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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognized with three awards for journalistic excellence.


"Bob Bernick's Notebook" and "Bryan Schott's Political B.S." were each honored in the online category for "Best Overall Blog." Schott also was recognized for "Best Individual Blog Post." was the only exclusively online publication to receive an award in the 2015 Utah contest.


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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - June 29, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. It's "National Waffle Iron Day," so let's make some waffles to celebrate!

Republicans are divided over how to react to the Supreme Court ruling on marriage. One lawmaker wants Utah to stop issuing marriage licenses. The Utah GOP is still finding some friction in the move to comply with the state's new election law.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 43
  • Days to the 2015 election - 127
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 204
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 211
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 212
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 366
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 499

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The GOP presidential candidates are deeply divided over how to react to the Supreme Court's historic ruling on marriage [New York Times].
  2. In reaction to the SCOTUS marriage ruling, at least one Utah lawmaker wants the state to get out of the marriage business altogether [Tribune, Fox 13].
  3. Utah Republicans move forward with plans to comply with SB54, but not without some resistance [Deseret News].
  4. Federal investigators are taking over the probe into former Rep. Justin Miller and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams [Tribune].
  5. Banks in Greece remain closed all week because of that company's deepening debt crisis [BBC].
  6. The governor of Puerto Rico says the island doesn't have enough money to pay its $72 million debt [New York Times].
  7. If voters approve a tax hike in November, the Utah Transit Authority says they will expand bus service [Tribune].
  8. More Utahns are warming to the idea of charging sales tax for online purchases [Deseret News].
  9. The Human Rights Campaign denounces the World Congress of Families as a hate group ahead of their planned conference in Salt Lake City this fall [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. A little more than 1/3 of Utahns say they plan to vacation inside the state this summer while a quarter say they'll travel outside its borders [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - The Virginia state constitution was adopted.
  • 1853 - The U.S. Senate ratified the $10 million Gadsen Purchase from Mexico, which added 29,000 square miles to the territories of Arizona and New Mexico.
  • 1972 - The Supreme Court ruled that capital punishment, as then administered by individual states, was unconstitutional.
  • 2007 - The first Apple iPhone went on sale.

Today At Utah Policy

Where Are Utahns Headed on Vacation this Summer?
About a third of Utahns say they plan to stay inside the Beehive State for their summer vacations this year....

Watch This! Scalia's Dissents in Song
The progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria decided Justice Antonin Scalia's dissenting opinions in the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage cases were so lyrical that they deserved to be put to music....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: A Study in Contrasts
Two recent politically-charged issues, and how they were handled and mishandled, give students of Utah politics fine examples of what to do and not do....

Pioneer Park Coalition to Host Salt Lake City Mayoral Debate
Candidates for the 2015 Salt Lake City mayoral race have agreed to participate in a debate sponsored by the Pioneer Park Coalition on Wednesday, July 1st at 4:00 p.m. at KSL 5 TV Studios....

'Gay-Rights Supporter' Says It's Time to End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions
Liberal columnist Mark Oppenheimer says Sen. Mike Lee is right to fear that the gay rights movement, fresh off its victory at the Supreme Court, will now target religious institutions that refuse to endorse homosexual behavior....

Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage is Legal in All 50 States
In a landmark decision on Friday morning, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage is constitutional....

Policy News

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Burbank's Ouster and the Salt Lake City Mayoral Race
We asked our "Political Insiders" panel to weigh in on the ouster of Police Chief Chris Burbank and how that will play in the Salt Lake City Mayoral race....

Press Release: HRC Takes on The World Congress of Families in Salt Lake City
During a press conference with local and international stakeholders in Salt Lake City today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, announced its sponsorship of  a gathering of local leaders...

Lee Calls For First Amendment Defense Act After Supreme Court Rules On Same-Sex Marriage
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement the Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states license marriages between people of the same sex....

Rep. Bishop Objects to SCOTUS Decision
After the Supreme Court released its 5-4 decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, and it was held that the states are not empowered to decide for themselves on the issue of marriage, Rep. Rob Bishop issued the following statement:...

Hatch Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, and member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement following the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage:...

Red Wing Shoe Company Announces Activation of a Foreign Trade Zone in Utah
Red Wing Shoe Company is pleased to announce the activation of a Foreign Trade Zone at their distribution center in Salt Lake City, UT....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Instead of the prison, let's move the refineries

Editorial: University deals must be open to the public

If Utah voters approve tax hike, UTA eyes expanding bus, airport service

West Jordan invites ousted city attorney back to work

Feds to handle expanding probe into Miller-McAdams claims

'Mormon Rivals' - Why the Nixon White House asked Jon Huntsman Sr. about his LDS tithing

'Mormon Rivals' - How Mitt Romney's experience on Sept. 11 changed the Olympic Games

'Mormon Rivals' - Romneys and Huntsmans: Political dynasties in the making?

A year after Utah OKs therapeutic hemp oil, parents say it's 'single most effective' treatment for kids with epilepsy

Mormon, Catholic churches stand firm against same-sex marriage

Debate about science standards pits faithful Mormon against faithful Mormon

Tarbet provided a steady hand during tumultuous times in Utah A.G.'s office

Utah lawmaker: Does logic behind gay-marriage ruling open door to 'polygamy, bestiality'?

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Charleston shooting has sparked national discussion on racism

Orrin Hatch: TPA trade agreement counts as bipartisan victory for political parties, American people

Drew Clark: How federalism can help solve the debate over Internet taxes

Editorial: As July holidays approach, Utah still needs improvement in DUI prevention, enforcement

Experts: Decision raises religious freedom questions, but Utah law appears sound

Election law changes spark friction at GOP meeting

Mill Creek restoration project to offer new look, improved native fish habitat

Support for law requiring sales tax for online purchases growing in Utah


Education office wants more money to track finances (Standard-Examiner)

Growing Pains: Meeting transportation needs requires advance planning, public input (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

The Grand Old Party's future shock (Politico)

Iran talks: 5 key things to watch (Politico)

US official: Iran talks to push past deadline (The Hill)

Pope's activism sets stage for awkward visit to Capitol Hill (The Hill)

Activist on taking down Confederate flag: 'All they have to do is keep it down' (Christian Science Monitor)

Huckabee: Same-sex marriage opponents 'will go the path of' MLK (CBS News)

Donald Trump giving up 'The Apprentice' to run for president (CNN)

Graham: Remove the Confederate flag, keep other Confederate tributes (FOX News)

Christie launches 2016 bid (Associated Press)

Sanders Defends Gun Record as Marriage, Flag Dominate Debate (New York Times)

Oregon weed legal soon, but not legally sold (Washington Times)


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