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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 16, 2014
John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff charged with multiple felonies. Shurtleff says the investigation is a "political witch hunt." Lockhart rolling in campaign cash.
- 111 days until the 2014 midterm elections
- 194 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
- 475 days until the 2015 elections
- 551 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 846 days until the 2016 presidential election
Wednesday's top news stories:
- Former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are arrested and charged with multiple felonies [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Shurtleff holds a news conference accusing Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill of conducting a political witch hunt [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Here's video of Shurtleff's arrest [KUTV].
- Utah political leaders react to the arrests [Tribune, Daily Herald].
- There may be more arrests tied to the Swallow/Shurtleff scandal [Tribune].
- The Department of Justice is getting a black eye for ending their probe into Swallow and Shurtleff [Tribune].
- Where does the Swallow/Shurtleff scandal rank among Utah's history of political wrongdoing? [Tribune]
- Democratic Congressional candidate Brian Wonnacott is struggling to raise money for his challenge to Rep. Jason Chaffetz [Utah Policy].
- House Speaker Becky Lockhart has the most campaign cash among Utah's legislators [Utah Policy].
- An audit says Salt Lake County's new system to provide mental health treatment is working fairly well [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Salt Lake City may raise green fees in order to reduce an operating deficit at city owned golf courses [Tribune].
Today in history:
- 1790 - The District of Columbia was established as the seat of the U.S. government.
- 1951 - J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye" was published.
- 1945 - The United States exploded its first experimental bomb in the desert near Alamogordo, N.M.
- 1969 - Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the moon.
- 1980 - Ronald Reagan won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Detroit.
Today At Utah Policy
|Lockhart Tops in Campaign Cash Among Utah Lawmakers|
While state Sen. John Valentine is the Senate king of campaign cash, it is House Speaker Becky Lockhart who has the most money of any of the 104 Utah lawmakers, UtahPolicy found in a review of June financial reports filed by lawmakers....
Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: Shurtleff's Bank of America deal deserves more scrutiny
Editorial: Shurtleff and Swallow will have their day in court
Shurtleff accuses Gill of a political witch hunt
As Utah political scandals go, Shurtleff/Swallow saga tops the chart
Charges tie Shurtleff job interview to Bank of America deal
The charges against Swallow, Shurtleff
Rolly: As ex-AG is booked, his Dem foe rises to Mormon temple leader
Salt Lake City Council moves to update parking laws
West Valley City pulls plug on civil service commission
Who might be next? Swallow-Shurtleff saga may be far from over
Swallow, Shurtleff arrested, face 23 counts, up to 30 years prison
Utah leaders react: From 'sad day' to step to restoring trust
Editorial: With arrest of Shurtleff and Swallow, it's time to consider an appointed attorney general for Utah
Mark Shurtleff vehemently denies allegations, has strong words for district attorney
What do the charges and arrests say about Utah?
Allegations of corruption land on Shurtleff, Swallow
Editorial: Let law, not politics, decide fate of Swallow, Shurtleff (Daily Herald)
Utah politicians: Shurtleff and Swallow arrests a black eye for Utah (Daily Herald)
Swallow, Shurtleff arrested on bribery charges (Daily Herald)
Op-ed: Coal and nuclear power belong in Utah's energy policy portfolio (Standard-Examiner)
Utah GOP wants investigation of Davis robocalls (Standard-Examiner)
Davis commission posts 'In God We Trust' (Standard-Examiner)
Utah pols ponder effects of AG arrests (Standard-Examiner)
Rawlings is the quiet one in Utah AG investigation (Standard-Examiner)
Hill delivers F-16s to Indonesian government (Standard-Examiner)
Hill losing 27 jobs, could have been worse (Standard-Examiner)
In North Carolina, an Obamacare disconnect (Politico)
House Republicans take aim at EPA climate rules (The Hill)
Reid: Southern border is secure (The Hill)
China tells U.S. to stay out of South China Seas dispute (Reuters)
Billionaire's breakup plan would chop California into six states (Reuters)
Ready for Warren? Backers launch site (Politico)
House Backs $11 Billion Plan for Highway Construction (Bloomberg)
Activist detained in Texas, bringing new light to immigration issues (Los Angeles Times)
Darrell Issa won't withdraw White House subpoena (Politico)
Grimes, McConnell break state fundraising records (Associated Press)
Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin to appeal bribery conviction (Reuters)
"Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then--we elected them."
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