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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 20, 2014

Utah must recognize same-sex marriages performed in the state. Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage struck down. Lawmakers consider the future of the Utah State Fairpark.


  • 35 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 168 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 251 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 532 days to the 2015 elections
  • 608 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 903 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • A judge rules Utah must recognize the same-sex marriages performed in the state following the decision striking down Amendment 3 [Tribune,Deseret News,Daily Herald].
  • A federal judge strikes down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage [National Journal].
  • Does the Deseret News have "veto power" over any sale of the Salt Lake Tribune? [Utah Policy]
  • The Tribune starts to experiment with sponsored content to boost revenue [City Weekly].
  • Lawmakers are taking a hard look at the future of the Utah State Fairpark [Deseret News].
  • President Obama will set aside 500,000 acres in New Mexico as a national monument on Wednesday. Rep. Rob Bishop is urging Obama to not take that step [Tribune].
  • Environmentalists have filed suit to block a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to open land in the Uintah Basin to oil drilling [Tribune].
  • The Bureau of Land Management will start selling leases for energy exploration on 100,000 acres in Southern Utah [Tribune].
  • Enrollment at Utah's colleges and universities is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1506 - Christopher Columbus died in Spain.
  • 1861 - North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.
  • 1861 - The capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, Alabama to Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1927 - Charles Lindbergh took off for Paris from New York on the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1932 - Amelia Earhart took off for Ireland from Newfoundland to become the first women to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1961 - A mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order.
  • 1969 - U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured "Hamburger Hill" following one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.
  • 1989 - Comedian Gilda Radner died of cancer at the age of 42.
  • 1993 - The final episode of "Cheers" aired on NBC.
  • 1995 - President Bill Clinton announced the two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House would be permanently closed to traffic.

Today At Utah Policy

Does the Deseret News Really Have 'Veto Power' Over the Tribune?
A column I wrote last Friday about the financial troubles at The Salt Lake Tribune has received a number of comments and emails....

Rural Populations Becoming Increasingly Male Dominated
A new study says the population in midwestern rural areas is becoming increasingly male-dominated....

Congressional Candidate says Democrats are Responsible for Most Mass Shootings
An Arizona Congressional candidate says most of the people who carry out mass shootings are Democrats....

Huntsman Needs to Get Mean in 2016
If Jon Huntsman decides to run for president again in 2016, he might be able to get some traction, and perhaps win, by getting a little bit meaner than he was in 2012....

Featured Items

Hatch Most Successful Lawmaker in Congress?
A new analysis shows thatSen. Orrin Hatch has sponsored or cosponsored more laws passed by Congressthan any of his colleagues....

Sold-Out Inaugural Outdoor Recreation Summit Draws Attention to Utah's Recreation Economy and Unique Natural Assets
While the 60,000-acre land exchange in Eastern Utah got most of the national publicity during the Governor's first Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit last week in Salt Lake City, the sold-out event proved to be an unprecedented gathering of outdoor-related stakeholders ready to ...

Top Billing: Meet the Docs who Charge Medicare Top Dollar for Office Visits
Office visits are the bread and butter of many physicians' practices. Medicare pays for more than 200 million of them a year, often to deal with routine problems like colds or high blood pressure. Most require relatively modest amounts of a doctor's time or medical know-how....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Is the Tea Party Waning?
2014 has not been kind to the Tea Party as many of their candidates are losing in primary elections across the country. Our "political insiders" and readers weigh in on whether this is the start of a long-term decline for the Tea Party or just a temporary setback....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Patent reform will benefit Utah business

Op-ed: Is Macquarie a good deal for UTOPIA cities? The math says yes

Editorial: Even though it's legal, don't talk and drive

Residents call for audit of Mulligans, S. Jordan finances

Utah suit seeks to block latest Uinta drilling project

Feds to lease 100,000 acres in southern Utah for oil, gas drilling

Utah college enrollment boom coming after Mormon missionary drop

For pedestrians, Utah's streets are safer than most

Deseret News

John Hoffmire: The inexorable logic of financial literacy

Editorial: Close-minded universities flirt with irrelevance as they exclude commencement speakers

Vexing mussels: Officials concede defeat at Lake Powell, seek to contain invasive species

Federal judge orders recognition of same-sex marriages performed in Utah


Op-ed: Standard not forward thinking in its UTOPIA editorial (Standard-Examiner)

Shoddy work led to F-22 maintenance moved to Hill AFB (Standard-Examiner)

ATK parts made in Utah helped launch GPS satellite (Standard-Examiner)

Albrecht's tenure: Nine years into job, USU president longest serving in state (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

POLITICO poll shows mounting danger for Dems (Politico)

White House hints Obama to address Veterans Affairs scandal (The Hill)

Obama backs off drone strikes (The Hill)

VA inspector general's office was reportedly told of wait lists months before scandal broke (FOX News)

Arrest of blogger further roils bitter Mississippi Senate primary (Los Angeles Times)

Udall, Heinrich Celebrate Organ Mountains National Monument Designation (KRWG)

Cabinet positions are lousy launching pads to the vice presidency (Washington Post)

Geithner: Saving Big Banks Was the 'Moral Thing to Do' (Fiscal Times)

Nearly 82,000 gain Medicaid, another 63,000 lose it (Chippewa Herald)

EPA mulls ethanol change as industry profits soar (Associated Press)

Reverse repo tool should be in Fed's toolkit: Williams (Reuters)

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Lighter Side

Idaho Ban
"A federal judge ruled . . . . that Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, so now it's legal for gay couples to get married. Idaho's gay people all cheered from their homes in San Francisco and New York." Jimmy Fallon Political Humor

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