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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 21, 2014

Love and Owens debate for the first time. Herbert says Utah's economy is creating jobs at a breakneck pace. Salt Lake County to build new District Attorney offices.


  • 34 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 167 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 250 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 531 days to the 2015 elections
  • 607 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 902 days to the 2016 presidential election
Wednesday's Utah political news highlights:
  • The first debate between Doug Owens and Mia Love turns testy at times [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says the state will reach his goal of 100,000 new jobs 5-6 months earlier than projected[Utah Policy].
  • A federal judge strikes down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage, meaning gay marriage is now legal in every state in the northeast [National Journal].
  • Utah has about $3.5 billion in outstanding debt, but that number is shrinking slowly [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County officials announce they are purchasing land from the LDS Church to build new offices for the District Attorney [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Bureau of Land Management pulls in nearly $3 million from an auction of oil and gas leases in Utah [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1542 - Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold on the banks of the Mississippi River.
  • 1832 - The first Democratic National Convention got underway in Baltimore.
  • 1881 - Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
  • 1927 - Charles Lindbergh landed his plain near Paris, completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1932 - Amelia Earhart completed the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a woman.
  • 1956 - The United State exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1979 - Former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted in the shooting deaths of mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
  • 1980 - "The Empire Strikes Back," the second movie in the "Star Wars" series, was released.
  • 1991 - Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber.

Today At Utah Policy

Mia Love and Doug Owens Face Off in First Debate
If the first debate between 4th Congressional District candidates Mia Love (Republican) and Doug Owens (Democrat) is an indication, the race in this open U.S. House seat will be lively....

Utah Will Reach Herbert's '100,000 Jobs in 1,000 Days' Goal Earlier than Expected
In 2012, Gov. Gary Herbert said he wanted the Utah economy to produce 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days. On Tuesday, he said the state would reach that goal sometime in June - 5 to six months early....

Is the Downtown Convention Hotel Worth the Risk?
Begrudgingly, even opponents of the proposed convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City say the legislation passed last year is well-crafted policy....

Medicaid Expansion and Transportation Funding are Pressing Issues for Utah Lawmakers
Speaker Becky Lockhart says transportation issues and Medicaid expansion will be two of the hottest issues facing lawmakers over the next few years....

McAdams, Love Named to Washington Post's 'Rising Stars' List
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and 4th Congressional District candidate Mia Love have been named as "rising stars" in the political world under the age of 40....

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....

Featured Items

Lee: GOP Must Champion Middle Class
In an op-ed, Sen. Mike Lee saysthe GOP canrebrand itself as the party of the middle class by confronting the problem of crony capitalism....

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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Garland used wit, not guns, to face problems

Utah's debt still too deep, but shrinking slowly

Doug Owens takes the fight to Mia Love in first joint event

Cannabis battle moves from Utah Capitol to skeptical doctors

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Firing squads, smart cars and a broken state fair

Op-ed: Why a local minimum wage makes more sense

Richard Davis: Find the common ground on immigration reform

Editorial: The challenges of global poverty are being tackled through economic growth

Student loan debt increased by $31 billion in first quarter

First debate between Love and Owens turns confrontational


Love and Owens clash in first debate (Daily Herald)

Grazing season on National Forest starting up (Park Record)

City Hall, enjoying economic rebound, pegs budget at $87.7 million (Park Record)

National Headlines

Harry Reid defends screening of Koch film (Politico)

Vet scandal: Obama is 'on this' (The Hill)

G.O.P. Finds Old Toolbox Is Useful Against Hard-Liners (New York Times)

Chris Christie to cut pension payments to balance budget (CBS News)

Dick Durbin to Ready for Hillary event (Politico)

Case Against Former Va. Gov. McDonnell to Proceed (Associated Press)

Empty Anger: Why VA hospital scandal is hurting the administration's credibility (FOX News)

Chipotle: Guns not welcome here (CNN)

Political pundit Dinesh D'Souza cops plea to making illegal campaign donations (New York Daily News)

CIA Won't Use Vaccination Programs For Spying Anymore (TIME)

Nevada latest state to scrap its Obamacare exchange (Politico)

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