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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 30, 2014

Swallow and Shurtleff to appear in court. Val Hale named the new head of GOED. Utah consumer confidence is on the rise.


  • 97 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 180 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 461 days until the 2015 elections
  • 537 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 832 days until the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday's top news stories:

  • The legal case against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff kicks off today as the two men will make their first appearance in court [Deseret News].
  • The U.S. Senate passes a bill to temporarily fund highway projects, but the measure is likely DOA in the House [Roll Call].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert taps former BYU athletic director Val Hale as the new head of GOED [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Liquor sales in Utah grew by $20 million last year, another record high [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Critics get their chance to speak out about Rocky Mountain Power's proposal to impose a fee on customers who have solar panels on their homes [Tribune].
  • Utah consumer confidence is on the rise again [Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake City Council decides to close the Rose Park golf course to help bridge a budget gap [Tribune].
  • Privacy advocates give a plan to reform the NSA a cautious thumbs-up [Time].

On this day in history:

  • 1619 - The first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, Virginia.
  • 1956 - The phrase "In God We Trust" was adopted as the U.S. national motto.
  • 1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law.
  • 1975 - Former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in Detroit. His remains have never been found.
  • 2002 - Former Rep. James Trafficant, Jr. was sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption after being expelled from Congress a week earlier.

Today At Utah Policy

Race Rating Change: Utah Senate 2
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2014 Election Race Ratings: Utah Senate (Updated 7/29/2014)
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Hale Named New Director of GOED
A man familiar to BYU sports fans will head Gov. Gary Herbert's economic development office....

GOP Wave in November? Not So Fast...
There's really no hard evidence yet of a GOP wave election coming in November....

Three Utah Cities Ranked as 'Best Places for Business and Careers'
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Politics and the Future of the Utah State Fairpark
An interesting political dynamic will be played out over the next several years, and could bring together some unlikely bedfellows....

Featured Items

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Commission hears debate over solar power fee

Ex-BYU A.D. to steer Utah economic development

Mayor says Salt Lake City could fill golf hole by buying land

Deseret News

Editorial: The next major challenge to the Affordable Care Act shows that it needs a bipartisan overhaul

Consumer index climbs to record level in Utah

Val Hale picked as new Governor's Office of Economic Development director

Single-event permits still an issue for liquor commission

Critics decry solar fee as 'sun' tax


Herbert names Val Hale new director of economic development (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Stay out of UTOPIA, Congress (Standard-Examiner)

Herbert names new economic development director (Standard-Examiner)

Property tax value increases stun Davis owners (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama: New sanctions against Russia will 'have an even bigger bite' (The Hill)

Reid: GOP border bill could be vehicle for immigration reform (The Hill)

Federal court says no to shutting down Mississippi's lone abortion clinic (CNN)

Majority of Americans say children who have crossed the border should be treated as refugees (Christian Science Monitor)

Leahy Introduces Senate Bill to Rein In U.S. Surveillance (Wall Street Journal)

Senators from Colorado, Washington want federal pot laws applied fairly (Reuters)

Lawmakers race to vote on VA reform bill amid conservative concerns over cost (FOX News)

Chris Christie pushing for bail reform in New Jersey (Trentonian)

Wall Street to read economic tea leaves from Fed, GDP (CNBC)

Denver protests over proposed EPA power-plant rules stoked by politics (Denver Post)

More Than 35% of Americans Are Facing Debt Collections, Study Finds (Latin Post)

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Unquestionable Progress
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Lighter Side

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