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Monday, May 19, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 19, 2014

Will Utah bring back the firing squad? Rep. Ken Ivory's all-consuming quest to gain control of public lands. Utah Supreme Court halts same-sex adoptions.


  • 36 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 169 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 252 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 533 days to the 2015 elections
  • 609 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 904 days to the 2016 presidential election
Monday's Utah political news highlights:
  • The Utah Supreme Court halts same-sex adoptions in the state pending the outcome of the Amendment 3 court appeal [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Paul Ray wants Utah to reinstate the firing squad following a botched execution in Oklahoma last month [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Ken Ivory's quest to wrest control of public lands from the federal government has become his signature issue, and his livelihood [Tribune].
  • A GOP call center in Provo aims to help Republicans across the country win elections come November [Deseret News].
  • Utah's unemployment rate hits a five-year low [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Which local paper has the largest circulation? [Tribune]
  • The University of Utah is $400 million behind on repairs to buildings on campus [Deseret News].
  • The University of Utah says they will keep their "Red Zone" stores open through 2017 [Tribune].
  • Anti-education groups may be gaining influence on the State Board of Education [Tribune].
  • A new memorial to Utah's servicemen and women is unveiled in front of the Sandy City Hall [Utah Policy].
On this day in history:
  • 1536 - Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's King Henry VIII, was beheaded after being convicted of adultery.
  • 1588 - The Spanish Armada set sail for England.
  • 1643 - The colonies of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor formed the New England Confederation.
  • 1925 - Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • 1962 - Actress Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" for President John F. Kennedy during a fundraiser in New York.
  • 1967 - The Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain banning nuclear weapons from outer space.
  • 1992 - The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises, went into effect.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Are anti-education factions gaining control over education?

Op-ed: State alternative-fuel policy must weigh all options

Editorial: Ruling undermines public trust in police

Editorial: Medicaid delay puts profits ahead of people

Utah's jobless rate slips to 3.8 percent in April

Q & A: Livestock grazing on public lands

Utah Rep. Ken Ivory's quest for state control of public lands is all-consuming

As Western range suffers, should Utah cull wildlife?

Utah Supreme Court halts same-sex adoption cases

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Cliven Bundy and Tim DeChristopher: Is civil disobedience ever justified?

Lane Beattie: Fiber: Lighting the future of Utah's econom

Willie Grayeyes: Preserving our shared public lands

Scott Miller: The public interest in public lands

Phil Lyman: The BLM hasn't kept its own rules

Chris Stewart: The deficit of trust between America and our government

John Florez: Life between the railroad tracks

Editorial: Deferred maintenance costs for university buildings can balloon without proper planning

Editorial: Social impact bonds offer a way to get measurable results for social service investments

Sen. Orrin Hatch tops list of senators who've passed the most laws

Utah Supreme Court issues stay in same-sex adoption cases

Utah home to Republican National Committee 'Victory Center'

Utah unemployment rate dips to five-year low in April


Northern Utah County cities facing explosive growth (Daily Herald)

Farmington mayor accuses UDOT of road trickery (Standard-Examiner)

Gov. Herbert explores PCCAPS program (Park Record)

National Headlines

Patrick worries about 'inevitability' of Clinton (Politico)

Priebus: Hillary may rethink run (Politico)

As Hillary White House run looms, questions linger about Bill (The Hill)

GOP targets consumer bureau (The Hill)

Bloomberg defends Hillary from Karl Rove's attacks (New York Post)

Kerry Tells Yale Grads to Keep Faith in Government (Associated Press)

Veterans advocate says it's time for 'swift accountability' in VA scandal (FOX News)

Obama reshuffling cabinet with Shaun Donovan to OMB, Julian Castro to HUD (Washington Times)

Piketty: The Market and Private Property Should Be The Slaves of Democracy (Real News Network)

Are feds trying to run down clock on Ky. hemp seeds? (USA Today)

Schumer proposing plan to deal with student loan debt (NY1)

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