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Monday, September 22, 2014

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Utahns support teachers carrying concealed weapons. Chaffetz slams White House security. Owens hits the airwaves.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 43
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 126
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 171
  • Days to the 2015 election - 407
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 483
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 778

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utahns overwhelmingly support teachers having concealed weapons in classrooms, but think they should inform parents and administrators of its presence [Utah Policy].
  2. Rep. Jason Chaffetz slams White House security after a man jumps the fence and enters the front doors [Utah Policy].
  3. The tension between local and BLM law officials is on the rise [Tribune]. 
  4. Gov. Gary Herbert has a tough task ahead of him to get lawmakers to sign off on his Medicaid expansion alternative plan [Tribune].
  5. Democrat Doug Owens hits the airwaves in his race against Republican Mia Love [Deseret News].
  6. A new study says Utah's roads are among the best in the nation, but their administrative costs are sky high [Tribune].
  7. Rep. Jack Draxler wants to reign in Utah's binge drinking problem [Deseret News].
  8. A legal expert says Utah can still win its same-sex marriage case if it's taken up by the Supreme Court [Daily Herald].
  9. Testing of three old rape kits in Salt Lake City finds three kits that may help solve crimes [Tribune].
  10. Holladay City may switch to vote-by-mail next year [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War.
  • 1862 - President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states free as of January 1, 1863.
  • 1975 - Sara Jane Moore failed in an attempt to shoot President Gerald R. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel.
  • 2005 - John Roberts' nomination as chief justice cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 13-5 vote.

Today At Utah Policy

Exclusive Poll: Utahns Overwhelmingly Support Concealed Weapons in Classrooms
Nearly 2/3 of Utahns think teachers should be allowed to carry concealed weapons in classrooms....

Replacing Obamacare
National Review looks attwo conservative healthcare reform proposals, including one by Sen. Orrin Hatch, that would "cover just as many people with insurance as Obamacare at a fraction of the cost."...

Chaffetz Slams White House Security
A security breach at the White House has Rep. Jason Chaffetz steaming about the job the Secret Service is doing....

One in Four Americans are Secessionists
A news analysis from Reuters finds that almost 1/4 of Americans want their state to seceed from the United States....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: The Perils of Partisan Polling
I’ve written before how important objective, credible public opinion polls are in Utah, and how sad it is that the state’s main media outlets – which used to poll regularly – are no longer doing so because of financial troubles....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Who Should be Invited to Debates?
No third-party candidates will be invited to this fall's major debates sponsored by the Utah Debate Commission. The Commission said a candidate needed to reach a 10% threshold in their pre-debate polling to be invited, and none of the independent and third-party candidat...

Featured Items

Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection
Like any American family living paycheck to paycheck, Conrad Goetzinger and Cassandra Rose hope that if they make the right choices, their $13-an-hour jobs will keep the lights on, put food in the fridge and gas in the car....

Utah Unemployment Second-Lowest in Nation, Job Growth Strong
Utah’s unemployment rate is tied for second-lowest in the nation, holding steady at 3.6 percent, according to the latest figures from the Dept. of Workforce Services. ...

The Three Rings of Religious Liberty
The three rings of religious liberty are under assault to make way for new sexual rights. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Stand up to elites who undermine traditional marriage

Op-ed: Religion is yin to science's yang

Rolly: Guns vs. breasts: Which wins in Utah?

Editorial: Let the debates begin

Editorial: Counties deserve consistency in federal PILT payments

Paul Rolly: State makes longtime resident of Utah prove it

Study: Utah roads good, but administrative costs high

Utah to BLM: Rein in your cops

Separated Utah family still keeping American dream alive

Salt Lake Airport seeks to break up monopoly

Deseret News

John Florez: Utah public education is a house of cards

W. Bradford Wilcox: The new progressive argument on marriage

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Are Republicans more than the party of 'no'?

Robert Bennett: Political debates can have impact

Drew Clark: The 'least dangerous branch' must follow principle, not pragmatism

Editorial: How committed are Obama, U.S. to destroy terrorist threats?

Editorial: Don't 'Army-ize' local police with surplus military equipment

Can Utah solve its surprising binge drinking problem?

Mitt Romney to campaign for Mia Love in Utah

Now both Mia Love and Doug Owens airing TV commercials

Rebate or tax credit? Clean air proposal targets compressed natural gas vehicles

5 reasons why Utah is a great place to live


Expert believes Utah can still win same-sex marriage case (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Reflect and choose (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: SAGE tests replace CRTs (Standard-Examiner)

Report: Utah slips in highway performance rankings (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Are Conservative Cities Better? (Politico)

Kerry: 'Serious questions' about Syria after chlorine report (The Hill)

Senators spar over ISIS approach (The Hill)

Year of the campaign cheapskate (The Hill)

How Omar Gonzalez made it past guns and dogs through the White House door (Christian Science Monitor)

Greens fear loss of Senate firewall (The Hill)

Jeb Bush focused on growing personal wealth, not 2016 (CBS News)

Rand Paul not waiting for 2016 to take on Hillary Clinton (CBS News)

GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott woos Hispanic voters in Texas (AP)

Medicare's Annual Enrollment Period Approaches (Wall Street Journal)

Unemployment rates rise in August in 24 U.S. states (AP)

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