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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 7, 2014

Huntsman "open" to another run for president. Becker proposes raises for city employees. The Jordan School District may split again.


  • 48 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 181 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 264 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 545 days to the 2015 elections
  • 621 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 916 days to the 2016 presidential election
Wednesday's Utah political news highlights:
  • Former Governor Jon Huntsman says he's open to another run for president [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's budget proposal includes raises for employees and money for pollution reduction [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah's effort to jump to the front of the 2016 presidential primary line by using online voting may have spooked Iowa Democrats [Utah Policy].
  • Attorney General Sean Reyes says the best way to bring back trust to his office following the John Swallow scandal is to run it "like a business" [Daily Herald].
  • Officials in South Jordan are looking at possibly splitting from the Jordan School District [Tribune].
  • The "Mormons Building Bridges" group will not be allowed to enter a float in the Days of '47 parade because it would be "too controversial" [Tribune].
  • Bountiful Mayor Randy Lewis took in more than $10,000 in campaign moneyfrom anonymous donors, which is not allowed under state law [Tribune].
  • Utah County officials unveil a new logo and slogan - "Heart of Utah" [Daily Herald].
  • A report says the Tooele Army Depot is having trouble tracking ammunition stored there [Tribune].
  • Sen. Pat Jones says she's not sure if she will seek another political office after she retires from the legislature [Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert's energy summit will be June 3-4 [Deseret News].
Today in history:
  • 1915 - A German torpedo sank the British liner Lusitania, killing nearly 1,200 people.
  • 1939 - Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance, the Rome-Berlin Axis.
  • 1945 - Germany signed an unconditional surrender to end World War II in Europe.
  • 1977 - Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby on his way to winning the Triple Crown.
  • 1984 - A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans.
  • 1992 - A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise was ratified when Michigan became the 38th state to approve it.
  • 2000 - President Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in Russia.
  • 2008 - Dmitry Medvedev was sworn in as Russia's president.

Today At Utah Policy

Utah's Attempt to Use Online Voting in Presidential Primary Apparently Spooks Iowa Democrats
It looks like Utah's attempt to jump to the head of the line in the 2016 presidential nominating race got the attention of Iowa's Democratic Party....

Stewart Says Government 'Paramilitary Units' Create Distrust (Video)
Rep. Chris Stewart is getting some national attention for his crusade against "paramilitary units" owned by federal agencies....

Huntsman Hearts Hillary, Says He's Open to Another White House Bid
Former Governor Jon Huntsman tells Larry King he thinks presumptive 2016 Democratic frontrunnerHillary Clinton is a great public servant, but he would be open to making another run at the White House....

Whoops! Government Drone Delivered to Wrong Address
A Reddit user says UPS mistakenly delivered a $350,000 drone to his house instead of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration....

Study Says Teen Pregnancy and Abortion Rates are at Historic Low
A new study from the Guttmacher Institute shows the number of teenagers who are getting pregnant and having abortions are at the lowest rate in 30 years....

Fox News Won't Cover White House Press Conference Unless There are Questions About Benghazi (Video)
This should make Rep. Jason Chaffetz happy. Fox News has flat out said they won't cover White House press conferences unless Benghazi is a topic of discussion....

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 ...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: No freedom to ruin public lands

Editorial: No matter what court says, government meetings should leave out the religion

New study ranks Utah at No. 3 among states for retirement

Amid debate, eight wild horses captured in Iron County

Endangered Species decision on Gunnison sage grouse delayed

Paul Rolly: Utah mayor's campaign money just mysteriously appears

Deal reached to halt endangered listing for Utah flowers

Ex-Gov. Jon Huntsman open to another presidential run

Becker wants employee raises, new mass transit for 2014-15

Report: Problems tracking ammunition at Utah's Tooele Army Depot

Study to look at another Jordan District split

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Don't die early, come to Utah

Editorial: Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker presents fiscally responsible budget

Protections for flowering Uinta Basin plants will cost $3 million

Doug Robinson: Pat Jones: Starting over

Homeless man sues Sandy over panhandling enforcement

Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.: 'I'm open' to running again for president

Salt Lake City budget proposal takes aim at 'dark cloud' over the valley

Bottoms up with Great Salt Lake water? Utah companies say it can be purified


Editorial: A political convention in Utah? (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Tax dollars for shooting (Standard-Examiner)

Citizens group, city leaders duke it out over proposed Kaysville tax hike (Standard-Examiner)

Reyes: Time to bring trust back to attorney general's office (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Survey: 7 percent of reporters identify as Republican (Politico)

Reid compares GOP to 'greased pig' (The Hill)

View of Supreme Court rebounds (The Hill)

US sending security team to Nigeria to help rescue 276 kidnapped girls (The Hill)

Monica Lewinsky speaks. Will article bring back politics of the '90s? (Christian Science Monitor)

Regrets? She's had a few, Lewinsky says of Clinton scandal (Reuters)

Senators call for VA secretary's resignation amid mount (FOX News)

Spouses of Some H-1B Visa Holders to Be Allowed to Work (Wall Street Journal)

Ex-Christie aide defends boss in N.J. 'Bridgegate' closings (Reuters)

College grad survey aims to hold schools accountable (USA Today)

House Benghazi committee takes shape (USA Today)

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