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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 14, 2014

Utah leaders call for immigration reform. Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is struck down. Utah County could see a population boom by 2050.


  • 41 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 174 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 257 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 538 days to the 2015 elections
  • 614 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 909 days to the 2016 presidential election
Wednesday's Utah political news highlights:
  • Utah leaders once again call on Congress to enact immigration reform [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Aaron Kennard meets with President Obama to urge action on immigration reform [Tribune].
  • Mark Hedengren, a former Congressional candidate in Utah, says the current caucus system stacks the playing field against underfunded candidates [Deseret News].
  • A federal judge strikes down Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional [LA Times].
  • A member of the Salt Lake City School Board says minority parents were excluded from the process when the district hired new principles this year [Tribune].
  • The Orem city council gives preliminary approval to a $92 million budget for next year [Daily Herald].
  • Envision Utah says Utah County could see 1 million more residents by 2050 [Daily Herald].
On this day in history:
  • 1787 - Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draft the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1796 - Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccine.
  • 1804 - The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory left St. Louis.
  • 1904 - The first Olympic games in the United States, held in St. Louis, officially opened.
  • 1948 - The state of Israel was proclaimed as British rule in Palestine ended.
  • 1955 - Representatives from the Soviet Union and seven other communist bloc countries signed the Warsaw Pact in Poland.
  • 1973 - The United States launched Skylab 1, its first manned space station.
  • 1998 - Singer Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82.
  • 1998 - "Seinfeld" aired its final episode.

Today At Utah Policy

Leaders Call on Congress to Enact Immigration Reform...Again
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Workers in Logan and Provo are Late Risers
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Utah is the Most Generous State
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Karl Rove Suggests Hillary Clinton has Brain Damage
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Real flowers better than imaginary energy

Aiming for college? Take 4 years of math, Utah educators say

7 fun facts about Utah's new state tree, the quaking aspen

Former Utah sheriff urges action on immigration reform

Paul Rolly: Visit cool Utah bridge, but don't fall through the cracks

Utah leaders urge immigration reform

Deseret News

Op-ed: As conservative and a Republican, I support the Count My Vote effort

Richard Davis: Those who oppose should be welcomed

Jay Evensen: Will Utahns be smart enough to get around the new texting law?

Editorial: Restoring Wire Act to original purpose would help protect states from Internet gambling

Public land near Great Salt Lake to be closed due to hazardous waste

BLM says it will round up 200 wild horses in Utah

Leaders from six Western states speak as one: Fix nation's broken immigration system


Utah County could see nearly 1 million new residents by 2050 (Daily Herald)

Orem council gets peak at $92 million budget (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Grades are more than competency (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

GOP trio faces questions: Too much like Obama? (Politico)

McConnell puts Reid on the spot for Keystone (The Hill)

WH: Biden's son to Ukraine gas company isn't US endorsement (The Hill)

Senate Dems hammer Obama judge pick Michael Boggs (The Hill)

Filing Misstep May Fell House Veteran Conyers (New York Times)

Christie spokesman says governor new nothing of bridge plot (Christian Science Monitor)

Immigration reform: Congress can still act before midterms, Obama says (Christian Science Monitor)

Rove Draws Clinton Back Into Political Fray With Health Remarks (Bloomberg)

Why Karl Rove Uses Dirty Tricks: They Work (Atlantic)

Obama asked to create commission to investigate VA (USA Today)

Highlights of Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget (Associated Press)

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