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Thursday, June 5, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 5, 2014

A claim about donation laundering could drag Mike Lee into the John Swallow scandal. Shurtleff expects to be charged and cleared in the Swallow investigation. Utah appealing a ruling forcing the state to recognize same-sex marriages.


  • 19 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 152 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 235 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 516 days until the 2015 elections
  • 592 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 890 days until the 2016 presidential election
Thursday's Utah political news highlights:
  • Whoa! Accused fraudster Jeremy Johnson claims he laundered donations to Mike Lee's 2010 Senate campaign at the behest of former Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune].
  • One of the search warrants in the Swallow investigation targeted the email account of campaign staffer Jessica Fawson [Deseret News].
  • Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he expects he will be charged, and ultimately cleared, in the criminal probe targeting him and John Swallow [Tribune].
  • Utah is appealing a federal court ruling ordering the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed following the Amendment 3 ruling last year [Deseret News,Tribune].
  • Utah could be on the verge of a solar power boom [Tribune].
  • A study says the manufacture and sale of beer has a $1 billion economic impact in Utah [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1723 - Economist Adam Smith was born in Scotland.
  • 1884 - Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican nomination for president saying "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected."
  • 1933- The United States went off the gold standard.
  • 1947 - Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlined an aid program for Europe that came to be known as the "Marshall Plan."
  • 1967 -The Arab-Israeli Six-Day War began.
  • 1968 - Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles. Gunman Sirhan Sirhan was immediately arrested.
  • 1981 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare type of pneumonia; they were the first known cases of what later came to be identified as AIDS.
  • 2002 - Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in her family's Salt Lake City home.
  • 2004 - Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at the age of 93.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Political groups pursue a public land scam

Film: Tragic stories of Utahns in the Medicaid coverage gap

Lawyer, police consultant criticize Shurtleff raid

How bad is Salt Lake traffic? Not that bad, says study

Solar energy poised to blossom in Utah desert

Utah appealing ruling that validates gay marriages

Shurtleff expects to be charged - and cleared

Johnson: Swallow had me launder donations to Lee's campaign

Will Utah's baby boom ever return?

Deseret News

Op-ed: Defending marriage at the Supreme Court

Dan Liljenquist: 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not a policy, it is a justification

Jay Evensen: Get radical when choosing new superintendent of public instruction

Editorial: Weighing costs against benefits, in Utah and around the nation, necessary for sound energy development

Theresa Foxley joins GOED

Governor unveils energy-efficiency, savings plan to target industry, farmers and air quality

Search warrant targets former Utah A.G. John Swallow's campaign manager

Utah to appeal decision requiring recognition of same-sex marriages


Eagle Mountain set to sell power and gas assets (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Davis cities take initiative (Standard-Examiner)

Centerville UTOPIA panel wants more time (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama - legacy or victory? (The Hill)

Secret Service: Obama was safe in gym (The Hill)

Graham warns of Republican impeachment push over Gitmo (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton on 2016: 'I have a decision to make' (CBS News)

Idaho Town That Waited 5 Years For Bergdahl Now Must Defend Its Support (KPLU)

The Other VA Scandal: Why most of the press has checked out of the story (FOX News)

McDaniel and Cochran Head for Likely Miss. Runoff (Associated Press)

Now Application 'Inconsistencies' Vex Health Law (Associated Press)

China state media calls for 'severe punishment' for Google, Apple, U.S. tech firms (Reuters)

President Obama's Prisoner Swap Weakened the Rule of Law (The Atlantic)

U.S. Workers' Productivity Falters (Wall Street Journal)

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