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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - September 2, 2014

Utahns want cops to wear body cameras. SUU drops Sen. Harry Reid's name from a campus building. Mia Love and Doug Owens are about to start their campaign ad blitzes.


  • 63 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 146 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 427 days until the 2015 elections
  • 503 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 798 days to the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday's Top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll finds Utahns want cops to wear body cameras, but they're split on whether cops are too quick to use deadly force [Utah Policy].
  2. Southern Utah University drops Sen. Harry Reid's name from a building on campus following a public outcry [Tribune].
  3. House Speaker Becky Lockhart may be pursuing the state superintendent job, she doesn't appear to be abandoning a possible run for governor in 2016 [Deseret News].
  4. The Mia Love and Doug Owens campaigns are set to unleash advertising blitzes ahead of November's election [Daily Herald].
  5. A drunk and bloody man somehow found his way into a building at the state Capitol complex [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. The Utah Public Service Commission rules against a proposed extra fee on homeowners who have rooftop solar panels [Tribune].
  7. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says he has no plans to tackle gun laws as president of the National League of Cities [Tribune].
  8. Former West Valley City Mayor Dennis Nordfelt passes away at the age of 71 [Deseret News].
  9. The Salt Lake City Council is considering a plan to put up $3 million in order to secure federal funding to expand the Sugar House Streetcar line [Tribune].
  10. President Obama continues his push for a minimum wage hike [New York Times].

On this day in history:

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  • 1864 - Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta during the Civil War.
  • 1901 - Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," in a speech at the Minesota State Fair.
  • 1945 - Japan formally surrendered, ending World War II.
  • 2005 - President George W. Bush told Michael Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" during a tour of Hurricane Katrina damage in Alabama.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Think Cops Should be Required to Wear Body Cameras
More than 8 out of 10 Utahns think police officers should be required to wear body cameras or other recording devices, but they're split over whether cops are too quick to use deadly or excessive force....

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Should Republicans Move On From Romney?
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Chaffetz: Unleash the Nerds (Video)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz says it's time to turn the "nerds" and "tech geeks" loose on the missing IRS emails....

50% of Americans Say They Work More than 40 Hours Per Week
Whatever happened to the 40 hour workweek?...

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Lockhart's Switcheroo
House Speaker Becky Lockhart shocked more than a few folks when she announced several days ago that she was applying to become Utah’s next superintendent of public schools....

Featured Items

USTAR G2M Program Helps Mobile App Developers Dial In On Their Products
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Pent Up Demand Leads to Construction Explosion in Salina
At the juncture of I-70 Interchange and State Highway 89, a 236-acre industrial site called the Salina Commercial Center, an EDCUtah SURE Site, will soon be home to a 25,000 square-foot Kenworth dealership. Nearby, Peterbilt and Freightliner are also constructing 12,000...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Political persecution ironic, coming from Salt Lake City

Op-ed: Why the criminal case against Rich Koerber was dismissed

Editorial: Does Utah want its liquor business to improve?

Editorial: Utah should not pursue 'Sister Wives' case

New downtown Salt Lake City bicycle track worries small businesses

SUU drops Harry Reid's name from building after protests

Is deal close in Park City resort showdown with Talisker?

Salt Lake City in no rush to scrap its gun laws

Paul Rolly: Opposing UTA can be politically risky

The vibe is back in downtown Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Council poised to seek more streetcar funding

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: How Utah politicos put their summer to good use

Drew Clark: Religious freedom is more than a right to speak and assemble

John Florez: School board - Take a deep breath, create a vision

Op-ed: Exports are vital to Utah's prosperity

Editorial: UTA accountability

State lawmaker calling for criminal probe into UTA development deal

Becky Lockhart serious about superintendent spot but not ruling out run for governor

Former WVC mayor, police chief Dennis Nordfelt dies


Love and Owens campaigns both plan to hit the airwaves (Daily Herald)

WSU Democrats aim to make a difference in northern Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Organized labor still alive in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Economy no savior for Dems (The Hill)

Did Brennan dodge a bullet? (The Hill)

Obama Calls for Minimum Wage Rise and Equal Pay as Elections Approach (New York Times)

Judge Blocks Enforcement of New Louisiana Abortion Law (Wall Street Journal)

De Blasio defends cops in death of man in NYPD custody (New York Post)

Amid talk shows & tweets, Perry continues 2016 preps (KVUE)

L.A. Mayor proposes $13.25 minimum wage (USA Today)

Fast Food Workers Plan Another Strike in 150 Cities (TIME)

Vice President Biden says union workers deserve 'fair share' (Associated Press)

Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US (Associated Press)

Nuclear waste catch-22 (Associated Press)

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