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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 27, 2014

Becker may ditch fireworks to fight air pollution. Bramble wants to tighten rules on "business opportunities." Utah's senior population is exploding.


  • 28 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 161 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 244 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 525 days until the 2015 elections
  • 601 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 896 days to the 2016 presidential election
Tuesday's top Utah political news stories:
  • A BYU poll says 43% of Utah voters say they favor Gov. Herbert's alternative for Medicaid expansion, while 33% would opt for full expansion under the Affordable Care Act [Utah Data Points].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker may end city-sponsored fireworks this year in order to improve air quality [Tribune].
  • Sen. Curt Bramble wants to tighten rules on companies offering "business opportunities" following the John Swallow scandal [Tribune].
  • The head of the Utah Pride Center is demanding an apology from Gov. Herbert for comments he made during his monthly news conference [Tribune].
  • Utah has more residents over the age of 65 than preschool-age children [Deseret News].
  • Paul Rolly points out Rep. Ken Ivory has made a habit of making money off his Constitutional causes [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Council member Erin Mendenhall is named to the Utah Air Quality Board [Tribune].
  • A West Jordan company is helping to restore the cast iron on the dome of the U.S. Capitol building [Deseret News].
  • Lawmakers are mulling changes to the way property tax disputes are adjudicated which has some worried it could lead to a higher tax burden for homeowners [Tribune].
  • The State Records Committee is proposing a rule change that would require state agencies to keep some types of correspondence for seven years [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1647 - Alse Young became the first person executed for being a witch in America.
  • 1911 - Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey was born in South Dakota.
  • 1937 - The Golden Gate Bridge opened.
  • 1941 - The British navy sank the German battleship Bismarck.
  • 1994 - Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after spending two decades in exile.
  • 1997 - The Supreme Court ruled Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Lee leading fight against cronyism at Ex-Im Bank

Rolly: Lawmaker's constitutional causes earn him money

Op-ed: Utah health care provider truly world class

Op-ed: Sugar House rezone is example of transit-driven solution

Mero: Debate on same-sex marriage isn't over

Editorial: Don't let campaign cash drive tax assessments

New director chosen for scrutinized USTAR

Salt Lake City mayor may dump fireworks to clear the air

After Swallow scandal, Utah senator seeks crackdown on BizOps

Utah's Memorial Day: remembrance, partisan politics

Utah attorney general reorganizes agency

Rolly: Utah one of worst states for veterans, according to ranking

Will Utah shift more big-business tax bills to little guy?

Deseret News

John Florez: Juvenile court's original intent reaffirmed

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Who prevailed in the first debate between Mia Love and Doug Owens?

Robert Bennett: Tea party influence sparks media attention

Editorial: 'Millennial' generation runs counter to stereotype, with declining rates of pregnancy and abortion

Gov. Herbert doesn't expect new monument designations in Utah

Washington Post writer names Utah 'this week's best state in America'

Programs give students real world work experience in high school


Op-ed: New tradition: Utah Debate Commission (Daily Herald)

Unemployment rate low in Utah County, but plenty of jobs still available (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Bishop wrong on monument (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Farmington resists corridor (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The 'Wary of Hillary' Democrats (Politico)

President Obama: Done in Afghanistan by year's end (Politico)

I.R.S. Bars Employers From Dumping Workers Into Health Exchanges (New York Times)

Hospitals Look to Health Law, Cutting Charity (New York Times)

Iran's Supreme Leader: Jihad Will Continue Until America is No More (Daily Caller)

Nation's newspapers call for changes at the VA (The Hill)

White House blows CIA station chief's cover (The Hill)

Reid hits the gas on nominees (The Hill)

Kerry: Ukraine has sent 'clear message' to Russia (The Hill)

Tea party poised for big wins in Texas GOP runoffs (Associated Press)

Nation honors veterans and the fallen on Memorial Day (FOX News)

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