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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 22, 2014

A judge sets a date to hear arguments in the lawsuit challenging the new operating agreement between the Tribune and Deseret News. Luke Garrott makes a move to run for Salt Lake City Mayor in 2015. Utah's child well-being ranking rises.


  • 105 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 188 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 469 days until the 2015 elections
  • 545 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 840 days until the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday's top news stories:

  • A judge sets a September date to hear arguments on whether a group suing to stop a change in the operating agreement between the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News has standing to bring a suit [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch wants President Obama to include a religious exemption in his executive order preventing federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott is inching toward a run for Mayor next year [Tribune].
  • A new reportsays Utah ranks 11th for child well-being, which is up from 14th last year [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Imprisoned FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs sends a lot of mail to Utah lawmakers [Tribune].
  • 21 protesters have been arrested for blocking access to a tar sands company facility in eastern Utah [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County announces a new solar power installation at the Utah Olympic Oval [Deseret News].
  • A new study finds the 13 national parks in Utah brought in nearly $600 million in economic activity and are responsible for 9,000 jobs [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1796 - The city of Cleveland was founded by Gen. Moses Cleavland.
  • 1933 - Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world.
  • 1934 - Bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside a movie theater in Chicago.
  • 1937 - The Senate rejected President Franklin D. Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.
  • 1975 - Congress restored Confederate general Robert. E. Lee's U.S. citizenship.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: New airport launches a major boost for region's economy

Rolly: Herbert wants to appease the right on Common Core

Obama's order protects gay workers; Hatch wants religious exemption

Analysis: Salt Lake airport rebuild will help Utah's economy soar

South Jordan mayor opposes school district split

Polygamist prophet Jeffs writes to Utah lawmakers - a lot

Poll: Obama scores best with Muslims, worst with Mormons

Two-term councilman may take on Becker, if he runs again

Utah moves up to 11th in child well-being ranks

Uintah deputies arrest anti-tar sands activists

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: Shurtleff and Swallow are 'innocent until proven guilty' in the A.G. scandal

Chris Herrod: Amnesty is not compassionate and will not solve problems

Editorial: U.S. Supreme Court delivers its second message, for Utah, on issue of same-sex marriage requirement

Farmers in 5 Utah counties qualify for drought assistance

Utah kids have lower death rate, but more poverty, single-parent families


Local national parks boost Utah economy (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Congress ignores immigration (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Kerry caught on open mic (Politico)

IRS official: Lois Lerner email trail may not be cold (Politico)

Obama on crash: 'What exactly are they trying to hide?' (Politico)

Obama: 'Burden is now on Russia' (The Hill)

White House says number of children crossing the border is dropping (The Hill)

Perry orders troops to border (The Hill)

Perry raises stakes in border showdown (FOX News)

This Is the Toll Chicago's Gun Violence Has Taken on the City's Kids (ABC News)

Hillary Clinton earned $12 million in 16 months since leaving State Department: report (New York Daily News)

Obama touts expansion of program for minority boys (Associated Press)

Republicans Release Report Assessing Dodd-Frank (DSNews)

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