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Tough News for Democrats

Washington Post-ABC News poll: "Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama's approval rating at a new low, and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president's agenda." Support for Obamacare also continues to decline.

Countdown:

  • 56 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 187 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 271 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 551 days to the 2015 elections
  • 616 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 922 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today's Utah political news highlights:

  • Opinion: LaVarr Webb notes what must be done to prepare for a doubling of Utah's population by 2050 (Utah Policy).
  • Sen. Mike Lee says most House members want to pass immigration reform, but they want to do it incrementally (Washington Times).
  • Utah could lose more than $400 million in federal transportation funds if Congress does not act quickly, but Utah transportation agencies expect Congress to at least maintain current funding levels (Tribune).
  • Gov. Gary Herbert is criticized by a wild horse advocacy group for saying the horse population should be reduced even by "taking down" some horses if necessary (Deseret News).
  • Australian firm Macquarie Capital Group wants to take over struggling municipal fiber-optic network UTOPIA (Tribune).
  • Miller family, owner of the Utah Jazz, supports Clippers owner Donald Sterling's ouster from the NBA (Tribune).
  • New law allows liquor licenses to be bought and sold on the open market (Deseret News).
  • Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index shows Utah's economy continues to grow (Deseret News).
  • Congressman Chris Stewart says the BLM doesn't need a SWAT team and he wants to cut funding for federal agency law enforcement (Tribune).
  • Opinion: Jay Evensen says Cliven Bundy makes it harder to solve western land issues (Deseret News).
  • Opinion: Richard Davis says public opinion is shifting against the death penalty (Deseret News).
  • Editorial: State shouldn't continue to pursue ownership of R.S.2477 roads (Tribune).
  • Provo buys Rock Canyon for $1.1 million (Tribune) (Deseret News).


Today At Utah Policy

Lee: House GOP Wants 'Step by Step' Immigration Reform
Sen. Mike Lee argues thatHouse Republicans, while not opposed to immigration reform in principle, are wary of the all-encompassing legislation approved by the Senate in 2013....

Nation GOP Changing Processes to Benefit Presidential Nominee
Don't expect to see two dozen debates between the 2016 Republican presidential candidates, nor "biased" questions from debate moderators.Oh, and the National Republican Convention in 2016?It won't be in August, the traditional month, but in July.The changes, says Utah GOP Na...

Lee Pushes to Reform GOP for 2016 and Beyond
Sen. Mike Lee is operating a "shadow party" within the GOP, developinga conservative reform agenda that he hopes will serve as inspiration for Republicanpresidential candidates in 2016....

Featured Items

Prepare Today for Twice as Many People
Research conducted by Utah Foundation indicates that Utah's population may nearly double by 2050. That seems like a long ways away, but it's really not. I won't be around, but my newly-born granddaughter will only be 36 in 2050. She'll probably have a young family by then.So...

Office of Energy Development to Host Utah Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan Virtual Town Hall
Interested stakeholders and the general public are invited to participate in the finalization of the Utah Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan (EECP)...

Rhetoric is Easy; Governing is Difficult
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a veritable rock star among Republican base voters, as evidenced by his reception at the recent Western Republican meetings in Salt Lake City. Cruz can toss out the red meat and work up a crowd with the best of them. Lots of conservative Republicans wo...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: State trapped on faux roads and hoax highways

Utahns' consumer confidence hits new high

Conservative group linked to Orrin Hatch sues IRS

Share of Latinos who are immigrants is declining

Utah could lose $400M in transportation funds

Provo reaches $1.1M deal to preserve Rock Canyon

Utah's Stewart: BLM doesn't need a 'SWAT team'

Deseret News

Op-ed: Liquid natural gas exports threaten US jobs

Jay Evensen: Cliven Bundy makes it harder to solve Western land issues

Editorial: New bill tackles laudable effort of curbing veteran suicide

Report shows local economy continues to grow

Provo buys 80 acres of land to preserve Rock Canyon

New law allows Utah liquor licenses to be bought and sold

Gov. Gary Herbert slammed for wild horse comments

Other

National GOP calling on Utah County to help win back the Senate (Daily Herald)

Editorial: A Utah population bomb (Standard-Examiner)

Summit County's incumbent GOP state legislators win nominations (Park Record)

Donna McAleer, Democratic winner, lambasts Rep. Rob Bishop (Park Record)

National Headlines

President Obama's approval rating falls to new low: poll (New York Daily News)

Inhofe: EPA may have delayed carbon rule to help Dems in election (The Hill)

Reid in talks to hold Keystone vote (The Hill)

Boehner: No 'secret conspiracy' to jam through immigration overhaul (The Hill)

Christian college fires John Boehner challenger over 'electile dysfunction' ad (New York Daily News)

Eric Cantor to Vance McAllister: 'Resign' (Politico)

Plotter recalls al-Qaida brainstorming targets (Associated Press)

Senator: E-mails show how Benghazi story shaped (USA Today)

Oklahoma Set for Double Execution Amid Storm Over Lethal-Drug Secrecy (New York Times)

'The markets are not rigged,' insists US official (Sydney Morning Herald)

Yellen's Quest for Clarity Over Rates Leaves Some Saying: What? (Bloomberg)





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