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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Local leaders and religious groups hail the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. The Utah AG's office misses a court deadline.


  • 126 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 209 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 490 days until the 2015 elections
  • 566 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 861 days until the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday's top news stories:

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch hails Monday'sSupreme Court ruling that companies do not have to provide contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act [Tribune].Utah religious organizations cheer the same ruling [Tribune].
  • Good grief! The UtahAG's office misses a deadline in a court case over whether the state should have to recognize the same-sex marriages performed in Utah [Tribune].
  • Local leaders react to President Obama's announcement he plans to use executive authority to address aspects of immigration policy [Deseret News].
  • Utah lawmakers join a national effort to call for a Constitutional Convention [Utah Policy].
  • The U.S. Department of Education dismisses a complaint by Salt Lake School Board member Michael Clara over alleged discriminatory hiring practices [Deseret News].
  • Real Salt Lake GM Garth Lagerwey talks about how the team's fan base is reflective of the demographic changes in Utah [Utah Policy].
  • Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, has ties to the University of Utah [Tribune].
  • Only six of the 11 UTOPIA cities are moving forward with a proposal from an Australian firm to operate the troubled UTOPIA fiber optic network [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • According to Census numbers, an overwhelming number of residents in Piute County live in poverty [Tribune].
  • The CEO of the Salt Lake Tribune says the company has no intention of ceasing publication [Deseret News].

Today in history:

  • 1863 - The Battle of Gettysburg began.
  • 1966 - The Medicare federal program went into effect.
  • 1987 - President Ronald Reagan nominated federal appeals court judge Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court. Bork was later rejected by the Senate.
  • 2000 - Vermont's civil unions law went into effect.

Tuesday's World Cup schedule:

  • Argentina vs. Switzerland (10:00 am, ESPN)
  • Belgium vs. United States (2:00 pm, ESPN)

Today At Utah Policy

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Veterans Affairs nominee has University of Utah ties

Hatch applauds Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling

Mormon, Catholic leaders in Utah laud Hobby Lobby ruling

Six Utah cities move ahead on UTOPIA deal - for now

80% of Utah's Piute County residents live in 'poverty areas'

Deseret News

Editorial: Supreme Court upholds meaning and purpose to bipartisan law protecting free exercise of religion

School board member's discrimination complaint dismissed by U.S. Department of Education

UTOPIA board votes to move forward with Macquarie deal

Supreme Court rules in favor of religious freedom in Hobby Lobby case

Becket Fund makes its mark by testing limits of religious liberty

Local leaders urge community to 'stay calm' when it comes to changing immigration policy


Google Fiber extends signups through September (Daily Herald)

Hobby Lobby ruling garners messages of support from lawmakers (Standard-Examiner)

Rep. Bishop visits Logan, talks transportation, air quality (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

SCOTUS decision ignites Obamacare, contraception fight (Politico)

Rush Limbaugh: Hobby Lobby ruling 'should never have been an issue' (Politico)

Republicans hail Hobby Lobby decision as religious victory (The Hill)

In Florida, opinions vary on Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling (Tampa Bay Times)

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act and complicity in sin (Washington Post)

Ruling Against Union Fees Contains Damage to Labor (New York Times)

Obama nominates former P&G chief to head up VA (FOX News)

'Kissing congressman' Vance McAllister to run for reelection. Any hope? (Christian Science Monitor)

Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show (Washington Post)

FAA will miss deadline to integrate drones in U.S. skies, report says (Washington Post)

New York Communities Can Ban Fracking, Court Rules (Wall Street Journal)

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