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Friday, June 27, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 27, 2014

Same-sex marriage opponents regroup. Sen. Mike Lee is the subject of a campaign finance complaint. Orem rejects UTOPIA deal.


  • 130 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 213 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 494 days until the 2015 elections
  • 570 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 865 days until the 2016 presidential election

Friday's top news stories:

  • Opponents of same-sex marriage are regrouping following the 10th Circuit Court's ruling [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah's appeal of the ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage should move to the Supreme Court [Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • A liberal group files a campaign finance complaint against Sen. Mike Lee [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Sen. Lee hails the Supreme Court ruling that President Obama's use of recess appointments to federal positions is unconstitutional [Tribune].
  • The Orem City Council rejects a proposed deal from an Australian company to build out and operate the UTOPIA fiber optic network [Daily Herald, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1844 - Mormon leader Joseph Smith was murdered by a mob in Carthage, Illinois.
  • 1893 - The New York stock market crashed.
  • 1950 - The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling on member nations to help South Korea repels an invasion from the North.
  • 1969 - Patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, clashed with police in an incident considered to be the birth of the gay rights movement.
  • 1972 - The Atari video game company was founded in Santa Clara, California.
  • 1980 - President Jimmy Carter signed legislation reviving the draft.
  • 1985 - Route 66 was officially decertified.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Herbert's 'Campaign Mode'
GOP Gov. Gary Herbert personally confirmed Thursday that he will seek re-election in 2016....

Utah Advocacy Group Files Complaint Against Lee
The left-leaning group Alliance for a Better Utah has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, alleging Sen. Mike Lee accepted "straw donations" in his 2010 race for U.S. Senate....

Salt Lake City Named 'Least Stressed Out City' in the U.S.
CNN Money says Salt Lake City is the "least stressed out" in the country....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Matheson's Path
Now that Gov. Herbert has decided to run for another term in 2016, I think we can make a pretty safe assumption about what Rep. Jim Matheson will do if he decides to get back into the political arena following his retirement from Congress....

Featured Items

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Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #193
Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is struck down...again. Gov. Gary Herbert is running for re-election...again. Plus most incumbents won their primary elections.Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week that was in Utah politics....

Weekly Survey: Amendment 3 Ruling
Now that the 10th Circuit Court has ruled Utah cannot ban same-sex marriage, what do you think the next step will be? Vote in our weekly survey....

Lee: Another Unanimous Defeat for Obama at SCOTUS
Sen. Mike Leeis vindicated after the Supreme Courtrebukes Pres. Obama over hisillegal 2012 "recess" appointments to the National Labor Relations Board....

Chaffetz: Congress Befuddled by Tech Changes
In an interview with Politico, Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Washington is failing to keep pace with the rapidly changing world of technology and telecom development....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Wild horse solution requires delicate balance

Utah's Mike Lee feels vindicated by Supreme Court ruling

Herbert: Supreme Court challenge is not a sure thing

Doc who backs governor's Medicaid plan likely will win House seat

Utah group files federal election complaint against Senator Lee

San Juan County woman likely to be first female commissioner

Opponents of same-sex marriage vow to continue fight to Supreme Court

Deseret News

Editorial: Supreme Court cellphone ruling an important victory against unreasonable searches by government

Utah looking for ways to overcome 10th Circuit loss

Poll: Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion has favor with Utah voters

Herbert running again in 2016

Orem bows out of Macquarie UTOPIA proposal

Sen. Mike Lee says he has 'absolutely no knowledge' of alleged illegal campaign donations


Editorial: Court right on cellphone privacy (Standard-Examiner)

Utah County GOP moves to support Greg Graves (Daily Herald)

Major Ogden transit project taking shape (Standard-Examiner)

County Assessor seeks to address emissions testing concerns (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

GOP praises court for 'rebuke' of Obama (The Hill)

Al-Maliki: Lacking US help, Iraq turns to Russia (The Hill)

Democrats: No bluff, Obama will go it alone on immigration (The Hill)

Ruling limits president's recess appointments (Associated Press)

Supreme Court Strikes Down Massachusetts Law Curbing Abortion Protesters (NBC News)

Todd Akin: Hillary Clinton 'hypocritical' (Politico)

Pew: 'Political center' very diverse (Politico)

Guide to the IRS email controversy (FOX News)

Rangel wins primary (Associated Press)

U.S. second-quarter growth forecasts cut on tepid consumer spending (Reuters)

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