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Thursday, July 17, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 17, 2014

Utah asks for an emergency stay from the Supreme Court in a case over whether the state should recognize same-sex marriages. Is the case against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff solid? Lawmakers may ditch some federal education requirements.


  • 110 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 193 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 474 days until the 2015 elections
  • 550 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 845 days until the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's top news stories:

  • Utah asks the Supreme Court for an emergency stay in a lower court ruling requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Just how solid is the case against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff? [Tribune, Deseret News]
  • Democrat Doug Owens is way behind Republican Mia Love in the fundraising race [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Utah lawmakers considering a plan to ditch a No Child Left Behind waiver from the feds and Common Core at the same time [Utah Policy].
  • Lawmakers get a stern warning about traveling on the taxpayer dime [Utah Policy].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart introduces legislation to allow states like Utah to take a more active role in the management of wild horses [Tribune].
  • Rep. Becky Edwards is bringing back a bill which would allow the state to adopt more stringent air quality rules than what is required by the federal government [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • No one has taken advantage of a Utah law allowing the transfer of liquor licenses [Deseret News].
  • State parks officials say they're happy lawmakers have slashed their budget by $10 million over the past five years [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1821 - Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
  • 1936 - The Spanish Civil War began.
  • 1945 - President Harry Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister began meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II.
  • 1955 - Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California.

Today At Utah Policy

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Looks Like We Made It!
We made it! We finally made it!Salt Lake City has joined the pantheon of great American cities....

Utah Lawmakers May Ditch No Child Left Behind Waiver and Common Core at the Same Time
The nationwide Common Core educational standard sticks in the political craw of a number of Utah Republican legislators....

News and Notes from July Interim Day
A few interesting internal notes out of theWednesdaylegislative interim meetings:...

Democrat Doug Owens Far Behind in 4th District Cash Race
Doug OwensDoug Owens has some serious ground to make up if he's going to compete with Mia Love's campaign cash come November....

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....

Featured Items

Terry Buckner Named Chair of Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors
Terry BucknerThe Salt Lake Chamber has named Terry Buckner, president and CEO of The Buckner Company, as the 106th person to serve as chair of the Board of Governors. Starting July 1, 2014, Buckner will serve a one-year term as chair....

Weekly Survey: Are the Charges Against Mark Shurtleff Politically Motivated?
Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says the 10 felony charges filed against him are politically motivated. What do you think? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Utah Named #1 for Business Again
For the third consecutive year, Utah has been recognized as the top pro-business state by Pollina Corporate based on 32 factors controlled by state government. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: It's called a crisis because no one was ready for it

Feds take a beating for backing off Swallow probe

Mia Love a fundraising Goliath, Owens tries to catch up

Bill: Allow Utah, states to more aggressively manage wild horses

Carbon County sheriff no longer lives there, may be fired

Utah asks U.S. Supreme Court for urgent intervention to halt same-sex-marriage recognition

BYU math prof accuses Utah education officials of bias, conflicts

Edwards pushed option of tougher state air quality rules

Is the case against Swallow and Shurtleff solid?

Deseret News

Op-ed: Marriage and social justice go hand-in-hand when in comes to raising children

Dan Liljenquist: There is a silver lining to Shurtleff and Swallow arrests

Jay Evensen: Be careful when changing Utah's attorney general system

Editorial: Children immigrants entering U.S. may end up as refugees - and Utah should be ready to help

Gov. Herbert names Laura Nelson new state energy director

Manufacturers to lawmakers: 'This is not your grandfather's industry'

Ready for a rainy day: Utah lauded for approach to managing volatility

Cordova still sheriff in Carbon County; 2 investigations underway

State parks looking up despite $10M budget cut

No one seeking to transfer liquor licenses yet

Utah asks U.S. Supreme Court for stay in gay marriage recognition case

Bill reintroduced to give Utah Division of Air Quality more 'flexibility'

Utah lawmakers urged to get ahead of proliferation of outlaw motorcycle gangs

Crimes or politics? The legal battles begin for Swallow, Shurtleff


Mobile food businesses under microscope in Provo (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Onus on ex-AGs' prosecutors (Standard-Examiner)

Group: Ban non-Kaysville residents from tax hearing (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Lawyers: GOP deserves day in court (The Hill)

The Search for a Progressive Reagan (Politico)

Sen. Leahy cites the Holocaust in opposing changes to border law (The Hill)

Dems raise big to save the Senate (The Hill)

Senate Bill to Nullify Hobby Lobby Decision Fails (Wall Street Journal)

Issa subpoena storm intensifies (The Hill)

White House Leak Hits Democratic Governor After Immigration Comments (TIME)

Poll: U.S. public has warmest feelings about Jewish people (UPI)

Obama's Weak Poll Ratings Worry Democrats (Voice of America)

Crossing illegally: Inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station (Baltimore Sun)

Immigration biggest concern among U.S. citizens at 17%: Gallup poll (New York Daily News)

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