Billionaires who pushed immigration reform now silent. BYU pulls same-sex marriage cards. Poll: Utahns not shifting on gay marriage.
Happy Thursday. Three billionaires -- Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Citigroup executive Carlos Gutierrez -- spent millions last year to push immigration reform that ended up going nowhere. Now, with the midterm elections some two months away, the trio have been silent. They haven't purchased ads in states with key races or intend to. [Politico]
Topping the news: Mitt Romney has said no to a third presidential run but a new poll shows he's got the most support of the potential 2016 field. In fact, the generic "other candidate" is in second place. [Trib]
-> Utahns attitudes toward same-sex marriage haven't changed much in the last several years, according to a new poll. [UtahPolicy]
Tweets of the day: From @jimgeraghty: "The Ice Bucket Challenge will continue in January to promote Hypothermia Awareness."
From @UtahProbs: "ALS Ice Bucket challenge but instead of ice it's donuts and I dump them in my mouth and I don't record it because no one needs to see that"
Happy Birthday: To state Rep. Michael Morley and Kat Boden Dayton.
In other news: Protestors gathered in Salt Lake City to call attention to fatal officer-involved shootings in Ferguson and here in Utah, and to ask for more transparency in the investigations. [Trib][Fox13]
-> Former state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski may be eyeing a run for Salt Lake City mayor and a group has been polling to test the waters. [UtahPolicy]
-> The LDS Church has used the Internet to seek out new members and explain the faith but it's also been a double-edged sword as some members have found themselves in trouble for what they posted online. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City has hired a California attorney to handle the infringement dispute between the city's Comic Con and San Diego's Comic-Con. [Trib]
-> Ute Tribe officials are celebrating a new deal that will protect some areas of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation from development while also letting the tribe and state partner on oil and gas exploration in other areas. [Trib]
-> A judge has ordered a $5 million bond posted by the United Effort Plan trust in order to keep assets accessible during the group's pre-trial appeal to Utah's Supreme Court. [Trib]
-> A charter school in Pleasant Grove opened its doors to students with Autism in 2006, but demand for its unique education process has soared. [Trib]
Nationally: President Barack Obama said the world was "appalled" by the beheading of American journalist James Foley, but vowed that it will not change U.S. military strategy in Iraq. [NYTimes][WaPost][WSJ][LATimes]
-> Pentagon officials say the military carried out a secret operation earlier this summer to retrieve hostages, including Foley, but the hostages had already been moved by the time the plan was put into place. [NYTimes][LATimes][WSJ][WaPost][Examiner]
-> Former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, charged with abusing his official capacity while in office, took the stand and spoke of how his marriage perpetuated his situation. [WaPost][NYTimes][Politico]
-> As tensions lighten in Ferguson, Attorney General Eric H. Holder paid a visit, and his first stop was to a college to speak with community members about their relations with the local police force. [NYTimes][Politico]
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