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Monday, June 2, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 2, 2014

Utah leaders weigh in on Shinseki's resignation. Readers rally in support of the Salt Lake Tribune. Huntsman isn't planning another run in 2016.

Countdown:

  • 22 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 155 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 238 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 519 days until the 2015 elections
  • 595 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 893 days until the 2016 presidential election
Monday's top Utah political news stories:
  • Utah leaders discuss the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • 11 Utah cities have until the end of June to decide whether to opt in to an Australian company's plan to take over the UTOPIA fiber optic network [Tribune].
  • Preservationists say they're worried that historical and archeological sites may be in danger with increased access to Nine Mile Canyon [Tribune].
  • Latinos graduated at a higher rate than white students last year at Highland High School [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Council members have to make a number of decisions before taking a final vote on Mayor Ralph Becker's 2015 budget [Tribune].
  • A national voting rights group has turned their sights on Rep. Rob Bishop for not yet taking a stance on a bill to fix the Voting Rights Act [Tribune].
  • Utahns rally downtown in support of the Salt Lake Tribune [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Is the Deseret News artificially inflating their circulation numbers? [Tribune].
  • Jon Huntsman says he isn't planning another presidential run in 2016, but that's not set in stone [Deseret News].
  • The Utah Division of Air Quality is considering a ban on wood-burning stoves at businesses [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • 1851 - Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
  • 1886 - President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony.
  • 1897 - Mark Twain was quoted by the New York Journal as saying "the report of my death was an exaggeration."
  • 1924 - Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
  • 1953 - Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
  • 1979 - Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.
  • 1981 - The "Donkey Kong" video arcade game made its U.S. debut.
  • 1997 - Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 1998 - Voters in California passed Proposition 227, requiring that all schoolchildren be taught in English.
  • 2011 - Mitt Romney announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Ivory a man of integrity, and that's why we chose him

Op-ed: Rocky Mountain Power is looking out for itself

Editorial: Rock-art vandals need hard time

Will 11 Utah cities agree to Australian firm's takeover of UTOPIA network?

Utah leaders say Shinseki exit first step in fixing VA

Paul Rolly: Deseret News circulation numbers - smoke and mirrors

Greater access puts Nine Mile Canyon treasures at risk

Will Congress act on gun control? Don't count on it

Pittsburgh's ex-mayor tells Utahns what communities need to thrive

Latino students boast Highland High's top graduation rate

Paul Rolly: Deseret News circulation numbers - smoke and mirrors

Deseret News

John Florez: With leadership, institutions can change

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Exploring the ramifications of designating another Utah monument

Editorial: In moving state fair, consider economic development with an educational anchor

Editorial: Overpopulation isn't the world's concern - the problem is too few births

Utah ranks No. 6 in the country on carbon dioxide pollution

BLM, USU to work together on Uinta Basin air quality issue

Utah veterans, politicians see Shinseki resignation through different eyes

Utah County GOP leader not liable for $1 in damages, judge rules

Horse backers seek dismissal of Nevada county suit

Huntsman in 2016: Will he or won't he?

Other

County Republicans to pick top tax collector (Daily Herald)

Editorial: UTOPIA or no water? (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County debates environmentally sensitive areas, habitat protection (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

'We didn't negotiate with terrorists' (The Hill)

Bowe Bergdahl's release bumps VA scandal from political spotlight (The Hill)

NSA steps up digital image harvesting to feed its facial recognition program (FOX News)

E.P.A. to Seek 30 Percent Cut in Carbon Emissions (New York Times)

Hill leaders vow Shinseki's resignation won't dim spotlight on Veterans Affairs' woes (FOX News)

Can Hillary Clinton get beyond Benghazi? (Christian Science Monitor)

Al-Qaida decentralized, but not necessarily weaker (Associated Press)

Louisiana business leaders ask to talk about Common Core with Bobby Jindal (Times-Picayune)

States move to blunt Obama carbon plan (Associated Press)

Scientists say California medical pot farms are draining streams (The Week)





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