A new poll shows that Mitt Romney is still the favored candidate of Iowa caucus-goers but without him in the mix, it's a fairly wide-open race for the 2016 presidential contest. The poll's 2nd place goes to Dr. Ben Carson, a political newcomer, and other possible contenders -- Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry -- are grasping to get a foothold in the first test of the Republican primaries. [Bloomberg]
Topping the news: At a debate between 4th Congressional District candidates, Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens focused on education policy and led to accusations of negative campaigning from both sides. [Trib][DNews][AP][KUTV][Fox13][ABC4]
-> Bob Bernick says neither side of the debate made any major gaffes but they also failed to sway any voters. [UtahPolicy]
-> A scathing report from state Auditor John Dougall shows that the Governor's Office of Economic Development played fast and loose with the rules to hand out some $600 million in tax incentives for some companies. [Trib][DNews][Fox13][UtahPolicy]
Tweet of the day: From @UTJolley: "Doug Owens is pro-Utah but Mia Love is ALSO pro-Utah. How are voters supposed to choose?"
Happy birthday: To Minnesota's Amy Shafer-Angerman and former Trib Editor Nancy Conway.
Tune in: In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Asha Parekh of the Family Justice Center and Jenn Oxborrow of the Utah Department of Human Services join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss prevention policies and programs. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. Mountain Time at sltrib.com.
In other news: A national feminist leader has canceled her speech at USU after learning of death threats and the university's inability to ban firearms at the event. [Trib][DNews]
-> The Defense Department wants to expand the Utah Test and Training Range by as much as 700,000 acres into BLM and school trust lands. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on how the GOP really feels about another possible presidential run by Mitt Romney. [Trib]
-> Utah could have up to a $200 million surplus in its budget, according to new tax revenue numbers. [UtahPolicy]
-> Paul Rolly notes that a flier sent to Utahns hits Gov. Gary Herbert for following the Supreme Court decision that led to same-sex marriage even though he had to do so legally. [Trib]
-> SL County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton talks about women in politics, planning for the future of the county and clean air and transportation. [UtahPolicy] She also faces a lightning round of questions. [UtahPolicy]
-> According to WalletHub, a personal finance social network, Utah has the least amount of student debt. [Trib]
Nationally: A decision by the Supreme Court has allowed Texas' remaining abortion clinics to stay open by blocking a state law that would have imposed strict requirements on abortion providers. [Politico][NYTimes]
-> According to a new study, Democrats hold a slight edge in the Senate ad wars during this year's midterm elections. [LATimes]
->Financial analysts have calculated that the possible effect of Ebola on the global economy may end up costing as much as $32.6 billion by the end of 2015. [NYTimes]
-> According to a report by the World Health Organization, the mortality rated in West Africa has risen to 70 percent and there could be as many as 10,000 new cases of Ebola by December. [WaPost][NYTimes][WSJ]
Where are they?
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends interim day, speaks to UVU leadership forum and greets Angolan Consul General at Utah State Capitol building.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams hits the Mayors Conference on Entrepeneurship.
- SLC Mayor Ralph Becker joins a Conference call with Policy Consensus Initiative finance committee and preps for a National League of Cities presentation.
- President Barack Obama participates in a video conference with his British, French, German, and Italian counterparts, delivers remarks and answers questions at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event in New Jersey and ends his day delivering remarks at a campaign rally with Connecticut Democrats featuring Governor Dan Malloy.
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-- Thomas Burr and Mallory Jesperson
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