Ten Things You Need To Know About Utah Politics – August 11, 2014

Poll gives Love a lead over Owens, but she would trail Matheson. Businessman with ties to John Swallow facing federal charges. Utah renews NCLB waiver.



  • 85 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 168 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 449 days until the 2015 elections
  • 525 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 820 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday’s top headlines:

  • A new poll gives Republican Mia Love a big lead over Democrat Doug Owens, but she would trail retiring Rep. Jim Matheson [Utah Policy].
  • Robert Montgomery, a businessman with ties to former Attorney General John Swallow, is in jail facing possible federal charges [Tribune].
  • Utah’s #2 ranking education official, Deputy Superintendent Brenda Hales, resigned abruptly last week [Tribune].
  • The State School Board unanimously votes to request an extension of Utah’s waiver from No Child Left Behind [Deseret News].
  • How big of an impact will John Valentine’s departure from the Legislature have on Utah’s liquor laws? [Deseret News]
  • A Democratic legislative candidate’s name is causing some confusion among voters [Tribune].
  • Today marks 15 years since a tornado ripped through downtown Salt Lake City [Deseret News].
  • The Granite School Board approves a small tax hike [Tribune].
  • A group of Draper residents are launching an effort to repeal a tax hike [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox face off in a demolition derby [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1934 – The first federal prisoners arrived at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay.
  • 1965 – Deadly rioting broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.
  • 2000 – Pat Buchanan won the Reform Party presidential nomination.
  • 2006 – The Transportation Security Administration banned all liquids, gels and aerosols from passenger cabins on airliners one day after a thwarted terrorist attack.