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Friday, June 20, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 20, 2014

Plans for relocating the Utah State Prison moving forward. Ex-police officer charged with manslaughter. Lawsuit claims Salt Lake City's parking kiosks violate city code.


  • 4 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 137 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 220 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 501 days until the 2015 elections
  • 577 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 872 days until the 2016 presidential election

Friday's Utah political news highlights:

  • The committee tasked with finding a new site for the Utah State Prison plans to have a recommendation ready for lawmakers in time for the 2015 session in January [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill charged an ex-West Valley City police officer with manslaughter in the shooting death of Danielle Willard [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A lawsuit says Salt Lake City's electronic parking kiosks violate city code [Tribune].
  • A number of Utah's Congressional delegation are supplementing their income by authoring books [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake County GOP chooses Dale Ash as their new chair [Utah Politico Hub].
  • A judge orders Park City Mountain Resort and Talisker Land Holdings into mediation in order to find a solution to their legal dispute [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • A judge plans to dismiss the massive fraud case against Rick Koerber because prosecutors failed to comply withthe Speedy Trial Act [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1782 - The Great Seal of the United States was adopted.
  • 1863 - West Virginia became the 35th state.
  • 1893 - A jury found Lizzie Borden innocent of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.
  • 1963 - The United States and Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a hot line between the two superpowers.
  • 1967 - Muhammad Ali was convicted of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted.
  • 1994 - O.J. Simpson pleaded innocent in the killings of his ex-wife, Nichole, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
  • 1997 - The tobacco industry agreed to a massive settlement in exchange for relief from mounting lawsuits and legal bills.
  • 2002 - The U.S. Supreme Court declared that executing mentally retarded murderers was unconstitutionally cruel.

World Cup schedule:

  • Friday
    • Italy vs. Costa Rica (10:00 am, ESPN)
    • Switzerland vs. France (1:00 pm, ESPN)
    • Honduras vs. Ecuador (4:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Saturday
    • Argentina vs. Iran (10:00 am, ESPN)
    • Germany vs. Ghana (1:00 pm, ESPN)
    • Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina (4:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Sunday
    • Belgium vs. Russia (10:00 am, ABC)
    • South Korea vs. Algeria (1:00 pm, ABC)
    • United States vs. Portugal (4:00 pm, ESPN)

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: U.S. must do a better job of inspecting oil wells

New location for Utah prison still up in the air

BLM proposes 151K acres for oil and gas leases in eastern Utah

Like your pre-Obamacare health plan? Keep it through 2015

Lawmakers may try to slow city scramble for retail dollars

How to make money as a politician? Write a book

Lawsuit: Parking kiosks violate Salt Lake City code

Paul Rolly: Gambling at the Utah Legislature? You bet

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah loses key forest health projects

Greg Bell: Conservatives and liberals alike will regret dilution of equal protection

Editorial: No more UTOPIA promises

UVU launches office to explore innovation in government

Search for new state prison location on fast track

Mike Lee thinks the IRS is involved in a cover-up

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

With judge's decision, what's next for immigration reform in Utah?


Utah County Sheriff's Office unaffected by BLM contract terminations (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Another NCLB waiver needed (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Tea Party Gets a Seat in House Leadership (TIME)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry: not yet a 2016 candidate, but sure sounding like one (Christian Science Monitor)

Schweitzer apologizes for 'stupid and insensitive' remarks (USA Today)

IRS boss faces 'cover-up' claims ahead of Hill hearing on missing emails (FOX News)

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton alliance under strain (Politico)

Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise vault into GOP leadership (Politico)

Huckabee slams 'judicial supremacy' (Politico)

DC to Suspend Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations (Associated Press)

High Court: Whistleblowers' Testimony Is Protected (Associated Press)

Argentina's comments put US lawyers in awkward spot (Reuters)

As Jobless Claims Dip, Growth Picks Up Speed (New York Times)

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