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Friday, June 13, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 13, 2014

Infighting hindered Swallow probe. Utah's spending on students got worse during the Great Recession. Mitt Romney hosting a retreat for high-profile Republicans.


  • 11 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 144 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 227 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 508 days until the 2015 elections
  • 584 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 879 days until the 2016 presidential election
Friday's Utah political news highlights:
  • Squabbling and territorial disputes between investigatorsmay have hindered the Legislature's John Swallow investigation [Tribune].
  • A new analysis says Utah's last-in-the-nation fell even further during the great recession [Tribune].
  • Utah's Democrats are having a laugh because they received campaign mailers from Mia Love [Tribune].
  • Mitt Romney is hosting a retreat for high-profile Republicans this weekend at Deer Valley [Deseret News].
  • Bob Bernick says conspiracy theories surrounding the future of the Salt Lake Tribune are hurting any efforts to preserve the paper [Utah Policy].
  • The next step in building the downtown convention hotel is finding a developer [Tribune].
  • 3 Salt Lake City Council members announce they are going to skip the Days of '47 Parade [Tribune].
  • Scott Anderson argues it's time for Congress to act on immigration reform [Deseret News].
  • Ogden City is proposing to spend $5.9 million on building a business park in West Ogden [Standard-Examiner].
  • The redevelopment of the Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City has become a rousing success [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1900 - China's Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Christians erupted.
  • 1966 - The Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that criminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional rights prior to questioning by police.
  • 1967 - President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1971 - The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers.
  • 1983 - The U.S. space probe Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune.
  • 1994 - A jury in Alaska blamed recklessness by Exxon Corp. and Capt. Joseph Hazlewood for the Exxon Valdez disaster.
  • 1996 - An 81-day standoff ended as 16 members of the anti-government Freemen group surrendered to the FBI.
  • 1997 - A jury voted to give the death penalty to Timothy McVeigh for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2005 - Singer Michael Jackson was acquitted on charges of molesting a 13-year old boy at his Neverland ranch.
World Cup Schedule:
  • Friday
    • Mexico vs. Cameroon (10:00 am, ESPN2)
    • Spain vs. Netherlands (1:00 pm, ESPN)
    • Chile vs. Austrailia (4:00 pm, ESPN2)
  • Saturday
    • Colombia vs. Greece (10:00 am, ABC)
    • Uruguay vs. Costa Rica (1:00 pm, ABC)
    • England vs. Italy (4:00 pm, ESPN)
    • Ivory Coast vs. Japan (7:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Sunday
    • Switzerland vs. Ecuador (10:00 am, ABC)
    • France vs. Honduras (1:00 pm, ABC)
    • Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina (4:00 pm, ESPN)

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Cutting Through the Conspiracy Theories About the Salt Lake Tribune
I've written several columns about The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News financial controversy.And I'd hoped not to write any more....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Proxy Battles
Doug Owens vs. Mia Love? Boring. Doug Owens vs. Mia Love and Mike Lee? That could be interesting....

Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #191
Mike Leavitt probably won't run for U.S. Senate in 2016. What Eric Cantor's loss means for immigration reform and Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Plus, a proposal on Utah's Capitol Hill aims to reign in lobbyists.Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Hike of the week: The Living Room--Tribune:Utah Bucket List: Climbing the 'incredible' Via Ferrata-- Tribune: Recreation: Park City Trail Series gets runners up to speed-- For the?latest wildlife news and information?and the?fishing report?visit theDW...

Weekly Survey: Immigration Reform
The shocking primary loss by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has many people in Washington declaring any attempt at immigration reform dead for the foreseeable future. What do you think will happen? Vote in our weekly survey....

Why Online Tracking Is Getting Creepier
The marketers that follow you around the web are getting nosier....

Oracle Announces Plans to Open A New Customer Support Center in Utah
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced today that Oracle plans to create approximately 351 jobs in the state of Utah over the next 10 years and will also open a new customer software support center in Salt Lake County....

University of Utah Study Finds Highest Paid CEOs Earn Lower Stock Returns
New research in a study from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah found that CEOs who receive higher incentive pay often lead their companies to decreased financial performance....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Editorial: Cantor loses his seat and millions lose hope

Investigator squabbling may have hindered Swallow probe

Finding developer is next step in mega-hotel process

3 council members to skip parade; Why? Jerry the Horse & gay rights

Utah's last-in-nation spending on students fell even further

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Time for US House action on immigration

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

Editorial: The best fix for excessive student loan debt is better information about colleges and costs

Oracle to open new Salt Lake County facility, create 351 jobs

Utah economy and business policy get high marks

2016 presidential hopefuls gathering for Romney Deer Valley retreat


Editorial: Weber blows housing aid (Standard-Examiner)

Similar views: GOP House District 7 candidates (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

GOP on Iraq: We told you so (Politico)

Support surges for McCarthy (The Hill)

Jump in or drop out: GOP lawmakers angle for promotions (USA Today)

In GOP upheaval, a front-runner -- and discontent (Associated Press)

Bergdahl's writings reveal a fragile young man (Washington Post)

George H.W. Bush birthday: five things about him you didn't know (or forgot) (Christian Science Monitor)

Jindal signs anti-abortion bills in West Monroe (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton Has Tense Exchange Over Gay Marriage Questions (NBC News)

Judge shoots down California teacher-tenure laws (New York Times)

In S.F., Rick Perry compares homosexuality to alcoholism (San Francisco Chronicle)

Pew Research Center: America Is More Polarized Than Ever (Boston Globe)

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