Topping the news: A candidate for the Weber County Commission was part of an alleged network that allegedly bullied employees into voting for a particular Republican sheriff candidate. [Trib]
-> Jay Seegmiller, Democratic candidate for Utah's 2nd district, says his GOP rival Chris Stewart's consulting firm for accepting federal stimulus money and millions in government contracts. [Trib]
-> Obama pulls resources out of North Carolina as the race tightens. [HuffPost]
Happy birthday: To state Rep. Douglas Aagard and a special birthday shout out to intern extraordinaire Betsy Blanchard. On Saturday, send your birthday wishes to former Rep. Chris Cannon and BYU's David Magelby.
Tweet of the day: From @mckaycoppins: "It feels like the Obama campaign is falling into same trap Romney did over the summer, when they let every Biden 'gaffe' drive their message."
In other news: Notable Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, join the final push for Mia Love's campaign. [Trib]
-> Rep. Ron Paul received a warm welcome at Utah Valley University on Thursday. [DNews]
-> Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says Chinese officials worked to cancel an event he was scheduled to speak at, though Huntsman originally claimed it was his visa that was canceled. [Trib]
-> The state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent in September from 5.8 percent in August. [DNews]
-> Utah's Olympic Exploratory Committee pushes for a 2026 Salt Lake City Winter Games. [DNews]
-> Paul Rolly discusses Stansbury High's heroism, a twilight zone moment and the noteworthy 1971 graduating class of East High. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick notes the judicial retention issues on your ballot this year. [UtahPolicy]
-> The Trib's Thomas Burr talks with KCPW's Jeff Robinson about Mia Love's strong fund-raising quarter. [KCPW]
2012 watch: Former President Bill Clinton said it's true that the economy is "not fixed" but Obama has a better plan to fix it than Romney. [FoxNews] [Examiner]
-> Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan jumped on Clinton's comment. [CNN] [CBSNews]
-> Pants on fire: At Tuesday's debate, Obama said Romney called Arizona's handling of immigration a "model for the nation" a claim that has since proved false. [NBCNews]
-> Ann Romney makes a solo appearance on ABC's "The View" after her husband canceled, citing scheduling conflicts. She was grilled on her abortion stance and why none of her sons served in the military. [WaPost] [FoxNews] She told the hosts that her husband would retire from politics if he loses in November. [Globe]
-> It's all about the ladies: The Obama website now features an equal sign in its "FORWARD" logo a click will take you to a page on women's issues, "equal pay for equal work" as its headliner. [WaPost]
-> Registered female voters rank abortion as the top issue for swing state women this election cycle. [Gallup]
-> Graduate students from Utah State University polled Utah voters on their presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial preferences, revealing sizable victories for the Republican candidate in each race. [UtahDataPoints]
-> An 80-year-old woman was arrested for taking down three posters of Obama adorned with Hitler mustaches. [Politico] [APviaABCNews]
Where are they?
WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends a Gen X GOP lunch at Hires with Gov. Gary Herbert.
President Barack Obama campaigns in New Hampshire.
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