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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 30, 2014

Lee says it's not inevitable that same-sex marriage will become legal across the country. Chaffetz calls for the resignation of Eric Shinseki. Hatch apologizes for remarks he made at a Memorial Day event.


  • 25 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 158 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 241 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 522 days until the 2015 elections
  • 598 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 893 days to the 2016 presidential election
Friday's top Utah political news stories:
  • Sen. Mike Lee says it's not inevitable that same-sex marriage will become legal across the United States [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz joins the chorus calling for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Chaffetz names Fred Ferguson as his new chief of staff [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch apologizes for making partisan political comments during a Memorial Day event [Tribune].
  • The West Valley City Council advances a plan to possibly save the UTOPIA fiber optic network [KSL].
  • Scott Anderson praisesGov. Gary Herbert's Medicaid expansion alternativeplan [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Michael Kennedy, who is also a physician, admits to undercharging poor and uninsured patients in order to give them a break [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1431 - Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in France.
  • 1539 - Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto landed in Florida.
  • 1854 - The territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.
  • 1911 - The Indianapolis 500 was run for the first time.
  • 1922 - The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 1989 - Protesters in China's Tiananmen Square erected a 33-foot tall statue they called the "Goddess of Democracy."
  • 2005 - Vice President Dick Cheney predicted the Iraq war would end before the Bush administration left office.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: The way to cure homelessness is with homes

Editorial: Utah liquor regulators overreach with event rules

Chaffetz names Ferguson as new chief of staff

Chaffetz: V.A. chief Shinseki must go

Hatch sorry for political comments at Memorial Day event

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Medicaid gap: the governor's plan is common-sense solution

Editorial: In moving state fair, consider economic development with an educational anchor

Rep. Jason Chaffetz hires new chief of staff

Utah ranks No. 6 in the country on carbon dioxide pollution

Communities play a big part in the health of residents

Unlike Hatch, Sen. Mike Lee doesn't see same-sex marriage as inevitable

15 nations with the highest gun ownership


Local government transparency (Park Record)

National Headlines

Edit pages pan Obama speech (Politico)

House takes action on gun checks (The Hill)

Snowden raised concerns in 2013 email, but no evidence he blew whistle: NSA (Reuters)

Are patient wait times at VA tied to bonuses? Congress wants criminal investigation (CNN)

Hillary Clinton meets Obama for informal lunch at the White House (Reuters)

Missouri attorney general proposes state-run execution drug laboratory (Kansas City Star)

Bloomberg's Harvard address blasts Ivy League for 'modern form of McCarthyism' (Washington Times)

Oregon governor seeks lawsuit over health exchange (Associated Press)

A Middle East Tragedy: Obama's Syria-Policy Disaster (National Interest)

Piketty Issues 4,400-Word Defense of His Book on Inequality (Bloomberg)

Unemployment falls to lowest level in seven years (NBC)

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Wise Words

The Cure
"There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens can not cure." -Dwight David EisenhowerInternational Business Times

Lighter Side

Reversed Policy
"The FBI has reversed its policy and will now hire people who have smoked pot in the past three years. When asked why, the FBI said, 'Because we couldn't find anyone who hasn't smoked pot.'" Conan O'Brien Political Humor

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