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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 23, 2014

Herbert chides Obama over border crisis. Robles hopes vote-by-mail will help her win a Congressional seat. Utah looks into online voting.


  • 104 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 187 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 468 days until the 2015 elections
  • 544 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 839 days until the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday's top news stories:

  • Gov. Gary Herbert joins five otherRepublican governors in asking President Obama to address the growing humanitarian crisis on the nation's southern border [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Democrat Luz Robles says she hopes to encourage more voting by mail in her bid to unseat Rep. Chris Stewart [Tribune].
  • A pair of conflicting court rulings over Obamacare could affect healthcare consumers in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Utah forms a committee to study the feasibility of voting via the internet [Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • A Democratic legislative candidate in American Fork is facing charges of kidnapping, assault and selling pain medication [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Last year's federal government shutdown had a big impact on visitation to the national parks in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A coalition of healthcare professionals ask President Obama to create a new national monument by setting aside an area of land around Canyonlands National Park [Tribune].
  • Inflation is on the rise in Utah [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1885 - Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died at the age of 63.
  • 1914 - Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand; the dispute led to World War I.
  • 1967 - Rioting that claimed 43 lives erupted in Detroit.
  • 1984 - Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title, because of nude photographs of her published in Penthouse magazine.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah's child-poverty trend is cause for alarm

Federal shutdown hurt national park visitation

Herbert, GOP governors scold Obama over border crisis

Free on bail, 'land defenders' face numerous charges in Utah

Health professionals urge Obama to create Greater Canyonlands monument

Jordan District to buy out adminstrator's contract amid split talk

Park School - Will historic piece of Draper's past have a future?

Robles' strategy for defeating Stewart: more voting by mail

Legislative candidate faces kidnapping, assault charges

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Airport expansion won't make flying any more fun

Editorial: Federal Reserve shouldn't be chained with a congressional formula for interest rates

Lawmakers schooled on classroom technology

Utah legislative candidate accused of kidnapping, selling pain medication

Protesters from across U.S. arrested at Utah tar sands mine

Parks visitors spent $596M in Utah last year

Conflicting court rulings may slow Medicaid expansion decision in Utah

Herbert among 6 governors raising concerns over Obama's handling of 'border crisis'


Federal funds drying up in Davis budget (Standard-Examiner)

Charter vs public schools' efficiencies debated (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Valley air quality not as bad as it looks (Daily Herald)

Committee to investigate electronic voting options in Utah (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Dems still haven't learned Obamacare lesson (Politico)

9/11 panel: 'History may be repeating itself' (The Hill)

U.S. Airlines Cancel All Flights to Israel for 24 Hours (Bloomberg)

Split Obamacare Court Rulings Revive Health Care Debate (Bloomberg)

Ex-P&G Chief Says He'll Use Business Skills to Revamp VA (Bloomberg)

US officials: Intel suggests Malaysia plane shot down by separatists, no link to Russia found (Associated Press)

Political shakeup looms in California (Politico)

Rob Astorino to Chris Christie: 'Consider stepping down' from RGA (Politico)

Market 'Black Swan' Fear at Record High (Fiscal Times)

U.S.: Fewer children crossing border; adult deportations speed up (Washington Post)

Mass. children No. 1, but compared to whom? (Boston Globe)

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