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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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Utahns think public schools need modest improvements instead of an overhaul. Judge says a lawsuit challenging the Tribune and Deseret News' joint operating agreement can move ahead.

Countdown:

  • 56 days to the 2014 midterm election
  • 139 days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 420 days to the 2015 election
  • 496 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 791 days until the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday's Top-10 headlines:

  1. A poll shows Utahns think the state's public education system needs some modest reforms rather than a complete overhaul [Utah Policy].
  2. A federal judge will allow a lawsuit filed by former employees of the Salt Lake Tribune challenging changes in the joint operating agreement between the Tribune and Deseret News to move forward [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Hillary Clinton says she will decide on whether to run for president in 2016 around the first of the year [CNN].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee hires the former national political director of Freedom Works to run his 2016 re-election campaign [Politico].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the U.S. needs to take decisive action against ISIL [ABC 4].
  6. The controversial Ski Link lift between Solitude and the Canyons Resort is eliminated from the latest plan to connect seven ski resorts [Tribune].
  7. A federal judge's ruling that the way Utah elects State School Board members is unconstitutional is raising old arguments about whether these elections should be partisan [Deseret News].
  8. A federal court upholds a ruling setting a very narrow standard for what defines a road in the state's fight over RS 2477 roads [Tribune].
  9. Ranchers in Wayne County want the state to reject a proposed sale of 800 acres to protect a prairie dog sanctuary [Tribune].
  10. The Utah Transit Authority is testing distance-based fees [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - The Second Continental Congress changed the name of the nation to the United States of America, from the United Colonies.
  • 1850 - California became the 31st state of the Union.
  • 1957 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction.
  • 1976 - Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong died in Beijing at the age of 82.
  • 2009 - South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson shouted "You lie!" during President Barack Obama's speech to Congress on health care.


Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Think Utah's Public Education Doesn't Need a Massive Overhaul
Just under half of Utahns think the state's public education system is in need of some minor changes, but not a complete overhaul. That's according to a new public opinion survey....

A Judge's Status, Robed in Silence
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Why More Federal Employees Means a Smaller Federal Government
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Here's Your Extremely Early Top-10 GOP Contenders for 2016
A top political pundit has released his top-10 GOP candidates ahead of the 2016 election, and Mitt Romney comes in at #5....

Why Dallas Lost the 2016 GOP Convention
The general consensus is the GOP is holding their 2016 convention in Cleveland because Ohio is a swing state. The real reason may have more to do with the presidential aspirations of two Ohio Republicans....

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....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Odd ruling could trigger reform of Utah school board selection process

Utah ranchers ask trust not to sell land for prairie dogs

Judge: The way Utah picks state school board is unconstitutional

Poll: Slim majority of Utahns oppose Lockhart as superintendent

Poll: Utahns favor police having military weapons

Controversial Ski Link eliminated from refined plan to link 7 Utah resorts

Ruling sticks: Salt Creek not a county highway

Deseret News

Editorial: A cause for concern if civil forfeiture goes unchecked

Mayor Becker invites residents to schedule one-on-one meetings

Report gives West Valley police low ranking for racial balance

Judge's ruling reignites partisan vs. nonpartisan State School Board debate

Slight majority of Utahns oppose House speaker being named school superintendent

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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