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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - August 27, 2014

Utah gets more time for same-sex marriage appeal. Mero out at Sutherland Institute. Reyes skips out on debate.


  • 69 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 152 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 433 days until the 2015 elections
  • 509 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 804 days to the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday's Top-10 Headlines:

  1. A federal court gives Utah more time to file an appeal in a case that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Paul Mero is ousted as president of the conservative Sutherland Institute think tank [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Attorney General Sean Reyes skips out on a debate with Democrat Charles Stormont sponsored by the Salt Lake City Rotary Club [Tribune, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  4. A legislative audit raises some questions about the Utah Transit Authority's business practices [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. The Salt Lake County Council will consider a proposed ordinance limiting votes on tax hikes to election years only [Tribune].
  6. An audit says Utah's Fund of Funds padded their profit numbres [Tribune].
  7. Sen. Steve Urquhart wants to speed up college students' path to graduation, offering free tuition if they take more than 4 years to finish their degree [Deseret News].
  8. A legal heavy-hitter is joining the case against Utah's ban on same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  9. Utah consumers want state liquor stores to offer better hours and more selection [Tribune].
  10. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal reportedly is set to sue the Obama administration over Common Core [Fox News].

On this day in history:

  • 1883 - The island volcano Krakatoa erupted with the resulting tidal waves claiming 36,000 lives on the islands of Java and Sumatra.
  • 1928 - The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes.
  • 2008 - Sen. Barack Obama was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Taxation without fair explanation and comparisons

Editorial: Anti-Common Core mood based on ignorance

Board ousts Paul Mero as Sutherland Institute president

Sales tax votes? Only in a general election year

Audit blasts UTA, says it gave millions in sweetheart deals

Utah gets extra month to file same-sex recognition appeal

Sandy dumps city gun laws

Paul Rolly: Republican Reyes snubs Rotary Club debate

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Lyft and Uber - The free market at work

Editorial: Recent Napa Valley earthquake reminds Utahns to be prepared

Paul Mero steps down as head of Sutherland Institute

DABC struggles with law allowing liquor license sales

Utah celebrates big conservation success story with tiny fish

Lawmaker's proposal would offer free tuition if student can't finish degree in 8 semesters

Court allows Utah more time to file gay marriage recognition appeal

Audit reveals major concerns about UTA operating procedures


Paul Mero, president of Sutherland Institute, steps down after 14 years (Daily Herald)

Audit: UTA execs have greater compensation than other in-state transportation execs (Daily Herald)

A visit to political 'crazytown' in Layton (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary doomed if she's Obama's third term (Politico)

Joe Biden's secret fundraisers (Politico)

US, allies to accelerate arming of Kurdish forces (The Hill)

Pryor cites Ebola scare to attack Cotton (The Hill)

Report: American dies fighting for ISIS (The Hill)

Obama lays out plan to overhaul Veterans Affairs (Christian Science Monitor)

Kay Hagan hits, then embraces Obama (Politico)

Rand Paul hoping to tilt state House with NKY visit (USA Today)

Polls show GOP gaining steam in race to regain Senate (The Week)

With No Votes Counted, the Tea Party Has Already Won Arizona's Governor's Race (Bloomberg)

The House will spend at least $350,000 on lawyers to sue President Obama (The Week)

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