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Thursday, April 10, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 10, 2014

Arguments are set for today in Utah's appeal of the Amendment 3 ruling. Reyes asks a court to halt same-sex adoptions. Assistant Attorney General placed on leave as part of the Swallow investigation.


  • 15 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 75 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 208 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 291 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 571 days to the 2015 elections
  • 636 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 942 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • It's D-Day for the appeal of a ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has asked a court to halt same-sex adoptions in Utah while the state appeals the Amendment 3 ruling [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Investigators want a cell phone belonging toAssistant Attorney General Kirk Torgensen as part of the criminal probe into former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow [City Weekly, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake and Utah County nominating conventions are this weekend [Tribune].
  • The Utah GOP looks to avoid a repeat of the convention speech shenanigans that happened in 2012 [Utah Policy].
  • The BLM is trying to figure out how to minimize damage from an oil leak in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument [Tribune].
  • Federal regulators are taking a closer look at a proposed change to the joint-operating agreement between the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune [Tribune].
  • A program that distributes free mass transit passesto help reduce pollution had a significant impact over the last couple of months [Tribune].
  • Former Gov. Mike Leavitt is named a "Giant in Our City" by the Salt Lake Chamber [Tribune].
  • The new federal courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City is set to open [Tribune].
  • The annual 4th of July fireworks show in Sugar House Park is about to go kaput for lack of funding [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1866 - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was incorporated.
  • 1912 - The luxury liner Titanic set sail from England on its ill-fated maiden voyage.
  • 1925 - "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald was first published.
  • 1932 - Adolf Hitler came in second in the election for German president.
  • 1947 - Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson, paving the way for Robinson to become the first black player in the major leagues.
  • 1992 - Financier Charles Keating was sentenced to nine years in prison for fraud when his Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed.
  • 2001 - The Netherlands legalized mercy killings and assisted suicide.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Sparks fly as councilman grills Becker ally about conflicts

Leavitt named a Giant In Our City

Citizens sought to study unincorporated area issues

A.G.'s office puts former Swallow/Shurtleff deputy on leave

BLM studying how to contain Grand Staircase oil damage

Utah's Republicans and Democrats to pick candidates

Utah asks appeals court to block judge's orders in adoption cases

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: A tax code no one understands - is this any way to fund a country?

Editorial: Immigration as 'an act of love'

Utah State University lowers tuition for online classes

Ex-chief deputy A.G. placed on leave day after search warrant is unsealed

Utah A.G. asks appeals court to stay judge-approved same-sex adoptions

All eyes focused on the 10th Circuit Court


RC Willey unveils new store concept (Daily Herald)

Civil rights advocates, Ogden police official debate tactics (Standard-Examiner)

Tami Pyfer, governor's education director, tours Cache High School (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Defectors rise on Ryan budget (The Hill)

Lawmaker: US needs to share intel with Ukraine (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton not running (yet), but groups use her name to raise money (Reuters)

Gender pay gap bill faces tough road in Senate (Associated Press)

Under fire, Brandeis cancels plan to honor anti-Islam feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Christian Science Monitor)

Quixotic bid to boost lawmakers' pay falls short (Associated Press)

Republicans Seek Criminal Inquiry of Former I.R.S. Official (New York Times)

2016 Iowa Poll: Clinton vs. TBA Republican (CNN)

An Art Expert Reviews George W. Bush's Paintings (People)

No love here: Why Jeb Bush is losing the conservative pundit primary (FOX News)

Report: Exchanges yield more specialty drug claims (Associated Press)

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