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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 4, 2014

Shurtleff decries the search of his home by law enforcement agents. Matheson endorses Owens in Utah's 4th District. Lawmaker says the Supreme Court may not rule on same-sex marriage.


  • 20 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 153 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 236 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 517 days until the 2015 elections
  • 593 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 891 days until the 2016 presidential election
Wednesday's Utah political news highlights:
  • Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff decries heavy handed tactics used by law enforcement officials during the search of his home [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Democratic Rep. Brian King says he doubts the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on same-sex marriage [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah won't file a lawsuit against the federal government anytime soon in the effort to wrest away control of public lands [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jim Matheson offers up his endorsement of Democrat Doug Owens to replace him in Congress [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune]. Here's a podcast conversation with Owens about the campaign [Utah Policy].
  • The ACLU tells the Salt Lake City Council that they could be violating the First Amendment if they send a letter supporting a group that was excluded from the Days of '47 Parade [Tribune].
  • Officials break ground on the new Broadway-style theater in downtown Salt Lake City [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Rose Park residents protest possible changes to their golf course [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • 1892 - The Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco.
  • 1896 - Henry Ford made a successful test run of his horseless carriage.
  • 1912 - Massachusetts became the first state to adopt a minimum wage law.
  • 1919 - Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing citizens the right to vote regardless of gender.
  • 1940 - Allied toops completed the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk, France.
  • 1942 - The Battle of Midway began in World War II.
  • 1984 - The album "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen was released.
  • 1985 - The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling striking down an Alabama law providing for a daily minute of silence in public schools.
  • 1988 - A federal judge sentenced Terry Nichols to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 1989 - Chinese troops stormed Tiananmen Square to crush a pro-democracy movement.
  • 2003 - Martha Stewart was indicted on charges of insider trading.

Today At Utah Policy

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Owens Hits Love Over Support of Shutdown
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Mike Lee: More Communication, But No Moderating
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: High five, Highland High, for high Latino grad rate

Amid criticism, committee narrows Utah state school board field

Jeremy Johnson inches closer to criminal trial

Utah's takeover of federal lands - lawsuit not in near future

Could U.S. Supreme Court decide not to decide on same-sex marriage?

No sanctions or cleanup in Utah monument oil mess

Shurtleff blasts agents' 'Dirty Harry' tactics

ACLU cries foul on SLC Council protest of Days of '47 flap

Matheson urges Utahns to buck Love and back Owens

Father of killed Utah soldier calls Bowe Bergdahl deal 'disgraceful'

Paul Rolly: Ken Ivory defenders can't get their lawsuits straight

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Obama's plan means Utah's energy bills will rise

Editorial: In seeking carbon reductions, Obama administration barrels ahead without compromise

Judge wants to set trial date in Jeremy Johnson case

School board incumbents survive committee vetting

BLM releases final report on Escalante oil spil

Rep. Jim Matheson endorses Doug Owens in 4th District

Agents used 'Dirty Harry' tactics and traumatized family, Mark Shurtleff says

Utah lawmaker questions if gay marriage case will reach U.S. Supreme Court


Orem holding public meeting on UTOPIA/Macquarie proposal (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Stericycle's long goodbye (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Harry Reid knew of Bowe Bergdahl deal before release (Politico)

Book: Obama told donors he might be in 'strong position' to amend Constitution (The Hill)

WH apologizes to Senate intel chief for prisoner swap secret (The Hill)

Not-yet-candidate Hillary Clinton to hold town hall event (USA Today)

No worries: NSA chief says facial recognition program is totally legal (Ars Technica)

NRA Scolds 'Weird' People Brandishing Guns in Coffee Shops: 4 Blunt Points (Bloomberg)

Arizona abortion restrictions to remain blocked (Associated Press)

Arizona congressional candidate changes name to Cesar Chavez (FOX News)

Seattle Council Unanimously Passes $15 Minimum Wage (Heartland)

Pentagon: Russian fighter came within 100 feet of US reconnaissance plane over Pacific (Associated Press)

48 trillion US $ needed by 2035 to meet global energy needs: International Energy Agency (Economic Times)

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