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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 17, 2014

Suit seeks to block changes in the operating agreement between the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News. Lawmakers grill DABC officials. Rejected school board candidate says Utah's process for getting on the ballot is unconstitutional.


  • 7 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 140 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 223 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 504 days until the 2015 elections
  • 580 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 875 days until the 2016 presidential election
Tuesday's Utah political news highlights:
  • A group of former Salt Lake Tribune employees file suit to block a change in the operating agreement between that paper and the Deseret News claiming it may doom the Tribune [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Lawmakers have some harsh words for DABC officials about a change in the way they handle single-event liquor licenses [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz has some harsh words about the way President Obama is handling the situation in Iraq [Deseret News].
  • A rejected state school board candidate has filed suit saying the process to get on the ballot is unconstitutional [Tribune].
  • Rep. Dana Layton and former Rep. Brad Daw are facing off over privacy issues in their upcoming primary election battle [Daily Herald].
  • Sen. Daniel Thatcher says public officials shouldn't hirepolitical allies who then work on their campaigns [Utah Policy].
On this day in history:
  • 1775 - The Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston during the Revolutionary War.
  • 1789 - The Third Estate in France declared itself a national assembly and undertook to frame a constitution.
  • 1856 - The Republican Party opened its first convention in Philadelphia.
  • 1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City.
  • 1928 - Amelia Earhard embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman.
  • 1963 - The Supreme Court struck down rules requiring the recitation of the Lord's Prayer or the reading of Biblical verses in public schools.
  • 1972 - Five burglars were arrested inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington, which started the Watergate political scandal.
  • 1994 - After leading police on a chase through Southern California, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nichole, and Ronald Goldman.
  • 2008 - Hundreds of same-sex couples got married in California on the first day gay marriage became legal by order of that state's highest court.
Tuesday's World Cup schedule:
  • Belgium vs. Algeria (10:00 am, ESPN)
  • Brazil vs. Mexico (1:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Russia vs. South Korea (4:00 pm, ESPN)

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Mayor who helped change Draper dies

Suit seeks to block Utah newspaper deal, argues it dooms The Tribune

Utah school board candidate sues over process

Beer likely at Oktoberfest after Utah lawmakers rip brouhaha

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: Many miles left to go before the race in 2016

Ken Ivory: Public lands - Why the difference?

Editorial: In Iraq, the United States has the responsibility to address threats to American interests

Tribune supporters file lawsuit to halt newspaper agreement

Utah lawmakers take no action on alcohol permit rule

Rep. Jason Chaffetz criticizes White House response to Iraq turmoil

The 25 cities with the happiest employees


Candidate seeking to outline differences on privacy policies (Daily Herald)

Lt. Gov. tells Kiwanis members about education, prison move and more (Daily Herald)

Ogden school board plans tax hike (Standard-Examiner)

Logan Municipal Council set to approve $144M budget (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

MSNBC's Chris Matthews: Liberals need to stop looking down at tea party (Politico)

Hillary Clinton keeps coy on Keystone (Politico)

GOP turns up heat on IRS (The Hill)

Should US work with Iran? (The Hill)

Split Supreme Court shoots down 'straw' gun purchases (Christian Science Monitor)

Supreme Court: Anti-abortion group can challenge 'false statement' law (Christian Science Monitor)

I.R.S. Commissioner Is Called to Testify About Lost Emails (New York Times)

Clinton on Keystone (Wall Street Journal)

Judge Lifts Chicago's Decades-Old Cronyism Rule (TIME)

Bowe Bergdahl: US military begins investigation into soldier's disappearance (Telegraph)

Nephew of 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch to run for U.S. Congress (Reuters)

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