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Friday, July 11, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 11, 2014

Utah Senators flush with campaign cash. U.S. Senate approves land swap. A number of Utahns want the state to ditch daylight saving time.


  • 116 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 199 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 480 days until the 2015 elections
  • 556 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 851 days until the 2016 presidential election

Today's top news stories:

  • Sen. John Valentine has more than $100,000 in his campaign account even though he's not up for re-election this year [Utah Policy].
  • The U.S. Senate votes to approve a land exchange on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation [Tribune].
  • A government-sponsored forum hears from a number of Utahns who say they'd like the state to ditch daylight saving time [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Downtown Salt Lake City's economy is booming as businesses report record sales [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Utahns rally to show support for immigrant children who have crossed into the United States from Mexico [Tribune].
  • Today is "Free Slurpee Day" at 7-11 [Time].

On this day in history:

  • 1533 - England's King Henry VIII was excommunicated.
  • 1798 - The U.S. Marine Corps was created by an act of Congress.
  • 1804 - Former vice president Aaron Burr fatally wounded former secretary of the treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Hamilton died the following afternoon.
  • 1952 - The Republican National Convention in Chicago nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard Nixon for vice president.
  • 1979 - The U.S. space station Skylab returned to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean and Australia.

World Cup schedule:

  • 3rd place game
    • Brazil vs. Netherlands (Saturday, 2:00 pm - ESPN)
  • Final
    • Germany vs. Argentina (Sunday, 1:00 pm - ABC)

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Quantify rooftop solar's benefits before setting fee

South Jordan City bans councilman from Mulligans discussion

Utahns show support for children crossing border

Senate approves Utah land exchange

Record sales point to Salt Lake City's rebounding downtown

Utahns have a love-hate relationship with daylight saving

Deseret News

West Jordan City Council passes on ordering study to look at school district split

BLM announces appointments to council

Daylight saving time: Should it stay or should it go?

2007 study could be used in decision to split Jordan School District

Utahns' satisfaction with downtown Salt Lake City is on the rise


How will F-35 grounding impact Hill AFB? (Standard-Examiner)

Vote-by-mail boosts Weber's sad primary participation (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

IRS staffer suspended for Obama cheerleading (The Hill)

EPA chief McCarthy mocks The New York Times in staff memo (The Hill)

John Boehner: I'm not giving Obama a 'blank check' for border crisis (CBS News)

Judge demands IRS explain lost emails (The Hill)

Plan to keep highway aid flowing advances in House (CBS News)

In Austin speech, Obama tries to shift focus from immigration to economy (Dallas Morning News)

Union severs ties with United Negro College Fund over Koch donation (USA Today)

Justice sees no crimes in Senate-CIA spat over torture report (McClatchy)

5 reasons Ray Nagin got 10 years instead of 20 (Times-Picayune)

Colorado Is Consuming Way More Pot Than Anyone Ever Believed (TIME)

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