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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 24, 2014

Investigators seize 10,000 cash from the home of John Swallow. The LDS Church excommunicates the founder of Ordain Women. Predictions for Tuesday's primary elections.


  • Today is primary election day in Utah
  • 133 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 216 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 497 days until the 2015 elections
  • 573 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 868 days until the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday's top news stories:

  • Unsealed search warrants say investigators seized $10,000 in cash plus computers and other electronic devices from the home of former Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The LDS Church excommunicates Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women, for apostasy [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Bob Bernick makes his predictions for Tuesday's primary [Utah Policy].
  • Democratic Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont must take leave from his jobin order to run for office against his boss, Republican Attorney General Sean Reyes [Tribune].
  • Gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian's pleads no contest to disorderly conduct [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart sponsors a bill to ban government agencies from forming their own paramilitary units [Tribune].
  • The BLM approves the roundup of 140 wild horses to help reduce their numbers [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1509 - Henry VII was crowned king of England.
  • 1908 - Former President Grover Cleveland died in New Jersey.
  • 1940 - France signed an armistice with Italy during World War II.
  • 1948 - Communist forces began the blockade of West Berlin, prompting the United States to organize an airlift to bring supplies.
  • 2004 - Federal investigators questioned President George W. Bush in connection with the leak of a CIA operative's name.
  • 2009 - After disappearing for several days, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted that he had secretly flown to Argentina to visit his mistress..
  • 2011 - New York State legalized same-sex marriage.

Tuesday's World Cup schedule:

  • Italy vs. Uruguay (10:00 am, ESPN)
  • Costa Rica vs. England (10:00 am, ESPN)
  • Japan vs. Colombia (2:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Greece vs. Ivory Coast (2:00 pm, ESPN)

Today At Utah Policy

Predictions for Tuesday's Primaries
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Featured Items

Goodwill Gesture: Cummings Hosts Chaffetz In Baltimore
Calling for "a new era of bipartisanship," liberal Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings welcomesRep. Jason Chaffetz Monday for a tour of the city of Baltimore. Cummings will visitChaffetz's district in Utah later this year....

Utah.Gov Recognized as Best Online Community Resource
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Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Who Uses Social Media the Best?
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USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery Improves Disease Identification Tool at VAAST Hackathon
A child is born in a hospital and has a life-threatening illness that appears to be genetic in nature, but none of the attending physicians can figure out what it is....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: UTOPIA cities should drive a hard bargain

Rolly: Shurtleff should know 'Dirty Harry' tactics when he sees them

Mexico's Utah consul works to build trust

Is UTA bullying small-business neighbor?

Utah's Catholic bishop: If you're pro-life, you're pro-Medicaid expansion

Promoting 'scenic byway' designation attracts tourist dollars

Under pressure, BLM OK's roundup of 140 wild horses

Utah's Stewart sponsors bill to ban federal SWAT teams

Legal twist: Candidate must take leave to run against boss

Utah gun lobbyist Aposhian resolves criminal case

Swallow, Shurtleff used Johnson's houseboat, Ferrari, jet

Deseret News

Op-ed: America should look beyond slogans and smooth presentations

Editorial: Supreme Court curtails more ambitious aspects of EPA's greenhouse gas regulations

Gun lobbyist 'vindicated' as charges dropped in plea deal

Utah weighs in on BLM plan for southern Utah's wild horses

Swallow, Shurtleff used jet, houseboat, Ferrari of indicted businessman


Voters head to the polls Tuesday for primaries (Daily Herald)

Editorial: A final race to the polls (Standard-Examiner)

State Board of Education debates No Child Left Behind; Terryl Warner advocates for waiver (Logan Herald Journal)

Primary election will touch on important topics, likely determine who serves next (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Inside the vast liberal conspiracy (Politico)

Obama: US firepower won't solve Iraq divisions (The Hill)

Iraq gives US military advisers immunity (The Hill)

Memo outlines justification for drone strikes on citizens (USA Today)

Hillary Clinton: We pay our taxes (Politico)

Special counsel: VA ignored whistleblower warnings about wait times (CBS News)

The Republican runoff in Mississippi just got messier (MSNBC)

Darrell Issa previews IRS grilling (Politico)

White House invokes Ronald Reagan in bid to save Ex-Im Bank (Washington Times)

Americans Simply Don't Have Enough Savings (ValueWalk)

Latest missile defense system test is successful (Los Angeles Times)

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