Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – November 3, 2014

Tuesday shaping up to be a good one for Republicans. 'Tis the season for dirty political tricks. Opposition building to possible new sites for the Utah State Prison.

Countdown:

  • Days to the 2014 midterm election – 1
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 84
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 129
  • Days to the 2015 election – 365
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 441
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 736

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. New national polls show Republicans are set to have a very good night when election returns come in Tuesday [CNN].
  2. The final days of an election season mean dirty tricks abound [Utah Policy].
  3. Here's why we think Mia Love might win Tuesday [Utah Policy]. Here's why we think Doug Owens might win Tuesday [Utah Policy].
  4. Republican candidates in Davis County are raising campaign cash hand over fist compared to their Democratic opponents [Standard-Examiner].
  5. The Alpine School District elections are taking on a nasty character [Daily Herald].
  6. A judge postpones a preliminary hearing in the criminal case against former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Some of the possible new sites for the Utah State Prison are already generating opposition even though they haven't been officially announced yet [Deseret News].
  8. A police group is taking Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill to task because a suspect in the shooting of an elderly man was released from jail pending investigation [Tribune].
  9. David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, speaks in Salt Lake City on the future of journalism in the digital age [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  10. Both sides in a lawsuit over a 2011 Utah law to crack down on immigration appear close to an agreement [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1911 – The Chevrolet Motor Car Co. was founded in Detroit.
  • 1957 – The Soviet Union launched into orbit Sputnik 2 with a dog named "Laika" on board.
  • 1986 – A Lebanese magazine broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran, a revelation that escalated into the Iran-Contra affair.
  • 2005 – Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, pleaded not guilty to a five-count felony indictment in the CIA leak case.