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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 8, 2014

Chaffetz says Romney will run again. Utah GOP is cash-poor ahead of the 2014 election. Mark Sessions Jenson wants Swallow and Shurtleff to testify.


  • 119 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 202 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 483 days until the 2015 elections
  • 559 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 854 days until the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday's top news stories:

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he thinks Mitt Romney will run for president again in 2016...and win [Utah Policy].
  • The Utah GOP is nearly broke, but they say it's not a problem ahead of the 2014 election [Utah Policy].
  • Jailedfraudster Mark Sessions Jenson wants former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff to testify in court about his case [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Millard County Commission candidate Jim Dyer, whose primary win was reversed when provisional and absentee ballots were counted, is questioning the legitimacy of that outcome [Tribune].
  • Some Utah County voters say county attorney Jeff Buhman violated state law by releasing personal records of his election opponent ahead of last month's primary election [Daily Herald].
  • Former Utah teacher Lily Eskelsen Garcia, who mounted an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1998, is tapped to lead the nation's largest teachers' union [Tribune,Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake City officials say, despite anemic sales, the Hive mass transit pass program will continue [Tribune].
  • It seems like lots of people like living in Salt Lake City's Sugar House neighborhood, even if they're not sure where that is [Tribune].
  • Natalie Gochnour says she'd like to see Gail Miller run for Utah Governor in 2016 [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1663 - King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.
  • 1776 - Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.
  • 1777 - Vermont became the first colony to abolish slavery.
  • 1889 - The Wall Street Journal was first published.
  • 1950 - Gen. Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea.

Today's World Cup schedule:

  • Brazil vs. Germany (2:00 pm, ESPN)

Today At Utah Policy

Utah Democrats Winning the Money Race so Far in 2014
The state Republican Party is about broke.But its rival, the Utah Democratic Party, has plenty of money....

Chaffetz: Romney Will Run in 2016...And Win
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is convinced that Mitt Romney is going to make a third run for president in 2016, but this time he will be victorious....

Americans Don't Know What the First Amendment Says
While most Americans correctly say that freedom of speech is guaranteed by the First Amendment, they can't name the other rightscontained therein....

Blog Watch: Local Option Sales Tax Distribution Up Nearly Double Digits
More good news for Utah's economy. The 1% local sales tax distribution grew nearly 10% over the past year....

New York Legislator Wants to Give Voting Rights to Illegals
A New York lawmaker wants to give undocumented workers the right to vote in state and local elections....

Featured Items

Chaffetz Out-Hustling Rivals in Race for Oversight Chair?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is gunning hard for the chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and trying to outwork his more senioropponents....

Congressional Action Needed to Jumpstart LNG Adoption as Truck Fuel
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has included, as part of its 'must-pass' highway trust fund package, a provision that would equalize the tax treatment of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) used by semi-trucks as an alternative to diesel fuel....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Should Obama Act on Immigration Reform?
Should President Obama go around Congress to make changes to immigration policy on his own? That's the question we put to our "Political Insiders" this week....

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Head Lice
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