion surveys, sponsored by Zions Bank and conducted by Utah’s premiere polling expert, Dan Jones of Dan Jones & Associates....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Paul Rolly: Speaker Lockhart changing political alliances

Op-ed: Park City impasse needs resolution before ski season

Op-ed: Export-Import Bank subsidy threatens U.S. airline jobs

Editorial: Sen. Lee right about convention, wrong about rules

Sen. Bramble becomes president-elect of national group

How Rick Koerber beat federal charges alleging a Ponzi scheme

Toxic evaporation ponds in Utah threaten birds, little protection

Utah grapples with toxic water from oil and gas industry

Paul Rolly: School board criticism riles some Utah legislators

It's nail-biting time for Park City and its ski resort

Deseret News

Drew Clark: Rick Perry on clear line between politics and crime

Robert Bennett: WGU helping 'STEM' education slippage

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

John Florez: How safe is your school?

Editorial: To be vigilant, relentless?

Utah Legislature website takes top award at summit

House Speaker Becky Lockhart is running for state superintendent

Depleted uranium: A desert at risk?

UTOPIA mayors looking for alternative method to poll residents

Transit, health care discussions dominate poverty summit

Salt Lake City emerging as go-to destination for geeks


More than 17,000 would receive health care coverage under governor's proposed plan (Daily Herald)

State records office denies records request (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Demilitarize law enforcement (Standard-Examiner)

Herbert's new PIO is an Ogden marketing vet (Standard-Examiner)

Mayor: Layton residents will still have say on UTOPIA (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Rand Paul: Dems afraid I'll run in 2016 (Politico)

Fears mount of ISIS infiltrating America (The Hill)

UK 'close' to identifying ISIS suspect (The Hill)

Republicans demand plan from Obama to counter threat from ISIS (The Hill)

Paul Ryan: I kept quiet during government shutdown for party unity (CBS News)

Point of No Return: Democrats Want Definitive Signal from Hillary Clinton (NBC News)

Voter citizenship issue goes before federal court (Associated Press)

'Retaliation': Unsealed docs show prosecutors' broad search tactics against conservatives (FOX News)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sought help from top GOP donors for allied group (Washington Post)

Central bankers struggling to say no to easy-money policies (Wall Street Journal)

Obama to business: tell your lawmakers to renew Ex-Im Bank (Reuters)

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Wise Words

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Lighter Side

"Missouri Governor Jay Nixon apparently sent the National Guard to Ferguson without letting the White House know first. When he heard he was left out of such an important decision, Obama said, 'Holy crap, I've been Bidened!'" Jimmy Fallon Political Humor