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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 9, 2014

Swallow hires a criminal defense lawyer. Gay rights groups oppose non-discrimination law because it contains an exemption for religious organizations. Labor unions endorse Republicans in some key legislative races.


  • 118 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 201 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 482 days until the 2015 elections
  • 558 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 853 days until the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday's top news stories:

  • Former Attorney General John Swallow hires criminal defense attorney Stephen McCaughey [Fox 13].
  • Gay-rights groups oppose a bill to protect gay people from workplace discrimination because it provides for an exemption for religious organizations [Tribune].
  • Same-sex marriage advocates plan to deliver a petition to Governor Herbert asking the state to drop its appeal of a court ruling striking down Amendment 3 [Deseret News].
  • Labor unions could provide the winning edge for some Republican candidates come November [Utah Policy].
  • Utah's newprogram allowing the use of cannabis oil to treat some medical conditions gets underway [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Davis County officials take another step toward the creation of a rapid transit line through from Bountiful to Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • A new study confirms what we already knew - that most Utahns value outdoor recreation in the state [KSL].
  • Utah gas prices are spiking during the summer travel season [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - The Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington's troops in New York.
  • 1850 - Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States, died after serving only 16 months in office.
  • 1896 - William Jennings Bryan denounced supporters of the gold standard with his "cross of gold" speech at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
  • 1992 - Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton tapped Sen. Al Gore of Tennessee to be his running mate.
  • 2004 - A Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded the CIA provided unfounded assessments of the threat posed by Iraq that the Bush administration relied on to justify going to war.

Today's World Cup schedule:

  • Netherlands vs. Argentina (2:00 pm, ESPN)

Today At Utah Policy

Labor Union Endorsements Could Tip Elections...for Republicans
Two Republican legislators targeted by Utah's Democrats in 2014 have picked up crucial endorsements from an unlikely source - Utah's labor unions....

Why Impeaching Obama Would be a Huge Risk for the GOP
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Roll Call: Love Assured of a Win in November
Roll Call's David Hawkings says Mia Love is basically a member of Congress "in waiting" as she's virtually assured of a win in November....

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....

Featured Items

The Parable of the Prodigal Cow
"Animal Farm" by George Orwell was all about politics, so we ought to be able to draw some political lessons from farm life, right?...

Lee, Paul, Rubio Launch New Era of Conservative Policy Ideas
In an op-ed, W. James Antle III saysthe policy alliances Sen. Mike Lee has created with Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio could be the most important Republican collaborations in Washington in recent memory....

Privacy Tools: How to Block Online Tracking
Many sites (including ProPublica) track user behavior using a variety of invisible third-party software. This means any time you visit a web page, you're likely sharing data about your online habits, from clicks to views or social shares, whether you realize it or not....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah should help those who help their own

People like living in Sugar House - even if they don't

New corruption claims raised against Utah police department

A big step for rapid transit in Davis County

Jason Chaffetz has gut feeling Mitt Romney runs again

Utah issues first permits for cannabis oil

Deseret News

Op-ed: It is time for lawmakers to stop stalling with Medicaid

Richard Davis: Is it time for another constitutional convention?

Editorial: Caution is necessary when Utah transit projects engage in the practice of eminent domain

Conservation groups fire off letter over basin plants

West Valley police chief calls allegations of hush money 'inaccurate'

Rep. Chaffetz keeps Romney for President talk alive

Hemp oil registration cards bring hope for families


Cache County releases final GOP primary results; McAllister winner in treasurer race (Logan Herald Journal)

Chaffetz: Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States (Daily Herald)

Davis vote by mail certified as a smash hit (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden pans panhandlers in the name of safety (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton on dynasties: We had 2 Roosevelts (Politico)

UN hoping for refugee status for immigrants (The Hill)

Obama wants $3.7B for border (The Hill)

Immigration's Back, Creating Bad Politics for Everybody (Bloomberg)

Border Crisis Looms Over Obama's Texas Trip (Wall Street Journal)

Republicans Pick Cleveland for 2016 Presidential Convention (Wall Street Journal)

Body count up to 17 after Chicago's bloody holiday weekend (Reuters)

Benghazi militant's next court date in September (FOX News)

Senate Majority PAC drops $550K in Kentucky (Politico)

Democrats up for election try to steer attention away from Washington (Associated Press)

Job Openings in U.S. Increased to an Almost Seven-Year High (Bloomberg)

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Wise Words

Experience as a Guide
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Lighter Side

Declining Intelligence

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