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Monday, September 8, 2014

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Utahns oppose Lockhart for superintendent. Obama delaying executive action on immigration. Judge rules Utah's method of selecting state school board candidates is unconstitutional.


  • 57 days to the 2014 midterm election
  • 140 days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 421 days to the 2015 election
  • 497 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 792 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday's Top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll shows 52% of Utahns oppose Becky Lockhart's bid to become state superintendent [Utah Policy].
  2. President Obama says he will delay executive action on immigration reform until after the midterm elections [New York Times].
  3. Almost all of Utah's schools will get a D or F this year under the state's new grading system [Tribune].
  4. A judge rules the way Utah selects state school board candidates is unconstitutional [Deseret News].
  5. The Utah Supreme Court rules Millard County does not have to hold a new election in a primary for County Commission [Tribune].
  6. An analysis says West Valley's police department is among the least racially balanced in the entire nation [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. A number of groups on both sides are asking the Supreme Court to take up Utah's fight over same-sex marriage [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Democratic Congressional candidate Doug Owens is scaling back his media plans by about 10% [Utah Policy].
  9. A judge sets the bond amount for Park City Mountain Resort to keep operating this season at $17.5 million [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Congress returns to Washington to work on a budget bill to avoid another government shutdown [Fox News].

On this day in history:

  • 1565 - A Spanish expedition established the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, Florida.
  • 1664 - The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.
  • 1966 - The TV series "Star Trek" premiered on NBC.
  • 1974 - President Gerald R. Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Richard Nixon.
  • 2006 - A Senate report faulted intelligence gathering in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Oppose Lockhart for Superintendent
A slim majority of Utahns say they oppose House Speaker Becky Lockhart's quest to become the next state superintendent of public schools....

Owens Scaling Back Media Plans
Democratic 4th District Congressional candidate Doug Owens planned to go on the air with campaign ads on September 15th. Those plans have been pushed back a week, but his campaign claims it's not because of fundraising difficulties....

Romney Says 'No Question' He'd Make a Better President than Hillary
Mitt Romney has no qualms comparing himself to the presumptive 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, saying there's "no question" he would make a better president than the former Secretary of State....

Lee: Americans Oppose Executive Amnesty
Sen. Mike Lee says Pres.Obama's post-election amnesty delay proves that the politics of the immigration issue has turned against the Democrats....

Salt Lake Comic Con Bursting at the Seams with Attendees (Video)
Downtown Salt Lake City was packed with cosplayers and other pop culture fans for the second-annual Salt Lake Comic Con. Co-founder Bryan Brandenburg says this year's event exceeded all expectations....

How New York and Illinois Curb a Key Labor Violation While Other States Fall Short
On an overcast July afternoon, with the clock ticking on their lunch break, men in blue jeans and hard hats filed out of the four-story Fairfield Inn & Suites under construction near Interstate 270....

Mia Love Named 'Woman Candidate to Watch'
MSNBC takes note of Mia Love's second run at Congress, naming her to their "30 in 30 list" of women candidates to watch in 2014....

Sen. Tom Coburn Pushing for Constitutional Convention
Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says he will focus his energies on calling for a Constitutional Convention after he retires from the Senate in a few months....

Featured Items

Confessions of a Hyper-Driven Life
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Are we ready for a coming age of 'omnigamy'?

Rolly: School superintendent controversy is not new

Op-ed: Americans must face up to doing the math on Social Security

Editorial: Utah needs modern rules for e-cigarettes

Utah justices strike down judge's order for new election in Millard County

Salt Lake City police chief to recruits: Be ready for scrutiny

Sugar House Streetcar ignites broader transportation debate

Canyonlands: An unfinished conservation struggle

Paul Rolly: Utah lawmaker has his own definition of death panels

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: A potpourri of political questions as summer ends

Robert Bennett: Will Republicans hold House, regain Senate this fall?

Derek B. Miller: Economic growth, despite the recession, put Utah on the map

John Florez: UTA suffers oversight fatigue

Editorial: Utah Public Lands Initiative a long shot worth pursuing - still

Petition supporting traditional marriage delivered to Gov. Herbert

Are you ready for your child's school to get a failing grade?

Faith leaders say Utah case 'best vehicle' to resolve same-sex marriage issues

Walking in public transit riders' shoes insightful for lawmaker

Judge rules State School Board selection process is unconstitutional


Mayors approve plan for county to fund BRT project (Daily Herald)

LDS church teams up with other religions urging Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case (Daily Herald)

State school board frets about ugly Utah report cards (Standard-Examiner)

City Council discusses Mountain Accord, possible Cottonwoods mass transit (Park Record)

Park City Mountain Resort ski season still in limbo (Park Record)

National Headlines

Obama's gamble: Will it work? (Politico)

Menendez 'deeply disappointed' with Obama's decision (The Hill)

House Dem: Latinos 'frustrated' with Obama, 'pissed off' at GOP (The Hill)

Obama to detail ISIS threat (The Hill)

Obama Admits He 'Should Have Anticipated The Optics' Of Golfing After Foley's Death (Opposing Views)

Was Obama immigration delay 'raw politics' or principle? Both, maybe. (Christian Science Monitor)

Arnold Schwarzenegger Making Rare Return To California Capital (Associated Press)

US Senate candidates trade jabs in first debate (Associated Press)

10 questions Nato faces in its fight to combat Isis (New Zealand Herald)

Clinton to decide on '16 run around New Year (CNN)

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