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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know For Wednesday - September 24, 2014

Debate season gets underway in Utah. Obama to rally support for fight against ISIL. Lawmakers could consider a record number of bills in 2015.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 41
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 124
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 169
  • Days to the 2015 election - 405
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 481
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 776

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Rep. Rob Bishop and Donna McAleer square off in their first televised debate [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. President Barack Obama is set to address the U.N. General Assembly to rally support for the fight against ISIL [NBC News].
  3. Rep. Chris Stewart says defeating ISIL may take more ground troops [Deseret News].
  4. Obama calls climate change a "growing and urgent threat" [CNN].
  5. The number of bill files opened on Utah's Capitol Hill for the upcoming 2015 session points to a potential record amount of legislation ahead for lawmakers [Utah Policy].
  6. Sen. Mike Lee proposes a tax reform plan to fix problems with the tax code [Utah PolicyDeseret News].
  7. The cost of putting technology in the hands of every child in Utah's schools could top $400 million [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox takes aim at the current state of politics during a speech at Utah Valley University [Tribune].
  9. Legislative hopefuls Republican Fred Cox and Democrat Mike Lee face off in a debate [Tribune].
  10. The West Jordan City Council is reconsidering a huge apartment complex planned near Gardner Village [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - Congress passed the First Judiciary Act, which provided for an attorney general and a Supreme Court.
  • 1869 - Financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold market, sending Wall Street into a panic and leaving thousands of investors in financial ruin.
  • 1960 - The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched.
  • 1968 - "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS.
  • 1991 - Children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died at age 87.

Today At Utah Policy

2015 Legislature Could See Record Number of Bills
Just about everyone would agree that the 535 members of the U.S. Congress don’t work very hard, or even if they do, have little to show for it.But now the question must be asked: Are the 104 part-time Utah legislators working too hard, or at least trying to do so?...

First Bishop/McAleer Debate Underwhelms
The first Utah Debate Commission event, featuring the candidates in Utah's 1st Congressional District was a supremely bland affair that was heavy on soundbites and short on policy discussion....

Weekly Survey: Should Every Restaurant Have a 'Zion Curtain'
Outgoing Sen. John Valentine says one of his biggest regrets was not requiring every restaurant that serves alcohol to have a Zion Curtain. What do you think? Vote in our weekly survey....

Lee Details Tax Reform Plan
In a WSJ op-ed, Sens. Mike Lee and Marco Rubio unveil their "pro-family, pro-growth" taxreform proposal that would create two simple income-tax brackets, end the marriage penalty and increase the child tax credit....

A Growing Number of Americans Want Religion Involved in Politics
Americans are split almost evenly over whether religion and politics should mix. ...

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....

Featured Items

GOED's Technology Grant Program Broadens Base of Eligible Applicants
Thanks to recent legislation, a state-run technology grant program that began in 1986 has expanded its eligibility to a wider range of small businesses in Utah. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Cumming family deserves Summit County's thanks

Increasing exports is goal of Utah Global Forum

Fireworks in 1st District Debate

Utah's police forces lack Latino officers

Utah's Cox calls politics a 'Dumpster fire,' dings Romney for saying 'stupid things'

Putting a device in every Utah student's hands could = $434M

Legislative hopefuls square off on schools, ethics

Deseret News

Editorial: Are we too pessimistic about the economy?

Granite School District reminds teachers of don't ask/don't tell gun policy

Massive green-energy project taps salt caverns near Delta

Plan for learning device in hands of each Utah student could cost $451M

Rep. Stewart: More boots on the ground may be needed to defeat ISIS

Never-married adults reach record high count; experts eye indicators on why some will, won't wed

Trademark battle: Salt Lake convention cites other events named 'comic con' in latest court filing

Mike Lee proposes fixes for 'nasty set of problems' with tax code

Bishop, McAleer face off in inaugural debate of Utah Debate Commission


Former legislative candidate appears in court for drug deal gone bad (Daily Herald)

LDS Democrats launching billboard campaign (Daily Herald)

Donna McAleer takes on six-term incumbent Rob Bishop in televised debate (Standard-Examiner)

ATK wants to replace Russian launch engine for Air Force (Standard-Examiner)

Park City School District explores future of tech-based learning (Park Record)

In PCMR deal, Vail got this and this, not that and that (Park Record)

National Headlines

America's New War President (Politico)

Jim Webb 'seriously looking at' 2016 bid (Politico)

Democrats relying on big donors to win (Politico)

Dem opposes 'blank check' for 'endless war' (The Hill)

Pentagon: ISIS campaign could last years (The Hill)

Obama hails Syria strikes, argues ISIS is not America's fight alone (The Hill)

White House gets second barrier after fence jumping (Reuters)

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law sentenced to life in prison (New York Daily News)

Dinesh D'Souza gets 5 years of probation in federal Manhattan court over campaign donations (New York Daily News)

Chicago Mayor Pushes Illinois To Decriminalize Pot (TIME)

High-profile Republicans flock to save Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas (CBS News)

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