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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 13, 2014

"Count My Vote" gears up to defend against a legal challenge. The BLM may press charges against protestors who drove into Recapture Canyon over the weekend. Okerlund not sure he's physically up for another term in Senate leadership.


  • 42 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 175 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 258 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 539 days to the 2015 elections
  • 615 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 910 days to the 2016 presidential election
Tuesday's Utah political news highlights:
  • Organizers of the "Count My Vote" group are getting ready to defend the compromise reached with lawmakers from a legal challenge [Deseret News].
  • The Bureau of Land Management is weighing possible charges against the protestors who rode ATV's into Recapture Canyon over the weekend [Daily Herald].
  • Despite the legislature passing a measure prohibiting Utah from complying with the REAL ID Act, the state has passed a number of separate laws that accomplish just that [Tribune].
  • Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund says he's not sure he will run for another term in that position [Utah Policy].
  • Homelessness in Utah falls 10-percent from last year [Deseret News].
  • The BLMis set to unveil their plan to lease land for energy exploration near Moab [Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake County Council comes down on the side of preserving open space along the Jordan River [Tribune].
  • The Environmental Protection Agency announces a financial settlement with Chevron for a number of oil spills in Utah [Tribune].
  • Utah leaders kick off their annual campaign to foster respect on the roads for cyclists [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1607 - An English colony was settled at Jamestown in what is now Virginia.
  • 1846 - The United States declared a state of war existed against Mexico.
  • 1958 - Vice President Richard Nixon's limousine was attacked withrocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 1981 - Pope John Paul II was shot in St. Peter's Square by a Turkish assailant.
  • 1985 - Philadelphia police dropped an explosive onto the headquarters of the radical group MOVE; 11 people died in the resulting fire.

Today At Utah Policy

Okerlund Not Sure About Running for Senate Leadership
State Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund says he feels better today than he has in years, but will wait until closer to the November leadership elections to decide whether he wants to run again for the second most powerful leadership post in Utah's 29-member Senate....

Poll Could Mean Bad News for Democrats in November
Voters are much less enthusiastic about going to the polls in November than they were in 2010 according to a new survey....

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Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Will Romney or Huntsman Run Again in 2016
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: ATV riders do damage to a bad cause

352 new laws take effect in Utah Tuesday

Utah didn't mean to, but complies with REAL ID Act

Utah's roads are big enough for cars and bikes, leaders say

Audience will determine who wins Utah public lands debate

Turning over a new leaf - Utah adopts the aspen as its state tree

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: Jobs and climate - Painting a complete picture

Editorial: The debate over the legality of requiring same-sex marriage has only just begun

Fight over Count My Vote may not be over yet

BLM's Moab leasing plan to debut

Homelessness down 10% in Utah from previous year

Ranking Utah's counties by population - and by which stadium they'd fit in


Editorial: Utah's cattle graze (Standard-Examiner)

Dark side of school immersion programs (Standard-Examiner)

New Utah teachers 'on the bubble' (Standard-Examiner)

New law raises penalty for manual use of phone while driving (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

John Boehner can't promise another 2 years as speaker (Politico)

When will Boehner turn to immigration? (The Hill)

Boehner: Dem boycott won't impede (The Hill)

GOP Senate candidates stumble on minimum wage hike (The Hill)

For Democrats, Midterm Peril Lies in the Public's Mood (Wall Street Journal)

Boehner Says He's Nudged Jeb Bush on Presidency (ABC News)

Justices' jabs reveal ideological, partisan splits (USA Today)

White House, Democrats calibrate how best to play Benghazi probe (Reuters)

Poll: McConnell Up Big Over Bevin, in Dead Heat with Grimes (WKU)

Glenn Greenwald trashes Hillary Clinton as too hawkish (Politico)

Virginia First To Release Post-Obamacare Premium Proposals: Rate Hikes For All (Daily Caller)

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