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Monday, September 29, 2014

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Herbert's approval ratings remain high while Lee's are recovering. Mia Love talks campaign 2014. Equality Utah names a controversial figure as its new head.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 36
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 119
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 164
  • Days to the 2015 election - 400
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 476
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 771

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Herbert's approval ratings continue to impress while Sen. Mike Lee's numbers are starting to recover [Utah Policy].
  2. Mia Love talks campaign 2014 and how, if elected, she will vote to repeal Obamacare [Utah Policy].
  3. Democrat Brian Wonnacott, who is challenging Rep. Jason Chaffetz, isn't putting up much of a fight [Tribune].
  4. The two candidates for Attorney General are on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage issue [Tribune].
  5. An activist group releases a survey showing Utahns are split on the issue of same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  6. On Monday, the Supreme Court starts considering whether they will take up a number of same-sex marriage cases next year [Deseret News].
  7. Troy Williams, an activist with a flair for controversy, is named the new head of Equality Utah [Tribune].
  8. Sen. John Valentine reflects on more than a quarter-century in the legislature [Daily Herald].
  9. Some Republicans admit they waited to confirm Valentine to the Utah Tax Commission to keep his seat from being filled by a general election this November [Tribune].
  10. About a half-dozen firms are interested in building the convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - The U.S. War Department established a regular army.
  • 1978 - Pope John Paul I was found dead a little more than one month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 2005 - John Roberts was sworn in as the nation's 17th chief justice.
  • 2008 - The Dow Jones Industrial average fell more than 777 points after the House defeated a $700 billion rescue plan for the nation's financial system.

Today At Utah Policy

Exclusive Poll: Herbert's Approval Ratings Sky-High, Lee and Reyes Lag Behind
Gov. Gary Herbert continues his run as one of the most popular governors in the nation, with more than 2/3 of Utahns approving of his job performance. However, Utahns aren't quite as sold on the jobs Sen. Mike Lee and Attorney General Sean Reyes are doing....

Mia Love Talks Campaign 2014 (Video)
Mia Love, Republican candidate in Utah's 4th Congressional District, says she's learned some important lessons during her second run for Congress....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: In Retrospect, Perhaps I Went Too Far
As a journalist, my natural inclanation is to gravitate toward the interesting. That's why I am often constructively critical of members of Utah's minority party. If they could start winning more elections, then my job becomes more interesting....

Mia Love Plays the 'Lightning Round' (Video)
With just 60-seconds to answer as many stupid questions as possible, Republican Congressional candidate Mia Love is the latest victim in the Utah Policy "lightning round." ...

Fact-Checking Feinstein on the Assault Weapons Ban
In the ten years since the federal assault weapons ban expired, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has kept trying to renew the law, which she authored. ...

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #206
Utahns sure like the idea of teachers packing heat! Also, debate season is upon us and lawmakers may be considering a record number of bills in 2015. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics....

Featured Items

Five New members Appointed to USTAR Governing Authority
The Utah Science and Technology Research initiative has welcomed five new members to its Governing Authority. ...

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Should the Zion Curtain Stay or Go?
Sen. John Valentine says one of his biggest regrets as he leaves Utah's Capitol Hill is not requiring all restaurants to have a Zion Curtain, and he hopes lawmakers will remedy that in his absence. Most of our "Political Insiders" disagree....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: GOP purposely waited to confirm Valentine for tax job

Op-ed: Utah must equalize school taxes, or courts will do it

Op-ed: Don't let Common Core fears lead to mediocrity

Op-ed: Reid's obstruction hurts Senate's productive history

Editorial: Criminal investigation of Stericycle is a good idea

Editorial: Chaffetz deserves another term in D.C.

After flood closed I-15, Utah detour needs big repairs

Does air quality suffer as Utah moves more oil by rail?

Gay marriage case shows basic split in approach by Utah a.g. candidates

Vineyard: Utah's small town with a big future

Save Our Canyons co-founder was more than an advocate

Rural Utah county hopes to trade wilderness for resort on Flaming Gorge

Deseret News

Janna Danelle: Redefining marriage hurts women, children

John Florez: Let local folks control a new education system

Monica Bellenger: Parents deserve full disclosure

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah's education funding needs a boost, not a crisis

Robert Bennett: Make climate conversations more than just hot air

Drew Clark: Either view of marriage debate should support Utah's high court case

Editorial: Religion in public life is not a zero-sum game

Editorial: Here's how the Obama administration is squelching the press

Former education secretary sees STEM solutions in Ogden elementary school

Coast-to-coast horseback ride against the BLM begins, headed to Utah

Carbon County, Wellington City declare state of emergency after floods

5 reasons Mitt Romney will probably run for president again

Utah gay marriage case first in line at Supreme Court


Valentine's look back at 26 years in Utah's legislature (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Economy still major concern (Standard-Examiner)

Ex-Reagan official touts STEM effort in North Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden on list for best places to retire (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County Council looks for deficit fixes in department budgets (Logan Herald Journal)

County sounds gridlock alarm (Park Record)

National Headlines

Red-seat Dems fight for survival (Politico)

Former DHS chief: Obama made mistakes on ISIS (The Hill)

Obama: Intel officials underestimated ISIS (The Hill)

Debt fades as election issue (The Hill)

'Barbarians': Boehner Says America May Need Ground Troops to Fight ISIS (NBC News)

When to shoot: Why the Secret Service is in hot water (Christian Science Monitor)

Oklahoma beheading: Was it an act of terrorism? (Christian Science Monitor)

'Values Voters' unite in opposition to Hillary Clinton (Associated Press)

Ignored House contests may hold surprises (Bloomberg)

Dead in the water? U.S. Coast Guard deals with aging fleet and mounting budget woes (Star-Ledger)

Fired financial regulator releases secret tapes of Goldman Sachs meetings (New York Daily News)

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