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Monday, June 30, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 30, 2014

Investigators continue to build a case against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks at BYU. Dave Hansen picks sides in the 2016 gubernatorial race.


  • 127 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 210 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 491 days until the 2015 elections
  • 567 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 862 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday's top news stories:

  • Investigators continue to build a possible criminal case against former attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff [Deseret News].
  • Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks at BYU [Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  • Top GOP strategist Dave Hansen says he will join Jonathan Johnson's 2016 gubernatorial campaign if he decides to run [Utah Policy].
  • Activists fly a blimp over the NSA's data center in Bluffdale to protest the organization's surveillance activities [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the highest ranking Mormon in Washington, declines comment on the excommunication of Kate Kelly [Tribune].
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox almost turned down the job when it was offered to him following the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell [Deseret News].
  • Former Provo Mayor Lewis Billings says the future of UTOPIA deserves a "rousing debate" [Utah Policy].
  • The Wasatch Front Regional Council is mulling which transportation projects should be put on waiting lists for federal funding [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1921 - President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft chief justice of the United States.
  • 1934 - Adolf Hitler began his "blood purge" of political and military leaders in Germany known as "The Night of the Long Knives."
  • 1971 - The 26th Amendment, which lowered the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to approve it.

Today's World Cup schedule:

  • France vs. Nigeria (10:00 am, ESPN)
  • Germany vs. Algeria (2:00 pm, ESPN)

Today At Utah Policy

Hansen Plans to Join Johnson's 2016 Campaign...If He Runs
If chairman Jonathan Johnson decides to challenge Gov. Gary Herbert in 2016, he already has a formidable political operative on his side....

Americans Tweeted the Word 'Nazi' a Lot When Germany Scored in the World Cup
American soccer fans weren't shy about throwing around the word "Nazi" during the World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany.Deadspin's Reuben Fischer-Baumdid some data mining to find out when American Twitter users used the word during the game. This chart...

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

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Utah's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Last week, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Utah could not ban same-sex marriage. We asked our "Political Insiders" and readers what they thought the next step in the battle would be?...

Programming for the Southern Utah Tech Pipeline
The number of unfilled software development positions among St. George tech-based companies is a good indicator that the region is experiencing a shortage of qualified programmers....

Lee: Withhold Obama's Funds Until He Stops Breaking Law
In an interview with the Tea Party News Network, Sen. Mike Lee says Congress should block Pres. Obama's unconstitutional power-grabs by withholding funding to the executive branch....

UTOPIA's Important Decision
Congratulations to those who are working hard to find long term, effective solutions to the UTOPIA financial and operational dilemmas....

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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Primary elections validate Count My Vote

Op-ed: Healthy Utah plan good for Utahns and Utah business

Op-ed: Shurtleff raid further proof of over-militarization of police

Editorial: Utah leaders right to press immigration deal

Planners add Wasatch Front highway, transit projects to wait list

Utah's Chaffetz takes a tour of the liberal side

Laura Bush: Citizens should hold government accountable

Memorials inspire hope in cynical Washington

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Is America in decline or are her best days ahead?

Op-ed: 10th Circuit Court ruling: Reasonable people can have good-faith disagreements

John Florez: School boards don't do takeaways

Drew Clark: Utah is an urban oasis that helps build value for middle class

Robert Bennett: 'You never really know what's going to happen in politics'

Editorial: Expanding Goblin Valley State Park deserves serious consideration

Editorial: The Constitution and tensions of government

Investigators continue to build case against ex-A.G.s Shurtleff, Swallow

Battle between Utah's rural counties and BLM intensifies

'Typical' day in Division of Child and Family Services? There isn't one, caseworkers tell state lawmakers

Laura Bush turns chorus of complaint into sacred music at patriotic service in Provo

Division among the 11 UTOPIA cities could threaten utility fee proposal

AARP: Utah last on scorecard, could do more to support family caregivers

Spencer Cox: The lieutenant governor who almost said no

Utah moving to address pollution at Rockport, Echo reservoirs


Editorial: Stop taxing Social Security benefits (Standard-Examiner)

UTOPIA in limbo with split vote of owner cities (Standard-Examiner)

Summit County unemployment rate decreases (Park Record)

National Headlines

Industry group: IRS lost email story 'makes no sense,' records should have been kept (FOX News)

No place like home: Romney scapegoat wins in Miss. (Politico)

RNC chief: Voters getting 'Hillary fatigue' (The Hill)

For Hillary, dominance could spell danger (The Hill)

5 key border questions answered (The Hill)

Obama Asks Congress for Action on Kids Crossing Border (Bloomberg)

Wendy Davis tries to get Texas campaign for governor back on track (Reuters)

High court poised to decide birth-control dispute (Associated Press)

Weary Benghazi suspect cooperates inside D.C. courtroom (Politico)

Aereo suspends video streaming after Supreme Court decision (New York Daily News)

Top Republican alleges Obama 'trampling' on authority of Congress, backs lawsuit (FOX News)

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