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Thursday, July 31, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 31, 2014
Swallow and Shurtleff make their first court appearance on criminal charges. Utah Republicans join the effort by Congress to sue President Obama. Some U.S. Senators want President Obama to create a new national monument in Utah.
- 96 days until the 2014 midterm elections
- 179 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
- 460 days until the 2015 elections
- 536 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 831 days until the 2016 presidential election
Thursday's top news stories:
- John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff make their first appearance in court as criminal defendants [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Will the Swallow and Shurtleff scandal have an effect on voter turnout in November? [Deseret News]
- Utah Republican members of the House join the effort to sue President Obama [Tribune].
- The U.S. economy posts a robust growth rate of 4-percent in the last quarter [Washington Post].
- 14 U.S. Senators send a letter to President Obama urging him to create a new national monument in Utah [Tribune].
- The South Jordan City Council approves a deal to prevent the city from splitting from the Jordan School District [Tribune, Deseret News].
- A study says Utah women are twice as likely as men to work at low-wage jobs [Tribune].
- Rural Utahns favor changes to the Endangered Species Act pushed by Rep. Rob Bishop [Deseret News].
- A lawsuit alleges the state of Utah is illegally putting a claim on disputed rural roads in Tooele County [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1498 - Columbus arrived at the island of Trinidad.
- 1875 - Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, died in Tennessee at the age of 66.
- 1972 - Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the ticket with George McGovern following disclosures that Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment.
- 1991 - President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.
- 2011 - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders announced an agreement on emergency legislation to avert the nation's first-ever financial default.
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ICE agent indicted for Constitutional rights violation appears in Utah court
Witnesses: Cameras were monitoring Oklahoma City federal building
South Jordan OKs deal with school district, cools to the idea of a split
14 senators want Obama to create national monument in Utah
Utah women twice as likely as men to get low wages
Swallow, Shurtleff appear in court, vow to beat charges
Editorial: Federal contracting executive order needs provisions protecting religious freedom
Dan Liljenquist: The economic impact of high-ethanol blend fuels
Republican, Democratic political insiders say Utah should keep Common Core
Lawsuit accuses state of illegally pursuing road claims in Tooele County
Rural Utah lauds proposed reforms to Endangered Species Act
Swallow, Shurtleff make first court appearance as criminal defendants
Swallow, Shurtleff case may spark - or squelch - election interest
Cartel presence in Utah 'exploding' with violence likely to increase, police warn
67 unaccompanied children who crossed U.S.-Mexico border placed with sponsors in Utah
BYU top school for Utah lawmakers; USU also a draw (Logan Herald Journal)
Karl Rove: Impeachment talk 'shame' (Politico)
Lerner: Talk radio listeners are 'ass-----' (The Hill)
Vulnerable Dems balk at Obama executive actions on immigration (The Hill)
Russia scoffs at latest sanctions from US, EU (The Hill)
Whip Hoyer predicts few Dems will back GOP $659M border bill (The Hill)
GOP Sets House Vote on Obama `High Crimes' Lawsuit (Bloomberg)
At-risk Democrats stress over Obama and immigration (Politico)
Ernst campaign says she doesn't support nullification (USA Today)
Paper: NSA surveillance harming Internet, undermining cybersecurity, hurting US businesses (Fierce GovernmentIT)
A Chris Christie comeback? (MSNBC)
Appeals court overturns law that would close Mississippi abortion clinic (Jurist)
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