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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 15, 2014

Legislative leadership races are starting to heat up. The Supreme Court may wade into Utah's appeal over recognizing same-sex marriages. Local governments undercollected property taxes over the last decade.


  • 112 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 195 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 476 days until the 2015 elections
  • 552 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 847 days until the 2016 presidential election

Today's top news stories:

  • The fight to be the next Speaker of the Utah House could be a brutal contest [Utah Policy].
  • It's not a sure thing that the Supreme Court will issue a stay in Utah's appeal of a decision requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Deseret News].
  • A state audit concludes local governments under-collected property taxes over the last decade to the tune of $100 million [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Mia Love continues her torrid fundraising pace [Utah Policy].
  • The Utah GOP wants the state to investigate the source of robocalls critical of the Davis County GOP chairman [Tribune].
  • The Jordan School District islooking to make changes in order to keep cities from splitting off and forming their own district [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • An Alpine School Board candidate will not seek a recount after losing by five votes last month [Daily Herald].
  • The Pleasant View City Council fires police chief D. Scott Jackson during an emergency meeting over the weekend [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1870 - Georgia became the last of the Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
  • 1971 - President Richard Nixon announced he would visit the People's Republic of China.
  • 1979 - President Jimmy Carder delivered a speech about a "crisis of confidence" in America. Though he didn't use the word, it became known as the "malaise" speech.
  • 2010 - BP stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico after 85 days using a 75-ton cap lowered onto the well earlier in the week.

Today At Utah Policy

Legislative Leadership Battles Could Be Bruising Come November
Get ready for intense battles for House GOP leadership races this coming fall....

Love Posts Eye-Popping Fundraising Totals
Mia LoveThe Mia Love fundraising juggernaut rolls on....

A New Poll Shows Mitt Romney Would Dominate in New Hampshire
Maybe Jason Chaffetz is on to something. A new poll out of New Hampshire shows Mitt Romney is way ahead of the rest of the potential GOP 2016 field....

Republicans Love the Supreme Court Following the Hobby Lobby Ruling
Supreme CourtA new poll shows Americans overall are divided on their approval of the U.S. Supreme Court, but Republicans seem thrilled with the high court after this term....

Check Out This New High-Tech Security System
Photo from Wired.comA new security system used during the just completed World Cup may have cracked the code on how to make checkpoints less of a chore....

Featured Items

Here's One Way to Land on the NSA's Watch List
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Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Will Romney Run Again
Rep. Jason Chaffetz made news last week by saying he thinks Mitt Romney will be the next President of the United States. Our "Political Insiders" and readers don't agree with all....

Meet a USTAR Investigator
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: South Salt Lake must get serious about fire hazard

Paul Rolly: Utah GOP boss seeks A.G. probe of mystery phone calls

Utah's Herbert named vice chair of governors association

Cities, Jordan School District meet to stave off a split

State auditor: Utah property taxes bring in $100 million less than owed

Railroaded? Pleasant View Police Chief Jackson fired

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: A look at the best US presidents of the past

Op-ed: Student-centered education is best chance to rise from bottom of the list in education funding

Editorial: In marriage case, Utah needs SCOTUS to ensure justice and fair play

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

Doug Robinson: Meet Tim Taylor, the man who gets you to and from work every day

Audit: Utahns undertaxed $100M since 2006

Mexican man detained by ICE dies

Jordan School Board, mayors draft agreement to avoid split

Supreme Court stay in Utah marriage recognition case not automatic


Editorial: Yielding on immigration (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama the pariah (The Hill)

Poll: 35 percent say impeachment justified (The Hill)

Tech mogul Sean Parker ramps up GOP giving (Politico)

The Rand Paul pile on (Politico)

Sen. Reid tees up bill to reverse Hobby Lobby (The Hill)

House GOP group to recommend changes to immigration law (The Hill)

Cochran challenger asks court to open poll records (Associated Press)

Highway Fund's Long-Term Fix Remains Miles Away (Wall Street Journal)

Will Jon Stewart get Hillary Rodham Clinton to talk White House run? (Los Angeles Times)

U.S. Veterans agency struggles with claims problems: watchdog (Reuters)

Bergdahl could get $350G tax-free, if cleared by Army (FOX News)

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