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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday Morning - August 28, 2014

Lawmakers discuss the fight over public lands. Romney teases another run in 2016. A ruling in the fight over Park City Mountain Resort is delayed again.


  • 68 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 151 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 432 days until the 2015 elections
  • 508 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 803 days to the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's Top-10 Headlines:

  1. Lawmakers meet for the first time to discuss the fight over federal lands in Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  2. Mitt Romney says he's not running in 2016, but "circumstances can change" [Politico].
  3. A judge postpones a ruling in the dispute over Park City Mountain Resort [Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. 13 LGBT demonstrators who disrupted the Legislature during the 2014 session are now facing charges [Tribune].
  5. A federal judge finalizes his ruling striking down part of Utah's ban against polygamy. Attorney General Sean Reyes is currently deciding whether to appeal [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. UTA leaders are mulling their next move after a legislative audit raises questions about their business practices [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. More legal wrangling over a judges ruling that Millard County hold a new election in a disputed County Commission primary race [Tribune].
  8. Richard Davis says Becky Lockhart is the wrong person for the Utah State Superintendent's job [Deseret News].
  9. Consumer confidence is on the rise in Utah [Deseret News].
  10. It was a deadly summer on Utah's roads [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during a civil rights rally in Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 - Police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago at the Democratic National Convention.
  • 1981 - John W. Hinckley Jr. pleaded innocent to charges of trying to kill President Ronald Reagan.
  • 2005 - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered everyone in the city to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina.

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Lawmakers Meet to Discuss Gaining Control of Federal Lands
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah should do more to rescue unwanted infants

Sales tax votes? Only in a general election year

Audit: Utah fund padded numbers, downplayed costs

Millard Co. election fight boiling over in two courts

Judge's ruling next week could be key to Park City ski season

Demonstrators face charges in Capitol protest

UTA attacked, defended after tough audit

Deseret News

Op-ed: School fees: Is Utah really family friendly?

Dan Liljenquist: Islamic State terrorists and our national security

Jay Evensen: Utahns support Common Core, even though they oppose it

Editorial: Park City's slippery slopes

DABC struggles with law allowing liquor license sales

Winning plaintiffs in 3 states want Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case

Running again? Mitt Romney tells Hugh Hewitt that 'circumstances can change,' but no

State lawmakers talk strategy on Utah's public lands war with federal government

UTA chairman says there is 'much work to do' in wake of blistering legislative audit

Judge postpones ruling in Park City Mountain Resort land dispute


AG Reyes: Lawsuit for control of public lands only one factor in the conversation (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Ballot issues for UTOPIA (Standard-Examiner)

Lee calms fears of runaway federal government (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Climate plan spooks Dems (The Hill)

State denies Obama to bypass Senate with UN climate deal (The Hill)

McCain: 'Meet the Press' should stay focused (Politico)

How Reid holds veto power over Obama (Politico)

Dj vu for Barack Obama in Syria (Politico)

Mitt Romney on 2016 run: 'Circumstances can change' (The Hill)

Obama weighs expansion of military campaign in Iraq (The Hill)

U.S. mother pleads to Islamic State leader for her son's release (Reuters)

Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core (Associated Press)

Scott Walker still struggling in new poll (MSNBC)

White House open to working on international climate deal without Congress (Washington Times)

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