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Thursday, May 29, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 29, 2014

Hatch says it's inevitable that same-sex marriage will become legal. Democrat Doug Owens calls for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. Students say Wasatch High School altered their yearbook photos without permission.


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Thursday's top Utah political news stories:
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says same-sex marriage will probably become the land of the land sooner or later [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  • Democrat Doug Owens says Secretary of Veterans Affiars Eric Shinseki should resign immediately due to the burgeoning scandal in the VA medical system [Tribune].
  • Utah lawmakers are considering changes to the way they deal with budget surpluses [Utah Policy].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams launches a diversity and non-discrimination campaign for employees [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Several girls at Wasatch High School say the school altered their yearbook photos to cover up exposed skin [Tribune].
  • Consumer confidence in Utah slipped a bit last month, but still remains high [Tribune].
  • There are rumors that Jon Huntsman, Sr. is angling to buy the Salt Lake Tribune [Salt Lake Magazine].
On this day in history:
  • 1765 - Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act saying "If this be treason, make the most of it!"
  • 1790 - Rhode Island became the last of the original 13 colonies to ratify the United States Constitution.
  • 1848 - Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.
  • 1917 - John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States, was born in Massachusetts.
  • 1953 - Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • 1988 - President Ronald Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union.
  • 1990 - Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic.
  • 2004 - A memorial to America's World War II veterans was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Hatch's Memorial Day remarks were out of line

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

Abuse led DABC to clamp down on single-event permits

Hatch concedes gay marriage will probably become legal across U.S.

Remediation of Utah oil spill continues in Grand County

Utah congressional candidate says veterans boss must go

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Advice to graduates: Embrace the future and its challenges

Jay Evensen: Antiquities Act should be rethought

Research survey looks at 'human side' of Utah's water management

Could Salt Lake City be asked to host 2022 Winter Games?

Sen. Orrin Hatch says gay marriage inevitable but religious rights being lost


Court rules in favor of GOP party leader in defamation suit (Daily Herald)

Lindon wants input from residents about UTOPIA (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Budget balance 4.0 (Standard-Examiner)

Liquor board threatens event beer licenses (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

President Obama, John McCain fight like it's 2008 (Politico)

Hillary Clinton allies mobilize on Benghazi (Politico)

Dem calls grow for Shinseki to go (The Hill)

Veterans waited 115 days for care at Phoenix clinic, IG report finds (The Hill)

Is it Ted Cruz's Texas now? (The Hill)

Chicago mayor offers gun store law, critics pounce (Associated Press)

Abortion doctors restrictions take root in South (Associated Press)

Bill de Blasio lifts 15-year NYC ferret ban (The Week)

To Tea Party, Mississippi Senate Race Is Last Chance to Oust an Incumbent (New York Times)

Before being freed, hacker Sabu was 'extraordinary' FBI informant (Los Angeles Times)

NH lawmaker calls for tougher gun laws after Calif. shootings (NECN)

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