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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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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

Shurtleff, Swallow Charged with Multiple Felonies
Former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow have been arrested on multiple felony charges according to media reports....

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....

Shurtleff Professes Innocence, Slams Gill in Fiery News Conference
Mark Shurtleff's Booking PhotoA defiant Mark Shurtleff threw down the gauntlet against prosecutors, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill in particular, saying the 10 felony charges filed against him on Tuesday morning are false....

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

Wonnacott Struggling to Mount Campaign Against Chaffetz
Democrat Brian WonnacottDemocratic 3rd District Congressional Candidate Brian Wonnacott says he's not going to do much fundraising in his race against Republican incumbent Jason Chaffetz....

Conservative Ideology May be Hard Wired by Biology
A new scientific papersuggestsour partisan divide may come from biology and genetics....

35% of Americans Favor Impeachment for Obama
More thana third of Americans think President Obama should be impeached by Congress....

Featured Items

Local Headlines

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

Deseret News

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)

National Headlines

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)

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