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Friday, July 18, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 18, 2014

Herbert says the state will recognize same-sex marriages if the Supreme Court doesn't intervene. Swallow and Shurtleff get their first court dates. Bishop takes a fundraising lead over McAleer.


  • 109 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 192 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 473 days until the 2015 elections
  • 549 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 844 days until the 2016 presidential election

Friday's top news stories:

  • Gov. Gary Herbert says Utahwill recognize same-sex marriages performed in the state if the Supreme Court fails to grant a stay [Deseret News].
  • The first court dates for John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are set [Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert wants the state to settle the issues surrounding Common Core once and for all [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop takes the fundraising lead over Democrat Donna McAleer [Utah Policy].
  • The Utah state school board postpones a decision on whether the state should renew it's No Child Left Behind waiver [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A new study says the number of Utahns who fall into the Medicaid coverage gap is greater than previously estimated [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduces legislation to speed up the deportation process to deal with the crisis on the southern border [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Workis set to begin work on a $1.8 billion improvement to Salt Lake City International Airport [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 64 - A great fire began that ultimately destroyed most of Rome.
  • 1936 - The Democratic National Convention in Chicago nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt for a third term in office.
  • 1969 - A car driven by Sen. Ted Kennedy plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. His passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, died.
  • 1976 - Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci earned the first perfect score at the Olympics and went on to win three gold medals.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: A condor is born, and Utah is a little better place

Cost of health insurance expansion will rise for Utah as more people found without coverage

Has the Carbon County sheriff moved already?

State ponders, Should it go back to No Child Left Behind?

Utah's Chaffetz: Fight border surge with faster deportations

Utah guv wants academic standards re-examined

Deseret News

Greg Bell: Defenders of religious freedom need to walk the walk

Timothy R. Clark: The Internet is the great equalizer, tranquilizer

Medicaid coverage gap 'significantly larger'

State School Board postpones decision on NCLB waiver

Herbert on Common Core: 'We are going to settle this question once and for all'

First court dates set for ex-Attorneys General John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff

$1.8B project to take Salt Lake City International Airport to new heights

Gov. says Utah will comply with law if Sotomayor doesn't grant stay


Editorial: HAFB proves its worth again (Standard-Examiner)

Layton mayor proposes opt-out option for UTOPIA (Standard-Examiner)

S. Weber councilman pleads not guilty to felonies (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

GOP skeptical of Justice IRS probe (Politico)

Jet was 'blown out of the sky' (The Hill)

Senators alarmed fact pattern of Malaysia Airlines crash points to Russia (The Hill)

McCain: 'Hell to pay' if Russian separatists shot down Malaysian plane (The Hill)

White House Gets All Clear After Short-Lived Lockdown (Boston Globe)

Top Christie Aide Testifies She Deleted Bridge-Related Texts (Wall Street Journal)

Boehner uncertain Congress can act on border crisis this month (Reuters)

No special prosecutor needed for U.S. tax agency probe -Justice Dept (Reuters)

NYC mayor's plan for possible rail strike? He's outta here (Associated Press)

Poll: Hillary crushes Democratic rivals. Republicans, not so much. (Christian Science Monitor)

Report: Labor Force Drop Had Pre-Recession Roots (Associated Press)

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