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Thursday, June 19, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 19, 2014

Lawmakers look into the search warrant served on former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. A federal judge rules against Utah's immigration enforcement law. Utah may expand Goblin Valley State Park.


  • 5 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 138 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 221 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 502 days until the 2015 elections
  • 578 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 873 days until the 2016 presidential election
Thursday's Utah political news highlights:
  • Lawmakers look into the circumstances surrounding a search warrant served on the home of former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Former Attorney General John Swallow is getting a new lawyer after parting ways with his current one [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Lawmakers chew over a potential deal with an Australian company to operate the troubled UTOPIA fiber optic network [Daily Herald, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A federal judge cuts the legs out from under Utah's controversial immigration enforcementlaw [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Former State Senator Dan Liljenquist warns Utah lawmakers about making a hasty choice on Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  • The state is mulling expanding Goblin Valley State Park into the San Rafael Swell area [Tribune].
  • Utah lawmakers complain to Bureau of Land Management officials about grazing cutbacks [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah may use $1 billion in bonds to speed up completion of some highway projects [Tribune].
  • Sen. Todd Weiler says Utah shouldn't tax Social Security benefits [Tribune].
  • Former Murray Mayor Dan Snarr reports zero contributions and zero expenditures in his County Council race against Aimee Newton [Utah Policy].
On this day in history:
  • 1586 - English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island in North Carolina after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America.
  • 1862 - Slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories.
  • 1934 - The Federal Communications Commission was created.
  • 1953 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for conspiring to give U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.
  • 1961 - The Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state officeholders profess a belief in God.
  • 1964 - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
  • 1987 - The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to teach creation theory as well.
  • 2000 - The Supreme Court barred officials from letting students lead crowds in prayer before football games.
Thursday's World Cup schedule:
  • Colombia vs. Ivory Coast (10:00 am, ESPN)
  • Uruguay vs. England (1:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Japan vs. Greece (4:00 pm, ESPN)

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Bluffdale decision shows weakness in records access law

Are Utahns subsidizing other states' sweeter insurance rates?

Utah studies expanding Goblin Valley State Park into San Rafael Swell

BLM, Utah counties wrangle over law enforcement

Legislators eye $1B in bonding for highways

Immigration law 'de-fanged'?

UTOPIA bailout proposal hits roadblock; Lindon rejects deal

Swallow getting a new lawyer

State: FBI executed Shurtleff search; former A.G. still angry

Lawmaker questions Utah's taxation of Social Security

Deseret News

Op-ed: EPA guidelines: wrong solution to a non-problem

Op-ed: Religious marriage separate from government

Private funds being raised for state's sage grouse fight

Lawmakers question warrant served on former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff

Frustrated Utah lawmakers vent to BLM, Forest Service

Utah lawmakers drafting letter in support of e-cigarette regulation

Lawmakers weigh concerns about controversial UTOPIA proposal

Federal court blocks portions of Utah's immigration enforcement law

Lawmakers warned Gov. Gary Herbert's Medicaid expansion alternative carries 'substantial risk'

Swallow 'transitioning' to new legal representation

Affordable housing a growing concern across the spectrum, officials tell state lawmakers


UTOPIA fees in legislature's crosshairs (Daily Herald)

Commission candidates differ on public lands, BRT (Daily Herald)

Provo council passes $195 million budget (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Utah teacher salaries not in line with nation (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama Job Approval Rating: Majority Disapprove of President's Performance, From Economy to Foreign Policy (Latin Post)

Return of the GOP hawks (Politico)

Obama to leaders: Iraq plan won't require congressional vote (The Hill)

Obama's Order Against Antigay Discrimination Revives a Familiar Religious Freedom Fight (Bloomberg)

Jindal withdraws La. from Common Core standards program (Washington Post)

Medical marijuana advocates rally, criticize Cuomo (Associated Press)

Senators call for 12-cent gas-tax increase to replenish highway fund (Los Angeles Times)

Prosecutor asks court: Reinstate DeLay convictions (Associated Press)

Government Pays 76 Percent of Premium Under Health Law (Associated Press)

U.S. Senate panel advances bill to force Keystone pipeline approval (Reuters)

Corker, Murphy tee up bipartisan proposal to increase gas tax (Politico)

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