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Monday, July 14, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 14, 2014

Experts say it's not certain the Supreme Court will take up Utah's appeal of a ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. Gov. Herbert assumes a leadership role with the National Governors Association. Saving the Utah State Fairpark will cost Utah more than $30 million.


  • 113 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 196 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 477 days until the 2015 elections
  • 553 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 848 days until the 2016 presidential election

Today's top news stories:

  • A federal judge denies a permanent stay in Utah's appeal to keep the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed after Amendment 3 was struck down. The state can still seek a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Experts say it's not a sure thing that the Supreme Court will take up Utah's appeal of a ruling striking down it's ban on same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  • Gov. Herbert assumes a leadership role with the National Governor's Association [Deseret News].
  • Herbert's new chief of staff, Justin Harding, brings a wealth of experience in Washington, D.C. to the job [Deseret News].
  • The sons of Sen. Howard Stephenson are starting an organization based on Utah's dual immersion language program which was shepherded through the Legislature by their father [Tribune].
  • Advocates say educating lawmakers about the benefits of cannabis oil for epilepsy sufferers was the key to legalizing it's useduring the 2014 Legislature [Daily Herald].
  • A study says it will cost Utah more than $30 million to keep the Utah State Fairpark running [Deseret News].
  • West Valley City officials are considering a change in the appeals process for employees and police officers [Tribune].
  • Many Utah superintendents say Common Core will have a positive effect in schools [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - The storming of the Bastille marked the start of the French Revolution.
  • 1798 - Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false or malicious writing about the U.S. government.
  • 1881 - Outlaw "Billy the Kid" was shot and killed in New Mexico.
  • 1933 - All German political parties except the Nazi Party were outlawed.
  • 2004 - The Senate voted against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Council member's banning result of tea party intolerance?

Op-ed: Despite claim, Utah teachers don't get jobs for life

Editorial: LDS commitment to downtown now bearing fruit

State putting money into 'Bigfoot versus Nazis'

West Valley may shake up police, employee appeals

Sons of Utah lawmaker starting group based on father's law

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What Gov. Herbert's 'non-announcement' means for Utah politics

Op-ed: Taxpayers are big winners in TARP

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John Florez: Get legislators out of running schools

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Editorial: Important breakthrough on rapid transit bus route between Davis and Salt Lake counties

Editorial: Pathway to 'Silicon Slopes' leads through relocation of state prison in Draper

Court lifts stay, but gives Utah chance to appeal same-sex marriage recognition

Utah, national school superintendents optimistic about Common Core

Herbert's agenda in new role is to find balance between states, feds

Gov. Herbert's new chief of staff brings D.C. experience but 'no drama'


Education was key to legalizing cannabis oil at state legislature (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Nix panhandling amendments (Standard-Examiner)

10 possible big-money deals for Utah schools (Standard-Examiner)

Benefits of immigration in Summit County (Park Record)

Summit County reps to meet with EPA (Park Record)

National Headlines

Governors to 2016ers: Take our advice (Politico)

Chris Christie: Gay marriage debate not over (Politico)

McCain: Middle East is now 'more dangerous' than ever before (The Hill)

ObamaCare's next court threat (The Hill)

Obama's unpredictability 'stresses' Secret Service (The Hill)

John McCain slams Rand Paul over Iraq crisis: He's part of 'fortress America' (Daily Digest)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie partly blames President Obama for unrest in the Middle East (New York Daily News)

Differences claimed in Oklahoma education lawsuit (Washington Times)

Who's this Martin O'Malley guy? He's the stealth anti-Hillary Clinton candidate (MarketWatch)

See how they run: The 2016 presidential checklist (Associated Press)

California Schools Get Billions To Track, Boost Foster Children's Performance (CBS News)

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