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Thursday, July 3, 2014
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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 3, 2014
Paltry primary turnout in Salt Lake County. Fewer Utahns living in nursing homes.


  • 124 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 207 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 488 days until the 2015 elections
  • 564 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 859 days until the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's top news stories:

  • Primary turnout in Salt Lake County was less than 10% [Tribune].
  • Census numbers say the number of Utahns living in nursing homes unexpectedly dropped by a third between 2000 and 2010 [Tribune].
  • Immigration officials are holding off on deporting a Utah mother and four of her seven children indefinitely [Tribune].
  • Bob Bernick wonders why it has taken so long for the owners of the Tribune and Deseret News to defend a change in the Joint Operating Agreement between the two papers [Utah Policy].
  • Utah wildlife officials say a wolverine may have been spotted in the state for the first time in 35 years [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The University of Utah announces changes to their fight song [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 - Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army.
  • 1863 - The battle of Gettysburg ended after three days.
  • 1890 - Idaho became the 43rd state.
  • 1985 - The time-travel comedy "Back to the Future" was released in movie theaters.
  • 2009 - Sarah Palin announced she would resign as Alaska governor with 16 months left in her term.

World Cup quarterfinals schedule:

  • Friday, July 4
    • France vs. Germany (10:00 am, ESPN2)
    • Brazil vs. Colombia (2:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Saturday, July 5
    • Argentina vs. Belgium (10:00 am, ABC)
    • Netherlands vs. Costa Rica (2:00 pm, ESPN)

Today At Utah Policy

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Prediction Update
Being a member of the political media is a high-wire act that often leads to some pretty spectacular falls. Sometimes you're right, but most other times you're wrong - especially when trying to figure out what comes next in the often unpredictable world of politics....

Bob Bernick's Notbook: Why Did the Trib Owners Wait So Long to Defend Themselves?
Finally, in response to a lawsuit filed by former employees and owners of The Salt Lake Tribune, we get a response to specific allegations of market-fixing/Tribune-killing by a Deseret News boss and a current Tribune owner....

Featured Items

Salt Lake Chamber Public Policy Update for July
As the "Voice of Business" and Utah's statewide Chamber, the Salt Lake Chamber leads out on critical issues that impact Utah businesses and our community....

Mike Lee and the 'Reformicons'
The New York Timestakes an in-depth look attheefforts ofa new, younger generation of conservative intellectuals and lawmakers, including Sen. Mike Lee,who want to transform the GOP into the championof middle-class and low-income voters....

Weekly Survey: Should Obama Act Alone on Immigration Reform?
President Barack Obama says he will go around Congress to make changes to immigration policy on his own. Would you support that move? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Northeast Utah Dominates 'Cities on the Rise'
NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to find the fastest-growing cities in Utah....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #194
A big development in the 2016 GOP gubernatorial race, plus Utah lawmakers push for a Constitutional Convention for a balanced budget.Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the latest stories in Utah politics....

Math Core Standards are Good for Utah Students (Part 2)
In my last post, I pointed out a number of quotations in which educators and parents expressed their strong support for the Utah math core....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah counties want Congress to let states manage wild horses

54 new Utah laws in effect, like free gun locks, tighter police raids

ICE won't send Utah mom away - for now

Salt Lake County primary turnout below 10 percent

Deseret News

Op-ed: Coal plays important role in powering Utah

Dan Liljenquist: President Obama has become a constitutional squatter

Editorial: Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn is an important victory for freedom of association

Report: June weather leaves Utah's Dixie region dry as dust

Green River oil spill visually clean, but monitoring continues

Obama taps U. alumnus for VA post

Rural Utah will take wild horse fight to New Orleans, Washington


Editorial: More lively primaries (Standard-Examiner)

Tax revenue growth doubles in Davis County (Standard-Examiner)

More than 40 new Utah laws in effect this week (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Poll: Obama worst president since WWII (Politico)

SCOTUS's shellacking of Obama (The Hill)

WH: No change in immigrant surge strategy (The Hill)

India seeks assurances from U.S. over spying reports (Reuters)

Obama mocks Congress on highway spending (Politico)

Ruling impact on birth-control coverage mixed (Associated Press)

Thad Cochran press call crashed by taunter (Politico)

U.S. Army: Bergdahl Venturing Out in Public (NBC News)

Obama Seeks Advice From Wide Variety of Economists (Associated Press)

GM CEO Mary Barra to Testify Before Senate Committee on July 17 (Wall Street Journal)

Yellen drives wedge between monetary policy, financial bubbles (Reuters)

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Wise Words

Reputation and Honor

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Lighter Side

Building Character
"President Obama said he wants his daughters to work minimum wage jobs because it builds character. The president then announced he will be raising the minimum wage to $50 an hour." Conan O'Brien Political Humor