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Friday, May 9, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 9, 2014

Reyes re-structures the Attorney General's office. New law to crack down on cell-phone use behind the wheel goes into effect next week. Twilight Concert lineup announced.


  • 46 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 179 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 262 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 543 days to the 2015 elections
  • 619 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 914 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Attorney General Sean Reyes announces a restructuring of the attorneys in his office [Tribune].
  • Utah's new law cracking down on drivers who dial a cell phone or text goes into effect next week [Tribune].
  • Utahns are more likely to ride a bike to work than those in other cities, but the overall rates of bikers remains small [Tribune].
  • Some are wondering if a proposed study into whether air pollution is causing a spike in deaths among babies and small children in Vernal is doomed before it even starts [Tribune].
  • LaVarr Webb reflects on some Utah debate history [Utah Policy].
  • The State Records Committee wants to increase the amount of time the state is required to hold on to certain types of emails [Daily Herald].
  • Bob Bernick looks at the future prospects of Utah politicians [Utah Policy].
  • Federal land managers say threats against their government workers are unacceptable. The move comes after an employee was threatened at gunpoint [Tribune].
  • The money in a Riverton pension fund remains frozen because government regulators say $20 million is missing [Tribune].
  • The domestic violence rate is on the rise in Brigham City [Standard-Examiner].
  • Salt Lake City announces the line-up for this year's Twilight Concert Series [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • 1502 - Christopher Columbus left Spain on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere.
  • 1914 - Mother's Day became a public holiday.
  • 1936 - Italy annexed Ethiopia.
  • 1960 - The Food and Drug Administration approved use of a birth control bill.
  • 1961 - Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow called TV programming a "vast wasteland" in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters.
  • 1974 - The House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
  • 1994 - South Africa's newly-elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's president.
  • 2012 - President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Becker's best friend and worst enemy

Specialty gas company to build plant in Tooele

BLM: Threats against employees won't be tolerated

Paul Rolly: Payday lenders and Utah's 'Best': What a combo

Utah's new law forbids dialing while driving

Two Utah charter schools dumping vendor of online programs

Attorney general announces reorganization

Deseret News

Op-ed: The truth about the 'war on women'

Editorial: A House select committee to investigate Benghazi is necessary to get answers to neglected questions

South Salt Lake planning development near streetcar line

Airgas to build gas production facility in Tooele County

Salt Lake ranked high for upward mobility - but is that story still true?

San Juan County commissioner leads ATV ride protesting BLM trail closure


State records committee looking to extend retention period for certain government emails (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Don't neuter Net neutrality (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Son: Jeb Bush raising in 'key' states (Politico)

House creates special committee to investigate Benghazi attack (The Hill)

RNC moves to limit 2016 debates (The Hill)

Poll: Landrieu at new lows for re-election (The Hill)

Feds approve bitcoins for campaign contributions (USA Today)

House committees agree on bill to reign in NSA collection of Americans' phone records (Associated Press)

White House again briefly locked down after men threw objects over fence (New York Daily News)

Districts Told Not to Deny Students Over Immigration (New York Times)

New minimum wage hike introduced by Michigan Senate leadership (Detroit Free Press)

Pennsylvania governor won't appeal voter ID ruling (Associated Press)

Fixing would be top priority, HHS nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell says (Washington Post)

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