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Monday, July 7, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 7, 2014

The lawyers challenging Utah's ban on same-sex marriage take over fundraising efforts. Hive transit pass sales below expectations. Turmoil inside the Davis County GOP.


  • 120 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 203 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 484 days until the 2015 elections
  • 560 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 855 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday's top news stories:

  • The lawyers for three couples who are challenging Utah's ban on same-sex marriage are joining fundraising efforts to pay for their lawsuit [Tribune].
  • Utah may not be hit as hard as other states if the federal Highway Trust Fund runs out of money [Tribune].
  • The number of Salt Lake City residents who purchased the new Hive transit passes is far below what officials were hoping for [Tribune].
  • Some Davis County Republicans are trying to oust the county party chair [Tribune].
  • LDS Church officials say the number of missionaries will rise a bit more, then drop slightly [Tribune].
  • Low voter turnout is prompting state officials to investigate whether to switch to vote by mail statewide [ABC 4].
  • A new study says light rail lines can significantly reduce traffic growth [Tribune].
  • Utah is last in the country in supporting family caregivers [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1846 - California was annexed to the United States.
  • 1898 - The United States annexed Hawaii.
  • 1930 - Construction began on the Boulder Dam.
  • 1981 - President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1987 - Lt. Col. Oliver North began his public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearings.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Davis GOP can't seem to get on the same page

Op-ed: Taking federal Medicaid money is not 'the Utah way'

Editorial: It's time for Utah voters to just mail it in

Number of Utahns in nursing homes drops

Federal funding fight may not hurt Utah roads initially

Study: Utah is worst at supporting family caregivers

UTA's Hive Pass sales are far below expectations

Paul Rolly: Davis County's GOP boss has to go, insiders say

Phosphate mine could harm Vernal's water source, residents fear

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Exploring ramifications of calling for a constitutional convention

Op-ed: How the rule of law resolves differences among courts on marriage

Robert Bennett: Healthcare decisions should be left up to individuals

Editorial: Time to move forward on tar sands projec

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

GOP presidential contender Rand Paul to join U. eye center medical mission

Report: Too much BLM time threatens billions of dollars in oil, gas revenue

Group protests Hobby Lobby decision on birth control

What's next for immigration reform?


Utah County elected officials: What America means to me (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Dem: Obama 'one step behind' on crisis (The Hill)

Homeland Security, TSA officials ramp up security measures at overseas airports over fears of new bombs (New York Daily News)

What will happen to immigrant kids in border crisis? Obama official evasive. (Christian Science Monitor)

Clinton says she's donated college speaking fees (Associated Press)

Ordinary Americans caught up in NSA data sweep, report claims (CBS News)

Obama Outhouse Parade Float Draws Criticism (ABC News)

Boehner accuses Obama of 'flippant dismissal of Constitution' in written defense of GOP suit (New York Daily News)

Does Hobby Lobby Signal The End Of Employer Sponsored Health Insurance? (Forbes)

Unemployment rate falls to 6.1% (San Francisco Chronicle)

Lagarde: Global economic recovery could be 'less robust than expected' (Telegraph)

US trade deficit drops to $44.4 billion in May (Financial Express)

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