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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 3, 2014

Agents raid the homes of John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. Utahns react to carbon cutting plan. Lee isn't moving to the political middle ahead of 2016.


  • 21 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 154 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 237 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 518 days until the 2015 elections
  • 594 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 892 days until the 2016 presidential election
Tuesday's top Utah political news stories:
  • Law enforcement agents execute search warrants on the homes ofJohn Swallow and Mark Shurtleff [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Utah officials react to a plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30% [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee is not moderating his politics in order to avoid an intra-party challenger in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  • Salt Lake City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa says he's not totally behind Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's plan to cut funding for fireworks to reduce pollution [Tribune].
  • The Jordan School District is fighting an effort by South Jordan residents to split and form a separate school district [Tribune].
  • A new poll says Utahns think immigration reform will benefit the state's economy [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • A massive soccer complex nearthe Jordan River is finally starting to take shape [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1621 - The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands, which is present-day New York City.
  • 1861 - Stephen Douglas, U.S. politician, died.
  • 1937 - The Duke of Windsor married American divorcee Wallis Simpson, for whom he had abdicated the British throne.
  • 1965 - Astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space, during the flight of Gemini 4.
  • 1989 - Chinese troops began a sweep of Beijing to crush pro-democracy demonstrations.
  • 1989 - Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini died.
  • 2008 - Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Growing national debt threatens our future

Will Utah cities OK Australia company's takeover of UTOPIA?

Jordan School District fights possible split

Utah school board incumbent still in running

Salt Lake City councilman not sold on Becker's fireworks cuts

Agents search homes of Swallow, Shurtleff

Wild horse advocates flood BLM with roundup opposition

Utahns say lack of immigration reform hurts farmers, consumers

Utahns react to EPA call for cutting power plant carbon emissions 30%

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: Labor's GDP share and economic efficiency

Op-ed: Public schools should prepare students before focusing elsewhere

Editorial: Vexing questions raised after Bergdahl prisoner exchange

Poll shows Utahns feel immigration is good for state's economy

School board candidates quizzed on funding, school choice, Common Core

Utah Division of Air Quality looks at proposed rule for businesses

New EPA regulations on carbon 'pure fantasy,' Utah congressman says

Director of Salt Lake's VA calls Phoenix scandal a 'crisis,' opportunity to improve

Investigators search homes of former attorneys general John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff

Did cost of recovering Idaho POW include the life of Utah soldier?


Leaders learn about Provo neighborhoods on grassroots level (Daily Herald)

Farmers and local businesses call for immigration reform (Daily Herald)

Hatch, Bishop critical of EPA plans to cut power plant emissions (Standard-Examiner)

Top five coal-fired electric power plants in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Report forecasts big growth for USU (Logan Herald Journal)

Report: Medicaid hike would help many (Logan Herald Journal)

Peter Corroon, other notable Utah Democrats attend Jefferson/Jackson Dinner (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

President Obama goes rogue on Gitmo (Politico)

Sarah Palin on Bowe Bergdahl: President Obama 'blew it' (Politico)

Democrats' new coal headache (The Hill)

Obama Orders Pollution Cuts, but Timing Uncertain (Associated Press)

Coal-state lawmakers rally against power plant emissions crackdown (FOX News)

Senate race, from jumbled to jelling around Ernst (Associated Press)

NRA chastises open carry protests in Texas (Star-Telegram)

US Supreme Court: don't use chemical weapons ban to charge vengeful wife (Christian Science Monitor)

Obama creates group to help border-crossing kids (USA Today)

The Supreme Court won't intervene in the James Risen case. What's next? (Washington Post)

Scott vetoes higher speed limits in Florida (Palm Beach Post)

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