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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 10, 2014

Salt Lake City won't bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Don't expect a Mike Leavitt campaign in 2016. The Salt Lake City VA Hospital has the 9th-longest wait times in the U.S.


  • 14 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 147 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 230 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 511 days until the 2015 elections
  • 587 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 882 days until the 2016 presidential election
Tuesday's Utah political news highlights:
  • Not surprisingly, Salt Lake City officially bows out of the race to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • People close to former Gov. Mike Leavitt say they don't expect him to run for political office in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  • Utah may ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stop married same-sex couples from applying for benefits if it the 10th Circuit Court declines to issue a stay [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • An attorney for a Salt Lake City police officer who refused an assignment at Sunday's Pride festivities says his client is being defamedbecause of the conflict [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake City VA hospital has the 9th longest wait time in the country at an average of 73 days [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert talks wildfire preparedness with President Obama [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1801 - The North African state of Tripoli declared war on the United States because of a dispute over safe passage of merchant ships through the Mediterranean.
  • 1935 - Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.
  • 1940 - Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy.
  • 1964 - The U.S. Senate voted to limit further debate on a proposed civil rights bill, shutting down a filibuster by Southern lawmakers.
  • 1967 - The Six-Day War ended as Israel and Syria agree to a cease fire.
  • 1985 - Socialite Claus von Bulow was acquitted by a jury on charges he tried to murder his wife.
  • 1999 - Yugoslav troops left Kosovo, prompting NATO to suspend its 78-day air assault.
  • 2003 - Ontario, Canada issued the full same-sex marriage licenses in North America.
  • 2007 - The final episode of "The Sopranos" aired on HBO.

Today At Utah Policy

A 2016 Leavitt Campaign Not Likely
A number of Utah political insiders have been saying for months that a major part of the Count My Vote initiative organized and strongly supported by former GOP Gov. Mike Leavitt was to form a path for Leavitt to bypass the conservative Utah Republican Party caucus/convent...

Public Employment Level Still Far Behind Pre-Recession Peak
The good news is the number of private sector jobs has finally recovered to pre-recession levels, the number of government jobs are still lagging behind....

Krugman: Anti-Intellectualism Biggest Hurdle to Addressing Climate Change
Economist Paul Krugman says it's not vested interests that pose the biggest obstacle to addressing climate change, it's those who don't trust scientists....

PoliticIt Scores: Love vs. Owens
Doug Owens has some major ground to make up in his bid to replace outgoing Rep. Jim Matheson....

Featured Items

Ponnuru: Liberals Need a Reform Plan, Too
National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru responds to liberal criticism of Sen. Mike Lee's conservative reform agendaby noting that progressivismneedsits own facelift afterthe failed presidency of Barack Obama....

To Protect Service Members, Defense Department Plans Broad Ban on High-Cost Loans
The Department of Defense, attempting to thwart the ever-changing tactics of high-cost lenders, plans to dramatically broaden a federal law that sought to protect service members by capping the interest rate on loans made to troops....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: UTOPIA Deal
How many of the 11 UTOPIA city councils will vote in favor of the deal to build out and operate the fiber optic network? Should residents of those cities get a say, especially since they will be charged for the service whether they are customers or not? Our "Political Inside...

The Great Outdoors Is Calling Utah Entrepreneurs
Grow Utah, in partnership with Zions Bank, will host the Concept to Company Outdoor Recreation contest to award the best local outdoor recreation innovators with $40,000 in cash and support services....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Obama talks wildfires with Herbert, other Western guvs

Utah may ask Supreme Court to halt benefits to married gay couples

Salt Lake City bows out of race for 2016 Democratic convention

Attorney: Utah cop 'defamed' by Gay Pride Parade conflict

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: And they call this a recreational drug?

Op-ed: Real immigration reform: keep important virtues in mind

Editorial: The filibuster is necessary, and the best tool against abuse of power

Salt Lake VA hospital has top 10 longest wait time for new patients

Salt Lake City won't bid for 2016 Democratic National Convention

Salt Lake police officer says he was 'uncomfortable' with parade assignment


Editorial: Raise state's corporate tax (Standard-Examiner)

Early voting begins in Republican primary (Logan Herald Journal)

Cache Biz: Study names Utah as among best states for small businesses (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton's challenge: Her relationship with President Obama (Politico)

Clinton: I gave 'very direct instructions' during Benghazi attack (The Hill)

WH: Not every missing soldier is Bowe Bergdahl (The Hill)

57K vets wait for appointments (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton defends paid speeches (CNN)

Christie: 'There is no Plan B' if courts rule against pension grab (Star-Ledger)

Harry Reid's 'tough decision' (Associated Press)

Supreme Court Rules Against Residents in Environmental Lawsuit Case (Wall Street Journal)

Nation's automakers pitch in $26 million to Detroit's bankruptcy reorganization (NPR)

Report: Cyber crime costs U.S. economy $100 billion a year (The Week)

Chinese firm reportedly cost California taxpayers millions extra for spotty bridge work (FOX News)

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Wise Words

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Lighter Side

"A Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona, who is white, recently changed his name to Cesar Chavez to appeal to Latino voters. It backfired when Arizona's governor immediately deported him." Jimmy Fallon Political Humor

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