Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Poll shows Love/Owens race is getting closer. Owens and Love face off in their final debate. Report says Utah's economic good times should continue next year.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 4
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 87
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 132
  • Days to the 2015 election – 371
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 444
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 739

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our final election poll shows Mia Love with a 5-point lead over Doug Owens [Utah Policy].
  2. Love and Owens meet in their last debate before the election [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Bob Bernick wonders if Owens has enough time before next week's election to catch Love [Utah Policy].
  4. House Speake John Boehner wants to expand the GOP majority in the House [The Hill].
  5. Unopposed incumbent lawmakers are raising campaign cash hand over fist [Tribune].
  6. Utah's economy should keep chugging along at a rapid clip next year according to a new report [Deseret News].
  7. The Legislature's Prison Relocation Commission may extend their timeline for naming the possible locations for the new facility [Deseret News].
  8. A proposed change in zoning in Sugarhouse has some residents worried that it could change the character of a popular retail area [Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams nominates Karen Crompton and Holly Yocom to positions within Salt Lake County government [Tribune].
  10. A new survey shows Utahns want Utah lawmakers to tackle ethics reform [Deseret News].

Today in history:

  • 1517 – Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, sparking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.
  • 1864 – Nevada became the 36th state.
  • 1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam.
  • 2005 – President George W. Bush nominated Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court