News roundup:Poll shows Dems could take back the House
Published: October 21, 2013 09:13AM
Updated: October 21, 2013 07:10AM
| AP file photo The Capitol dome is silhouetted as the sun rises in Washington.

Poll: Democrats could take back the House. GOP moderates time to shine. Election Day nears for Utahns.

Happy Monday. A new poll shows that Democrats may have a shot of taking back the House in 2014, more evidence of the damage the government shutdown may have on the Republican's electoral chances. The survey by Public Policy Polling, and paid for by, shows 15 Republicans in 25 GOP-held seats were trailing to a generic Democrat, and when survey respondents were told their GOP member supported the shutdown effort, Democrats fared even better. [HuffPost]

Topping the news: The current rift between the GOP and the tea party movement could create an opportunity for Republican moderates to shine. [BuzzFeed]

-> As Election Day nears, a variety of ballot issues face Utah communities including, bonds, taxes and city consolidation. [Trib]

-> Monday is the last day for Utahns to register in person, or online before Election Day on Nov. 5. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @Redistrict: "It's true: "perfect storm" of self-sorting, gerrymandering, and straight-ticket voting acting in synergy = current House polarization."

Congrats: To Alexander Castagno, a Hinckley intern at Rep. Jason Chaffetz's office who proposed to Katie Barrett at the U.S. Capitol. She said yes.

Opinion section: Utah State University professor Nichlas Emmons says that for America to be truly exceptional, it needs to be the leader in international environmental procedures and policies. [Trib]

-> George Pyle says the Canadian poll that said same-sex couples' children have a lower graduation rate than a "traditional" couples needs get its facts straight before passing judgment. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly says the GOP gave up a great negotiator in former Sen. Bob Bennett for the circus antics of Sen. Mike Lee. [Trib]

-> Rolly also talks about a the possibility of a Hillary Clinton-Jon Huntsman ticket in 2016. Of course, the Facebook page pushing the idea only has 17 likes. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on how tea party Republicans are like the Confederacy. [Trib]

-> Former state Rep. David Irvine say that Count My Vote is exactly what Utah needs to fix the broken delegate system. [Trib]

-> Ryan Evans, a vice president for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, says that programs like the Clean Air Champions will improve the economy and get more businesses to relocate to Utah. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake attorney Donald Winder slams the Move to Amend proposal that says businesses are not people, and not constitutionally protected. [Trib]

-> The editor at large of National Review Online says that the nation should be listening to Sen. Mike Lee. [NRO]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says the call for a third party won't work out and the GOP isn't anything like the Whigs. [DNews]

Weekend in review: Former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell will lead the Utah Hospital Association and help shape the policies of the dozens of Utah hospitals. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The Utah Supreme Court overturned Ogden's injunction that barred Ogden Trece gang members from associating with each other in public. [DNews]

-> The Taylorsville Fire Department could be absorbed into the Unified Fire Service Area, depending on the city's election results. [Trib]

-> There aren't many supporters of the Count My Vote effort in the Cache Valley. [HJNews]

-> From our D.C. Notebook: Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., jokes about Utah being liberal, Sen. Orrin Hatch is still raising campaign funds and he praised former Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis. [Trib]

-> In Salt Lake City Council's District 5, one candidate is all about public safety, while the other wants to see more economic growth. [Trib]

-> The voters in Salt Lake City's Council District 7 will vote between a self-described fiscal conservative who wants the government to work for the people, or a right-leaning libertarian who wants to downsize the government. [Trib]

-> BYU's upcoming forum and devotional speakers include a conservative columnists George Will and Peggy Noonan. [DNews]

-> Sherman Clow is pushing for Salt Lake City Council's District 3 City Councilman Stan Penfold's seat, and running on issues of parking and the Sugar House Streetcar. [Trib]

Nationally: The glitch-plagued website is getting help from experts from across the government and the private sector to rewrite code and make more improvements. [WaPost] [NYTimes]

-> President Barack Obama finds the glitches on the website unacceptable and will address the nation about its problems. [Politico] [CNN]

-> The White House will open for public tours on a limited basis and hosts its semi-annual garden and grounds tour. [WaPost]

-> Big Republican donors are trying to persuade the party to move towards the middle on the issue of same-sex marriages as they believe opposition to it is a major problem. [WaPost]

-> Campaign donations are coming in for the upcoming 2014 elections, and members of the tea party aren't contributing to the National Republican Congressional Committee. [Politico]

-> Former Vice President Dick Cheney thought someone could kill him remotely because of his pacemaker, an idea depicted in one episode of Homeland. [Politico] [CNN]

-> A waitress who paid the tab of furloughed soldiers during the shutdown received a $10,000 check from Ellen DeGeneres. [LATimes]

Where are they?

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-- Thomas Burr and Jordan Bailey