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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 6, 2014

Don't expect much change from the SCOTUS decision allowing prayer before public meetings. Chaffetz says the White House is hiding Benghazi documents. Golf is big business for Utah.


  • 49 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 182 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 265 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 546 days to the 2015 elections
  • 622 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 917 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • The Supreme Court decision allowing prayer before public meetings probably won't change much in Utah [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz is on the warpath again about Benghazi, accusing the White House of hiding documents [Deseret News].
  • A movement to "draft" Mitt Romney for another presidential run is not expected to have much success in 2016 [Deseret News].
  • A report says golf is a huge economic driver for the state [Tribune,Deseret News].
  • Rep. Ronda Menlove reflects on her 10-years in the legislature [Deseret News].
  • An effort to remove pollutants from Utah's waste water could cost more than $1 billion [Deseret News].
  • Drones are wreaking havoc with bighorn sheep and hikers in Zion National Park [Tribune].
  • How Utah is using slick videos to change perceptions about the state [Utah Policy].
On this day in history:
  • 1865 - Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was born.
  • 1861 - Arkansas seceded from the Union.
  • 1882 - Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for 10 years.
  • 1915 - Babe Ruth hit the first of his 714 major league home runs.
  • 1937 - The dirigible Hindenburg burned and crashed in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 36 people.
  • 1954 - Roger Bannister became the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes.
  • 2002 - "Spider-Man" became the first movie to make more than $100 million in its opening weekend.
  • 2004 - The final episode of "Friends" aired on NBC.

Today At Utah Policy

Changing Perceptions About Utah, One Video at a Time
So there's teetotaler GOP Gov. Gary Herbert addressing the state Republican Convention, showing a slick video which outlines how great a place Utah is to do business with (gasp) a waitress carrying what appears to be a martini past a well-stocked bar and a beer brewer and a ...

Utah Anti-Poverty Advocates to Gather in Salt Lake City
Utahns in poverty live in a political catch-22. They are the ones most affected by programs designed to fight poverty, but they are so busy trying to survive that they can't take time out to engage with policy makers and politicians in order to help them better understand ho...

This Could be the Greatest Campaign Logo Ever
Republican Christian Agnew is one of 10 candidates running against GOP Senator Lamar Alexander for the party's nomination this year. His campaign logo, and his beard, are a sight to behold....

Chaffetz and Mix it Up on MTP (Video)
So this actually happened. Rep. Jason Chaffetz debated musician on Meet the Press....

Featured Items

'If You Want a Job, Come to Vernal'
After the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank off the coast of Louisiana in 2010, killing 11 workers and causing the worst marine oil spill in history, Vernal resident Mike Mold flew to Louisiana to do his own investigation of the disaster's cause....

Chaffetz: Obama 'Playing Games' on Benghazi
Rep. Jason Chaffetz,a candidate to serve on the newselect committee on Benghazi, says the expanded investigation is necessarybecausethe White House continues to hide the full truth about the September 2012 terror attack....

Dark Money Group Sues IRS Over Targeting, Disclosure
A conservative nonprofit sued the Internal Revenue Service last weekbecause the agency targeted it for extra scrutiny and disclosed the group's application for tax-exempt status to ProPublica....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Invasive species

Washington Insight: Correspondents' dinner isn't about Lindsay Lohan

Drones annoying bighorn sheep, hikers at Zion National Park

Supreme Court prayer ruling not likely to impact many Utah cities

Deseret News

John Hoffmire: How does the air in Salt Lake compare to Mexico City's?

Robert Bennett: Thoughts on the need for a bit more thought

Op-ed: Utah should heed Arkansas' buyer's remorse on Medicaid expansion

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Our current news river churns a steady torrent of controversy

Editorial: Thankfully, the Supreme Court upholds prayers at public meetings

Golf generates more than $800 million for state's economy, report says

Doug Robinson: Menlove doesn't believe in career politicians - so she's leaving after 10 years in the house

Utah's waterways flush with pollution problem - and it could cost residents

Rep. Jason Chaffetz accuses White House of hiding Benghazi documents

Utah leaders offer mixed reaction on prayer in public square

A third Mitt Romney run seen as 'far-fetched'

National Headlines

This Just Might Be The Worst Poll Yet For Democrats (Business Insider)

Pew poll: Opposition to O-Care at new high (The Hill)

Mass. discarding broken ObamaCare site (The Hill)

White House may not cooperate with Benghazi select panel (The Hill)

Boehner taps Gowdy to lead Benghazi select committee (The Hill)

Supreme Court: Constitution allows for public prayer at town meetings (Christian Science Monitor)

Ethics board says Rep. Gutirrez may have broken law (USA Today)

3 Energy Funds to Buy Amid Keystone XL Debate (Zacks)

American Legion calls on VA secretary to resign amid scandals (FOX News)

Dorner Manhunt Shows Flaws Terrorists Could Exploit: Report (NBC News)

US Uninsured Rate Falls to Lowest Point Since 2008 (NBC News)

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