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Monday, July 21, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 21, 2014

Supreme Court issues a stay so Utah will not yet have to recognize same-sex marriages. A soccer stadium may revitalize the State Fairpark. Utah's unemployment rate continues to fall.


  • 106 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 189 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 470 days until the 2015 elections
  • 546 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 841 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday's top news stories:

  • The Supreme Court issues an emergency stay which will prevent the state from recognizing same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are set to make their first appearance in court on the same day [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Real Salt Lake proposes to build a minor-league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark [Tribune].
  • Utah's unemployment rate is the second-lowest in the country [Utah Policy,Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Democrat Doug Owens shakes up his campaign by hiring a new campaign manager [Deseret News].
  • Republican Chris Stewart has 10x more money than Democrat Luz Robles in Utah's 2nd Congressional District race [Utah Policy].
  • Reconstruction at Salt Lake International Airport will pump billions of dollars into Utah's economy [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1899 - Author Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Ill.
  • 1925 - The Scopes "monkey trial" ended with John Scopes convicted of violating state law for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. The conviction was later overturned.
  • 1954 - France surrendered North Vietnam to the Communists.
  • 1988 - Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Atlanta.
  • 2007 - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in the series by J.K. Rowling, went on sale.

Today At Utah Policy

Stewart Routing Robles in Fundraising
Rep. Chris Stewart iscrushing his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Luz Robles, in the money race ahead of November....

Why Disappearing Honeybees Matter
Honeybee populations are declining around the globe. Here's why you should be very alarmed by that fact....

A Record Number of Births in 2014
The United Nations thinks this year we will see a record number of births across the globe, then that number will begin to fall....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Public Education and Black Helicopters
No doubt seeing political trouble ahead, GOP Gov. Gary Herbert announced Thursday morning a new special commission to look into Utah public education standards, and requested an attorney general opinion to "make sure" that Utahns are in fact in control of education standards...

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Are the Charges Against Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow Politically Motivated?
Last week former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff accused prosecutors, particularly Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, of having a political agenda in bringing felony charges against the two men....

Fanny Pack Mixup Unravels Massive Medicare Fraud Scheme
The fraud scheme began to unravel last fall, with the discovery of a misdirected stack of bogus prescriptions - and a suspicious spike in Medicare drug spending tied to a doctor in Key Biscayne, Fla....

Utah Posts Another Strong Jobs Report
Utah is tied for the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation, as the state's unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent posting strong job growth numbers, according to figures released by the Department of Workforce Services today. ...

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #196
John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are hauled off to the hoosegow! Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week in Utah politics....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: My experience shows we need better pain care

Op-ed: Hobby Lobby decision deals a blow to religious liberty

Op-ed: Blame leadership, not demographics, for Utah's poor school funding

Editorial: Uninsured list grows as Utah dithers

Editorial: Give Common Core an honest review

How bad are Utah drivers? About one in five ticketed yearly

Swallow-Shurtleff charges: a black eye and a silver lining

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Do arrests of Swallow, Shurtleff reflect a deeper ethical decay?

Op-ed: Faith, family and freedom join to explain Utah exceptionalism

Editorial: It's time to scrutinize Common Core standards through rigorous review process

Editorial: Religious freedom requires each of us to accord equal dignity for all

Owens has new campaign manager, Love raising more money in 4th District race

Luz Robles rallies volunteers in 2nd District congressional race

Unaccompanied children from Central America head 'north' as a matter of survival, local advocates say

Utah unemployment rate second lowest in U.S., report says

Health centers, clinics in Utah contribute more than healthy communities

South Jordan councilman wants school district split on ballot, no matter what mayors say


Mike Lee: Protected free speech under attack (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Put limits on campaign cash (Standard-Examiner)

Congress barges into municipal broadband territory (Standard-Examiner)

Traffic-light wars in northern Weber County (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama's foes on border crisis: Democrats (Politico)

The Plane That Radicalized Ukraine (Politico)

What we learned from liberals at Netroots Nation (Politico)

Graham: Kerry's views are 'delusional' (The Hill)

Kerry to Hamas: 'Step up and show a level of reasonableness' in talks (The Hill)

'Moment of truth for Mr. Putin' (The Hill)

In violent weekend, at least 40 people shot in Chicago (Reuters)

Opponents Say 'Six Californias' Committed Voter Fraud When Collecting Signatures (Business Insider)

Perry in Iowa, feeling out second presidential run in 2016 (Christian Science Monitor)

DNC raises almost $9M in June, cuts debt to $3M (Associated Press)

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