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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 11, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses his Congressional seat in a primary. Lack of action on Medicaid expansion could impact Salt Lake County. An ethics proposal aims to prevent lobbyists from giving false information to lawmakers.


  • 13 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 146 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 229 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 510 days until the 2015 elections
  • 586 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 881 days until the 2016 presidential election
Wednesday's political news highlights:
  • Absolute shocker! House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses his primary fight to a Tea Party challenger in Virginia [Politico].
  • The Utah Legislature's inaction on Medicaid expansion could mean cuts in prevention and treatment programs in Salt Lake County [Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake City Council approves a budget for next year that gives employees a modest pay raise but nixes money for holiday fireworks [Tribune].
  • A pro-same-sex marriage group launches an online petition urging the state to "stop hurting Utah families" by refusing benefits to married gay couples [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City police officer who refused an assignment as part of this past weekend's Pride parade has resigned [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The Days of '47 Parade organizers will not go back on their decision to not allow the pro-gay "Mormons Building Bridges" a place during the July 24th event [Tribune].
  • Sen. Daniel Thatcher is proposing an ethics measure to prevent lobbyists from providing false information to legislators [Utah Policy].
  • Doug Owens, the Democratic candidate in Utah's 4th Congressional District, makes a 300,000 television ad buy in his race against Republican Mia Love [Deseret News].
  • New Census numbers show more than half of foreign-born Utah residents speak English "very well" [Tribune].
  • The state is suing the Bureau of Land Management for blocking energy development on some public lands in the state [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1509 - England's King Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon.
  • 1770 - Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.
  • 1942 - The United States and the Soviet Union signed a lend lease agreement to aid the Soviet efforts in World War II.
  • 1963 - Gov. George Wallace confronted federal troops at the University of Alabama in an effort to defy a federal order allowing two black students to enroll in school.
  • 1963 - Buddhist monk Quang Duc immolated himself on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.
  • 1987 - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher won a third consecutive term in office.
  • 1990 - The Supreme Court struck down a federal law prohibiting desecration of the American Flag.
  • 1993 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled people who commit "hate crimes" may be sentenced to extra punishment.
  • 2001 - Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2004 - Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was laid to rest following a state funeral in Washington, D.C.

Today At Utah Policy

Ethics Proposal Would Stop Lobbyists from Lying to Lawmakers
Utah lawmakers are expected to be experts on a myriad of topics during the 45-day legislative session. That's why lobbyists are so vital to the process. They can provide valuable information to help lawmakers understand and make decisions about issues....

Utah is the Most Sober State in the Union
This is not surprising at all. A new report saysUtah's per-capita alcohol consumption is the lowest in the country....

Love Would Be Lone Republican Member of Congressional Black Caucus (Video)
If she wins her bid for a seat in Congress, Mia Love would become the first Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus since Alan West lost his re-election campaign in 2012....

Check Out the Anti-Washington Redskins Ad That Will Run During the NBA Finals
A California Native American tribe has bought airtime during Tuesday's NBA Finals game to air a one-minute commercial that calls for the NFL's Washington Redskins to change their team name....

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....

Featured Items

Utah Repeats as Top Spot in Small Business Friendliness Survey
For the second year in a row, Utah has emerged as the top state for business friendliness in the third annual Small Business Friendliness Survey....

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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: No end in sight in Utah wilderness battle

After Utah visit, IRS boss issues new 'Taxpayer Bill of Rights'

SL County Council goes to bat for 'Healthy Utah'

Half of foreign-born Utahns speak English 'very well'

County appoints 17 to unincorporated committee

SLC budget: Raises and fireworks yes; tax hike no

Utah accuses BLM of illegally blocking energy development

Paul Rolly: County cop bypasses burglary call to bully jogger

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Sen. Hatch should keep his word

Jay Evensen: Host a political convention in Utah? No thanks

Editorial: Immigrants need the legal right to participate in the economy and be paid market wages

Governor appoints judges for 1st, 4th districts

Jordan School Board adopts resolution opposed to district split

State's inaction on Medicaid expansion may mean cuts to S.L. County prevention, treatment programs

Department says officer who refused parade assignment has resigned

Love plans to join Congressional Black Caucus; Owens first to buy TV time


County GOP failed to file financial report (Daily Herald)

Graduation route choices roil educators (Standard-Examiner)

Utah considers snipping No Child strings (Standard-Examiner)

Boys State dissects Utah's panhandling law (Standard-Examiner)

Mitt Romney heads to Park City for high-powered gathering (Park Record)

National Headlines

'Fall guy'? Under fire, White House says Hagel 'signed off' on Taliban prisoner swap (FOX News)

Hillary Clinton's course correction (Politico)

New O-Care delay allowed for 18 states (The Hill)

Senate to provide $1.9B for massive rise in child migrants (The Hill)

California laws on teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissal are struck down (San Jose Mercury News)

The Clinton Family Business (TIME)

Gates Foundation Urges Moratorium on Decisions Tied to Common Core (New York Times)

Could a Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential run benefit from a Democratic National Convention in Birmingham? (

Hillary Clinton's 'houses' vs John McCain's 'houses' (Washington Post)

GM's CEO says the company will do right by victims of the deadly ignition switch flaw (Washington Post)

Jobs are available but Americans lack skills (CNBC)

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