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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - September 30, 2014

Republicans boosting Lee's popularity resurgence. Utahns disapprove of Congress. Utah County GOP will pick Valentine's replacement in November.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 35
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 118
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 163
  • Days to the 2015 election - 399
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 475
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 770

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Sen. Mike Lee can thank Republicans for the resurgence in his approval ratings [Utah Policy].
  2. 81% of Utahns don't approve of the job Congress is doing, but 74% approve of the Utah Legislature [Utah Policy].
  3. The Utah County GOP will pick a replacement for outgoing Sen. John Valentine on November 15 [Daily Herald].
  4. Rep. Jon Cox is preparing legislation that would allow 16 and 17-year-olds to register to vote before they turn 18 [Tribune].
  5. The Supreme Court rules Ohio officials can limit early voting in the state [Politico].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert won't announce a deal with the feds on Medicaid expansion at his annual health summit [Deseret News].
  7. Rumors are still swirling that both Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman may be considering another run for president [Deseret News].
  8. Democratic Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont says he wants to put some teeth in ethical standards for Utah government [Utah Policy].
  9. Utah officials are now waiting to see what the Supreme Court will do about same-sex marriage [Deseret News].
  10. The University of Utah is on a construction spree [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1788 - The Pennsylvania Legislature elected the first two members of the U.S. Senate - William Maclay and Robert Morris.
  • 1938 - British, French, German and Italian leaders agreed that Nazi Germany would be allowed to annex Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
  • 1955 - Actor James Dean was killed in a two-car collision at age 24.
  • 1962 - Black student James Merideth succeeded on his fourth try in registering for classes at the University of Mississippi.
  • 1982 - "Cheers" premiered on NBC.

Today At Utah Policy

Republicans Boosting Approval Rating for Lee, Herbert
While U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, may find himself not that well liked among all Utahns, he’s perfectly safe inside his own Utah Republican Party....

Poll: Utahns Overwhelmingly Disapprove of Congress
More than 8 out of every 10 Utahns think Congress is doing a very poor job....

Democrat Charles Stormont Discusses Ethics and Same-Sex Marriage (Video)
Democrat Charles Stormont is making ethics reform a centerpiece of his campaign....

Utah Policy 'Lightning Round" - Charles Stormont
Democratic candidate for Attorney General Charles Stormont takes on the Utah Policy "Lightning Round" where he has just 60 seconds to answer as many stupid questions as possible....

University of Utah on a Construction Spree
The University of Utah is ending a decade-long building program, one of the most expansive in the university’s 164-year history....

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....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Return Jenny Wilson to the Salt Lake County Council

Poll shows rebound in Utah's Sen. Mike Lee's approval rating

Lawmaker wants to register high school students to vote

Utah seeks ways to end cycle of poverty as a family tradition

The future is coming to Salt Lake City's oft forgotten West Side

Deseret News

Op-ed: Potential drive-thru changes

Editorial: Let FAA, not Utah Legislature, worry about airport issues

Romney, Huntsman may both be taking nontraditional routes to another White House run

Why we don't need to worry that Utah cities aren't growing

Utah leaders to embark on trade mission to Brazil in November

Don't expect Gov. to announce Medicaid plan at health summit

Low unemployment rates contribute to dropping college enrollment, officials say

Utah in wait-and-see mode on same-sex marriage

Commission to highlight women in Utah economy


County GOP to replace Valentine in November (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Let districts decide tech needs (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County bows out of prison site competition (Standard-Examiner)

Utah earns $1 billion in tax revenue from tourism (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Senate polls good news for GOP hopes (Politico)

Rick Santorum returns (Politico)

White House: Obama wasn't passing buck with ISIS comment (The Hill)

State: White House didn't drop the ball on ISIS threat (The Hill)

House Dem leader fine with lame-duck vote authorizing force against ISIS (The Hill)

Gay Marriage and 6 Other Big Issues on Supreme Court Agenda (ABC News)

Chris Christie takes aim at unions while campaigning for Scott Walker in Wisconsin (Star-Ledger)

A divided Supreme Court delays early voting in Ohio (USA Today)

Ted Cruz Denies Report That He's Going To Run For President (Huffington Post)

McConnell, other GOP brass to rally NKY voters Oct. 11 (

More Than 4,000 Have Died World-Wide Attempting to Migrate This Year (Wall Street Journal)

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