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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 16, 2014

Reyes could be held in contempt of court over gay adoptions. UTA installing video cameras on buses and trains. Utah's cost of living is flat, but don't get too comfortable.


  • 39 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 172 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 255 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 536 days to the 2015 elections
  • 612 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 907 days to the 2016 presidential election
Friday's Utah political news highlights:
  • A judge has ordered Attorney General Sean Reyes to explain why the state is blocking same-sex couples who were married after Amendment 3 was ruled unconstitutional from adopting children. If his answer is deemed insufficient, he could be held in contempt of court [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A report says the Sundance Film Festival generated more than $85 million for Utah last year [Deseret News].
  • The Utah Transit Authority is spending $2.5 million to install video cameras on all of their trains and buses [Tribune].
  • Utah's cost of living did not jump very much last month, but experts say higher gasoline and utility costs are on the horizon [Tribune].
  • The Lake Powell ferry is waiting for replacement parts to be manufactured, pushing the expected opening of this year's season back to July [Tribune].
  • Sen. Aaron Osmond is exploring legislation to have Utah ditch daylight saving time [Daily Herald].
  • Bob Bernick says the woes of the Salt Lake Tribune come down to one thing - money [Utah Policy].
On this day in history:
  • 1868 - The U.S. Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson on the first of 11 articles of impeachment against him.
  • 1929 - The first Academy Awards were presented during a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
  • 1990 - Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. died at age 64.
  • 1990 - Jim Henson, creator of the "Muppets," died at the age of 53.
  • 2001 - Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen was indicted on charges of spying for Russia.
  • 2005 - Newsweek magazine retracted a story that claimed investigators had found evidence that the Quran was desecrated by interrogators at the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Salt Lake has a chance to shrink class sizes

Utah cost of living mostly flat but higher transportation, utility costs loom

Utah rancher who led fight against MX missiles, 'water grab' dies

BLM to pull 200 horses from Utah's West Desert

Paul Rolly: Public exposure delays asbestos exposure at West

Deseret News

Op-ed: Who controls the environmental debate?

Op-ed: Marriage crisis is not driving income inequality, but the latter may be causing the former

Op-ed: Looking for business growth? Don't overlook international trade

Editorial: Minimum wage hike would cut jobs and hamper economy

How generous is your state? Utah ranks first, New York last, study says

Report: Sundance Film Festival generated $86.4M for Utah in 2014

Gov. Gary Herbert praises Park City School District program

Herbert praises STEM education at ceremonial bill signing

Judge orders Attorney General Sean Reyes to explain actions on same-sex adoption decree


Lawmaker proposes ditching daylight saving time (Daily Herald)

Herbert celebrates state's STEM funding at UVU (Daily Herald)

Editorial: A foolish ATV endeavor (Standard-Examiner)

Tense session over UTOPIA build-out fees (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Why Jill Abramson's departure will ricochet (Politico)

Eric Shinseki 'mad as hell' over VA scandal (Politico)

Senate GOP anger at Reid boiling over (The Hill)

GOP blocks tax breaks bill (The Hill)

Obama judicial nominees delivered double blow as Reid, Paul voice opposition (Fox News)

Longtime U.S. Congressman Conyers sues to join primary ballot (Reuters)

New EPA Rule Cracks Down on Oil Refinery Air Pollution (Environmental News Service)

Senate Panel Votes to End U.S. Giants in Mortgages (New York Times)

Drought creates tinderbox for wildfires in southwest USA (USA Today)

Why do fast-food workers strike? No occupation is lower paid. (Christian Science Monitor)

Inflation Picks Up, Stirring Talk on Fed Policy (Wall Street Journal)

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