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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - September 23, 2014

U.S. launches airstrikes in Syria. More results from our poll on guns in schools. Pelosi speaks in Salt Lake City.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 42
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 125
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 170
  • Days to the 2015 election - 406
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 482
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 777

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The U.S. launches airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria [Los Angeles Times].
  2. Our exclusive poll about guns in schools finds men are much more comfortable with teachers having concealed weapons than women are [Utah Policy].
  3. Democrat Nancy Pelosi speaks in Salt Lake City at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce national convention [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Democrat Doug Owens hits the airwaves with his first round of television commercials [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  5. Sen. Todd Weiler is dropping his push for a criminal investigation into the Utah Transit Authority [Fox 13].
  6. The Utah Debate Commission kicks off their 2014 debates Tuesday night without any third-party or independent candidates invited to the events [Deseret News].
  7. Salt Lake County officials are looking at up to a half-dozen potential sites for the planned convention hotel downtown [Deseret News].
  8. Students at Bingham High School walk out in protest over the school enforcing its dress code at a recent dance [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. A same-sex marriage rally in Utah has both sides arguing whether children should be off limits in the debate [Tribune].
  10. Weber and Morgan county officials target the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1779 - American commander John Paul Jones is said to have declared "I have not yet begun to fight!" during a Revolutionary War naval battle.
  • 1806 - The Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis from the Pacific Northwest.
  • 1846 - The planet Neptune was discovered by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle.
  • 1952 - Sen. Richard M. Nixon appeared on television to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising. The address became known as the "Checkers" speech because of Nixon's on-air reference to the family dog.

Today At Utah Policy

Exclusive Poll: Men Favor Teachers Carrying Concealed Weapons in Utah Schools
In general, Utahns overwhelmingly approve of allowing public school teachers to carry concealed weapons in their classroom, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Shameless Self Promotion: NBC News Cites Poll
Well, this is neat! NBC News anchor Brian Williams cites our latest poll on guns in schools as the lead-in to a story about a Utah teacher who carries a concealed weapon in her classes....

Here's the First Round of Doug Owens' Campaign Ads
Democrat Doug Owens hit the airwaves with his first round of campaign ads this week. ...

Wisconsin Democrat Allegedly Plagiarizes Corroon's Platform
Mary Burke, the Democratic nominee for governor in Wisconsin, has been accused of plagiarizing a number of sources for her campaign platform and policy proposals. Now, add Utah Democratic Party Chair to the list of those she's apparently stolen from....

This Congress Hasn't Done Much, and Probably Won't
The 113th Congress is on track to be one of the least-productive in the past 60 years....

Check Out This Creepy New Political Ad Targeting Women
The GOP-aligned PAC Americans for Shared Prosperity is running an ad urging women to break up with Barack Obama....

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....

Featured Items

'Runway at East Gate' Project Area will Enhance Economic Development and Hill Air Force Base
It's been done at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, and Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio. Now, Layton City leaders hope it can be done at Hill Air Force Base in Utah....

Utah.Gov Receives Top Award for Social Media Excellence
The Public Technology Institute recently announced Utah.Gov as a winner of its 2014 Web 2.0 State & Local Government Award. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah should not hide the true cost of water

Holladay may switch to by-mail voting next year

BLM seeks comment on Nine Mile Canyon plan

Poll finds Utah voters OK with guns in classrooms

Deseret News

Op-ed: Classical liberalism offers sole durable escape from American decline

Op-ed: 'Single issue' voters should consider broader perspective

Editorial: Is your economic confidence based on data or perception?

Debates ready to start, third-party candidates not included

Weber and Morgan counties hope local regulations combat teen e-cigarette use

'Five or six' possible sites for convention hotel in downtown Salt Lake City

Poll: Utahns in favor of school teachers with guns

Utah's expanding Hispanic business at center of national convention


Poll: Majority of Utahns support concealed weapons in schools (Daily Herald)

Mayor's calling card on his feet (Daily Herald)

Orem ranked in top 25 places to live (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence (Politico)

Republicans fume over Lois Lerner remarks (Politico)

White House won't estimate cost of ISIS war (Politico)

Missing Afghan officers found outside Canada (The Hill)

Will White House become fortress after Omar Gonzalez intrusion? (Christian Science Monitor)

More Americans want religion in their politics (CBS News)

Religion in public life: another political divide that's growing (Christian Science Monitor)

Who told Kirsten Gillibrand he liked his 'girls chubby'? (CBS News)

'Kissing Congressman' Vance McAllister runs ad touting wife's support (MSNBC)

GM ignition death toll hits 21 (Detroit News)

Trump gives support to McConnell (Independent)

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