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Monday, June 9, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 9, 2014

Recordings show an aide to John Swallow tried to keep a deal to help accused businessman Jeremy Johnson under wraps. Same-sex marriage takes front and center at the annual Pride parade. The Salt Lake County Council will ask the Legislature to accept Medicaid expansion.


  • 15 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 148 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 231 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 512 days until the 2015 elections
  • 588 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 886 days until the 2016 presidential election
Monday's Utah political news highlights:
  • Newly released recordings show John Swallow aide Jason Powers tried to keep a proposed deal to help Jeremy Johnson a secretlest it harm his 2012 election chances [Tribune].
  • The issue of same-sex marriage wasfront and center during the annual Pride parade and festival in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker holds a wedding reception for the same-sex couples he married last year [Tribune].
  • Billionaire Jon Huntsman says he's interested in buying the Salt Lake Tribune, but any sale is on hold while the Justice Department investigates the changes made to the paper's joint operating agreement with the Deseret News [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake County Council is again urging the legislature to go along with Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  • If Orrin Hatch decides to run for an eighth term in Washington he still would have a long way to go be the oldest serving U.S. Senator [Tribune].
  • The State School Board is holding off on a decision to request another waiver to keep the state from having to meet some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Seven Utah counties will vote mostly by mail in this month's primary election [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1870 - Author Charles Dickens died at the age of 58.
  • 1989 - China agreed to lease Hong Kong to Britain for 99 years.
  • 1911 - Carrie Nation, the hatchet-wielding temperance crusader, died at age 64.
  • 1954 - Army counsel Joseph Welch confronted Sen. Joseph McCarthy during the Senate-Army hearings, asking "Have you no sense of decency?"
  • 1969 - The Senate confirmed Warren Burger as chief justice of the United States.
  • 1978 - After 148 years, the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints finally allowed black men to become priests.
  • 1986 - The Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket builder Morton Thiokol for management problems that led to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Improve Fairpark and keep state fair on North Temple

Op-ed: Much-maligned Rose Park is really in full bloom

Op-ed: Education shows caucus-convention advantages

Editorial: Rethink weaponry in police searches

Is Orrin Hatch leaving the door open to an 8th term?

New era for Utah politics: 7 counties voting mainly by mail

Paul Rolly: Mormon church ousted sugar rivals; will it do the same with news?

Is Utah's Orrin Hatch the oldest Senator? Not even close

Recording shows Swallow aide tried to keep lid on scandal

S.L. County to lobby Legislature to accept Medicaid funds

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah hot topics: Fireworks, Days of '47 parade and yearbook photos

Jenet and Michael Erickson: Stereotypes threaten religious liberty - We must engage with complexity

Editorial: Minimize the danger of fireworks by encouraging city-funded celebrations

Editorial: Utah provides welcoming home for refugees, who need help acclimatizing to American society

Crow hunt approved for Utah

State School Board divided on extending No Child Left Behind waiver

One more question, Mr. Huntsman ...

BLM says 'no' again to prospecting near Donner Party's trail


County GOP leaders to vote on commission candidate candidacy (Daily Herald)

County clerk candidates looking to improve election process (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Independents will play a big role in 2014 elections (Standard-Examiner)

Davis school board meeting gets testy over teacher pay (Standard-Examiner)

Cache Biz: Valley workers, leaders discuss minimum wage (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Feinstein: 'You can't help but worry' (The Hill)

Bowe Bergdahl captivity details emerge (Chicago Tribune)

Freed American Soldier Reportedly Won't Call Parents (TIME)

Hillary Clinton still deciding on presidential run in 2016 (CNN)

CIA joins Twitter, Facebook (Daily Star)

300 more migrant children shipped to Arizona (USA Today)

Cleveland Clinic's CEO won't take top VA post (Washington Post)

6 cities bid for Democratic National Convention in 2016 (Politico)

Tech Giants Are Taking a Stand Against the NSA's Spying (Complex)

Jobs report does little to raise Dem spirits (The Hill)

More patients flocking to ERs under Obamacare (Courier-Journal)

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