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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 28, 2014

Lawmakers again consider a plan to put electronic devices in the hands of students. Becker says he will wait until after the 2014 election to decide on another term. Herbert taps Harding as his new chief of staff.


  • 27 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 160 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 243 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 524 days until the 2015 elections
  • 600 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 895 days to the 2016 presidential election
Wednesday's top Utah political news stories:
  • The Education Task Force begins consideration of a plan to put an electronic learning device in the hands of every student in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The DABC warns it will be tougher to get single-event liquor permits [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says he will wait until after the 2014 election to decide on whether he will run for another term [Utah Policy].
  • The Salt Lake City Council will not boycott the Days of '47 Parade following the exclusion of a float by a group that wants to foster better relationships between Mormons and the gay community [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City will seek a federal grant to expand the Sugar House Streetcar [Tribune].
  • The Utah GOP sends out a harsh email following the first debate between Mia Love and Dave Owens [Utah Policy].
  • Governor Herbert taps Justin Harding as his new chief of staff. Harding was most recently chief of staff for Rep. Jason Chaffetz [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The LDS Church donates Wall Mansion to the University of Utah. The building will house the U's Policy Institute and the Bureau of Economic and Business Research [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Provo asks residents for their suggestions on a new city flag [Daily Herald].
  • Former Deseret News movie critic Jeff Vice passed away suddenly over the weekend [City Weekly].
On this day in history:
  • 1533 - The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, declared the marriage of England's King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.
  • 1863 - The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, made up of freed slaves, left Boston to fight for the Union in the Civil War.
  • 1892 - The Sierra Club was formed in San Francisco.
  • 1929 - The first all-color talking motion picture, "On with the Show," opened in New York.
  • 1937 - Neville Chamberlain became prime minister of Britain.
  • 1959 - The U.S. Army launched two monkeys aboard a Jupiter missile for a suborbital flight. Both primates survived.
  • 1961 - Amnesty International had its beginnings with the publication of an article in the British newspaper The Observer.
  • 1964 - The charter of the Palestine Liberation Organization was issued in Jerusalem.
  • 1987 - Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old pilot from West Germany, landed his private plane in Moscow's Red Square.
  • 2003 - President Bush signed a $350 billion tax cut into law; the third largest tax cut in U.S. history.

Today At Utah Policy

Becker Will Decide on Running for a Third Term After 2014 Election (Video)
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says he plans to sit down after the 2014 election and make a decision about whether he's going to run for another term in that office....

Mayor Ralph Becker Plays the Utah 'Lightning Round'
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has just 60 seconds to answer as many stupid questions as possible as he plays the Utah Policy "lightning round."...

GOP Email Reacts to First Love/Owens Debate
The first debate between Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens certainly got the attention of the Utah Republican Party....

GOP Pushing for Another 'Contract With America'?
Republican Senators are considering laying out a concrete policy agenda should the GOP regain control of the U.S. Senate in November....

Mike Lee, Tea-Party Savior?
With Tea Party candidates losing primary elections all over the country, many are wonderingif the movement can exist in its current form....

Featured Items

Governor Names New Chief of Staff
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has named Justin Harding as his new chief of staff. Harding has served several members of Utah's congressional delegation including his most recent position as chief of staff to Rep. Jason Chaffetz for the past five years....

NRO Defends Lee Tax Plan
National Review's Patrick Brennan responds to leftist criticism of Sen. Mike Lee's push tocreate a more generous child tax credit....

Utah Praised for Its Generosity
The Washington Post's Reid Wilson spotlightstwo recent studies showing thatmore Utahns give time and money to charity than residents of any other state....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Time to crack down on fraudulent 'BizOps'

Herbert picks longtime Chaffetz staffer as new chief

Last call for stopgap health insurance for Utah's poor

Salt Lake City seeks fed grant to expand streetcar line

Utah's one-to-one school device proposal likely to return

SLC Council won't boycott Days of '47 Parade

Paul Rolly: Utah County GOP establishment wins round two in slander fight

Veterans groups: Keep politics out of Memorial Day events

Draper parents outraged by Canyons district handling of abuse claims

Deseret News

Op-ed: Medicaid state plan amendments will do much good

Gov. Herbert looks to Washington for new chief of staff

Billion-dollar conservation program targets Colorado River Basin

Utah alcohol commission tightening permit rules for community events

Salt Lake mayor proposes canceling fireworks displays for cleaner air

Utah alcohol commission tightening permit rules for community events

Salt Lake mayor proposes canceling fireworks displays for cleaner air

Deseret Peak: A field of broken dreams


Provo's 'flag flop' now in residents' hands (Daily Herald)

The New IRS tells Congress how to spend your taxes (Daily Herald)

Feds: $1.8B needed to fight fires (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Rise of the showboat donor (Politico)

Cliven Bundy drops Republican affiliation (Associated Press)

Hillary's secret weapon? GOP praise (The Hill)

Biden vowed US would be 'totally out of' Afghanistan by 2014 (The Hill)

US to keep troops in Afghanistan (The Hill)

Clinton 'Proud' of Diplomatic Accomplishments (Associated Press)

Supreme Court rejects free-speech suit from anti-Bush protesters (Los Angeles Times)

Wendy Davis book will be 'deeply personal' (USA Today)

High Court Rules for Death-Row Inmates With Low IQ (ABC News)

George W. Bush gets partial knee replacement (CBS News)

Clean up Detroit's blight? You'll need $2B, report says (Detroit Free Press)

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