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Monday, July 28, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 28, 2014

Will Shurtleff and Swallow be tried together? Utah seizes drivers licenses held by illegal immigrants. Local governments are hiking property taxes this year.


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  • 182 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 463 days until the 2015 elections
  • 539 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 834 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday's top news stories:

  • It's likelyformer Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleffwill try to avoid being tried together on the multiple felony charges brought against them [Tribune].
  • A judge rules Shurtleff Swallow won't have to testify in the trial of Mark Sessions Jenson [Tribune].
  • A change in requirements to obtain a Utah drivers license helps the state invalidate licenses held by illegal immigrants [Tribune].
  • A proposed surcharge by Rocky Mountain Power for customers who have solar panels draws opposition [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • President Obama signs into law a Utah land-swap bill [Tribune].
  • 40 local governments are hiking property taxes this year [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Sen. Steve Urquhart proposes selling cannabis oil at state liquor stores [Tribune].
  • Burt's Tiki Lounge could be the first establishment in Utah to take advantage of a change in Utah law allowing the sale of its state liquor license for a profit [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1794 - Maximillien Robespierre, a leading figure in the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine.
  • 1868- The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing due process and the equal protection of the laws to former slaves, was declared in effect.
  • 1914 - World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
  • 1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in south Vietnam.
  • 2009 - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: What's in a cartoon? Tribune should know better

Rolly: Common Core fears fed by national conspiracy

Editorial: Comparing the feds to the Nazis doesn't solve anything

Is your city, county raising property taxes? 40 are

'Gestapo' BLM officers decried in House hearing

Obama signs two Utah-related bills

Oil company sues Utah county over pipeline restrictions

New rules help Utah snag immigrants' illegal driver licenses

Experts doubt Swallow, Shurtleff will be tried together

Utah trial centers on FBI's Oklahoma City bombing records

Utah's Hatch longs for Senate's good ol' days

Deseret News

Stuart Reid: Translations of religious tolerance in society

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Re-enactment of 'This is the place' using modern technology

Drew Clark: Lawrence and Windsor won't trump Utah marriage laws

Dan Liljenquist: Religious liberty and the pioneers - Understanding true worth

John Florez: Utah leaders lack confidence, lose public trust

Editorial: Airport expansion reflects the growing vitality of Utah's national and global links

Conflicting court rulings may slow Medicaid expansion decision in Utah

State committee studying feasibility of extending online voting to more Utahns

Report links smoking bans, cigarettes taxes to lower suicide rates


Lee looking to lower federal gas tax (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Make Sunday FrontRunner happen (Standard-Examiner)

Bishop fires new shot in Eisenhower controversy (Standard-Examiner)

Sudden resignation stirs UTOPIA intrigue in Brigham (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Barack Obama has already checked out of his job (Telegraph)

Graham: U.N. move 'anti-Semitic' (Politico)

Obama's immigration flip flop (Politico)

Scalise: Obama secures fundraisers, not borders (The Hill)

GOP: Obama fundraising off impeachment (The Hill)

A more compassionate GOP? (The Hill)

Washington D.C. handgun ban ruled unconstitutional, again (Christian Science Monitor)

Republicans' Senate Chances Rise Slightly to 60 Percent, Data Show (New York Times)

Cornyn, Cuellar tout border bill amid uncertainty (USA Today)

Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing (Associated Press)

Prominent Republicans Come Out Against Re-Authorizing Export-Import Bank Charter Due to Expire October 1 (NewsLI)

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