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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Ten Things You Need To Know for Tuesday Morning - August 13, 2014

Lee wants donors to assure him their contributions were legal. Congress is wildly unpopular among Utah voters. Swallow and Shurtleff won't appear in court until September.


  • 83 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 166 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 447 days until the 2015 elections
  • 523 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 818 days until the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday's top headlines:

  • Sen. Mike Lee is asking donors to sign affidavits that their contributions did not violate campaign finance law [Tribune].
  • Congress is so unpopular with voters in Utah that tom Congressional leaders are staying away from the Beehive State this election cycle [Utah Policy].
  • Utah has until mid-September to file an appeal to a federal court ruling that the state must recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The next court date for former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff has been pushed back to October [Tribune].
  • Jon Huntsman says he thinks Mitt Romney will not make a third run for the White House in 2016 [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee's approval ratings may show a need for him to start moving to the political center [Utah Policy].
  • The White House is about to reverse a ban on lobbyists serving in government [Politico].
  • West Jordan City Manager Richard Davis resigned suddenly this week following a lawsuit accusing city officials of civil-rights abuses [Tribune].
  • New TRAX lines to the airport are not takingrevenue from taxis and airport parking [Tribune].
  • The Davis County Board of Health wants to change their regulations on sellers of e-cigarettes [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1521 - Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captured present-day Mexico City from the Aztecs.
  • 1961 - Berlin was divided as East Germany sealed off the border between the city's eastern and western sectors in order to halt the flow of refugees.
  • 1981 - President Ronald Reagan signed a historic package of tax and budget cuts.
  • 2011 - Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: UDOT would be wise to just give up on West Davis Corridor

New suit targets Shurtleff, Swallow and Bank of America

Next court date for Swallow, Shurtleff pushed back to October

Jail not the answer to Salt Lake City's homelessness ills, officials say

Federal proposal to protect wolverines withdrawn

West Jordan City manager resigns abruptly amid lawsuit

Mike Lee to donors: Were your contributions legal?

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Impeachment, the border crisis and other issues creating political crazy talk

Richard Davis: Despite leaders, Utah needs a comprehensive education plan

Feds: States must prove case on sage grouse efforts

Ex A.G. John Swallow fundraising host faces federal indictment

Ex A.G.s Mark Shurtleff, John Swallow face civil lawsuit over Bank of America case

West Jordan city manager resigns

Court sets deadline for Utah appeal in gay marriage recognition case

Best states for underprivileged children

Improvements in, around Pioneer Park a work in progress, Salt Lake mayor says

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton gives liberals 2008 deja vu (Politico)

David Axelrod swipes at Hillary Clinton over Iraq (Politico)

Key Democrats offer Obama support on Iraq - and a warning (The Hill)

Lawmaker urges mental health reforms after Robin Williams's death (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton looks forward to 'hugging it out' with Obama (The Hill)

Alaska GOP senator to Dem counterpart: Stop using me in your ads (FOX News)

Health Plans to End Without Proof of Citizenship (Wall Street Journal)

Obama Loosens Up on Lobbyist Ban (Fiscal Times)

Federal judge upholds Md. gun-control law (Associated Press)

'The Dude' nixes Montana Senate bid (Politico)

Florida legislature adopts new congressional district map (UPI)

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