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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 25, 2014

Most incumbents win their primary challenges. GOP lawmakers urge Congress to act on immigration reform. Murray and Centerville reject UTOPIA deal.


  • 132 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 215 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 496 days until the 2015 elections
  • 572 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 867 days until the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday's top news stories:

  • Two legislative incumbents survive primary challenges while former Rep. Brad Daw ousts Rep. Dana Layton [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Republican Kevin Jacobs and Democrat Jeff Hatch fend off challengers in their Salt Lake County primary elections [Tribune].
  • GOP lawmakers urge Congress to act on immigration reform [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake County officials put renewal of the ZAP tax on November's ballot [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The DABC grants Snowbird a liquor license for their annual Oktoberfest [Tribune].
  • A Utah company that donated generously to the campaigns of John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff settles a case with the Federal Trade Commission [Tribune].
  • Ivory Homes is fined $250,000 by the EPA for failing to comply with Clean Water Act standards for storm-water runoff [Tribune].
  • The Utah Supreme Court is investigating whether UDOT abused the state's eminent domain law [Tribune].
  • The number of travelers atSalt Lake International Airport rose 1% last year [Tribune].
  • The Murray and Centerville city councils reject a proposed deal to build out the controversial UTOPIA fiber optic system [ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1788 - Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the 10th state in the Union.
  • 1868 - Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were readmitted to the Union.
  • 1876 - General George Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana.
  • 1950 - North Korean forces invaded South Korea kicking off the Korean War.
  • 1962 - The Supreme Court ruled the use of unofficial, nondenominational prayer in New York Public schools was unconstitutional.
  • 1973 - Former White House Counsel John Dean began testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee.
  • 1995 - Warren E. Burger, the 15th chief justice of the United States, died at age 87.
  • 1998 - The Supreme Court ruled a line-item veto law was unconstitutional.
  • 2009 - Singer Michael Jackson died from an overdose of a powerful anesthetic.

Wednesday's World Cup schedule:

  • Nigeria vs. Argentina (10:00 am, ESPN)
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran (10:00 am, ESPN2)
  • Honduras vs. Switzerland (2:00 pm, ESPN2)
  • Ecuador vs. France (2:00 pm, ESPN)

Today At Utah Policy

Two Incumbents Cruise on Primary Night While One Falls
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Utah Becoming a Haven for Third-Party Candidates
More third-party candidates have run for Congress from Utah in the past quarter century than during the previous 93-years combined....

Salt Lake City Ranks #37th "Most Innovative" City in America
A new ranking of the "most innovative" cities in the world lists Salt Lake City as #37 in the nation and #117 worldwide....

Utah GOP Officials Urge Congress to Act on Immigration Reform
27 current and former GOP elected officials sent a letter to Utah's Congressional delegation urging them to act on immigration reform this year, saying the system is "broken."The letter, signed by members of Utah's legislature and former U.S. Senator Jake Garn says, in part:...

Watch the Population of the U.S. Shift West
Watch this fascinating GIF that illustrates how the population center of the United States has shifted west....

Predictions for Tuesday's Primaries
Did you knowTuesdayis primary day in Utah?...

Featured Items

Chaffetz: Unleash the 'Geeks' and 'Nerds'
Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants toassign a team of ITexpertsto find Lois Lerner's missing emails, which were supposedly destroyedwhen her computer "crashed" two weeks after Congressbegan itsinvestigation into IRS targeting of Tea Party groups in 2011....

The Biggest Small Conference You Likely Don't Know About
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Anti-SWAT bill would legislate first, ask questions later

Utah, U.S. consumers gain confidence in the economy

Utah legislators join letter urging immigration reform

Paul Rolly: Salt Lake City parking problems pile up

Supreme Court questions state eminent domain law

Is Utah's agricultural conservation a bust?

Major donor in AG campaigns settles fraud complaint

County puts ZAP tax renewal on November ballot

Voters oust one Utah House incumbent, challenged senator cruises to primary win

Salt Lake County voters reward experience in primary contests

Deseret News

Dustup at state ag department amid allegations of 'cronyism'

Audit: Ag officials could do better job managing conservation funds

Republican legislators, ex-senator call on U.S. House to pass immigration reform

Report: Consumer attitudes improving in Utah

Centerville, Murray reject UTOPIA utility fee proposal

Former Rep. Brad Daw beats incumbent Rep. Dana Layton in GOP primary

Will Salt Lake taxpayers keep funding zoo, arts and parks?


Lawmakers send immigration letter to congressional members (Daily Herald)

Daw moves on to general election after win against Layton (Daily Herald)

Buhman wins: Voters choose experience in County Attorney race (Daily Herald)

Lee grabs Republican nomination for County Commission (Daily Herald)

Davis primary draws 22,000 mail-in votes (Standard-Examiner)

Millburn wins in Davis; Kilts ousts Rowley (Standard-Examiner)

County Council: More extensive external audit sought for treasurer, auditor (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

The existential crisis of the liberal millionaire (Politico)

President Clinton: 'Dead broke' comments were 'factually true' (The Hill)

Mississippi's revolution may be just starting (Politico)

House Democrats fear 'another Vietnam' (The Hill)

Top Republican: Obama 'turning a blind eye' to crisis on the border (The Hill)

'Clinton' musical will feature two actors portraying former President Bill Clinton (New York Daily News)

Judge rules no-fly list violates travelers' rights (USA Today)

Politics of border security hamper immigration overhaul (USA Today)

National Archives boss: IRS 'did not follow the law' on lost Lerner emails (FOX News)

VA fails to acknowledge 'severity of problems,' new report says (Los Angeles Times)

U.S. export lender in jeopardy as Republicans pull support (Reuters)

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