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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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Eight Things You Need to Know About Utah Politics for Tuesday

Valentine set to become chair of the Utah Tax Commission. Brady hosts a prominent Democrat on a tour of Utah. Cox and McAdams set to rumble on Saturday.


  • 91 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 174 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 455 days until the 2015 elections
  • 531 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 826 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday's top headlines:

  • Sen. John Valentine will leave the legislature after 26 years to become the new chairman of the Utah State Tax Commission [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz hosts Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings on a tour of Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • James Brady, the press secretary injured during the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, passed away at the age of 73 [Real Clear Politics].
  • The Utah Education Association names Lisa Nentl-Bloom as their new executive director [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox will face off in a demolition derby on Saturday in South Jordan [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Rep. Steve Handy considers the future of Utah's State Fairpark [Utah Policy].
  • A deal will keep two anti-fracking measures off of Colorado's ballot in November [Los Angeles Times].
  • A new commission seeks solutions on how to bridge Utah's gender wage gap [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - The federal government levied an income tax for the first time.
  • 1884 - The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid in New York Harbor.
  • 1981 - The federal government began firing striking air traffic controllers.
  • 2010 - The Senate confirmed Elana Kagan as the Supreme Court's 112th justice.
  • 2011 - Standard & Poor's lowered the United States' AAA credit rating by one notch to AA-plus.

Today At Utah Policy

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There May Be Another Path for Congress Instead of Impeachment
The chatter about possibly impeaching President Obama is growing. But pundit John Fund says there may be another way for Congress to hit back at what they see as his abuse of power....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Abandon NCLB for student-centered schools model

Editorial: Police should learn lessons from death of dog

Lt. Gov and Salt Lake County mayor to collide in demolition derby

Chaffetz takes a Dem deep into the red Utah

Panel: Utah's gender wage gap should close

Utah's 'Mr. Liquor' leaving Legislature to head Tax Commission

Deseret News

Op-ed: New Common Core lawsuit fights for local control

Op-ed: Convention of States project is proposing amendments

Editorial: Utah is correct to both be at the front of online voting, and cautiously study security

Editorial: An ability to conduct widespread surveillance doesn't mean permission to do so

Sen. John Valentine tabbed to head Utah Tax Commission

Lt. governor, S.L. County mayor's 'friendly rivalry' headed to demolition derby

Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Maryland Democrat build political bridge in Utah


Herbert taps Valentine for top tax commission spot (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Barack Obama to reporters: 'I'll take a question' (Politico)

Romney to raise money for Christie (Politico)

Rick Perry PAC forms (Politico)

NLRB ratifies actions of unconstitutional board (The Hill)

A tale of two Rand Pauls (The Hill)

James Brady, a champion of gun control known for his charm and wit (Christian Science Monitor)

Larry Schwartz, Top Cuomo Aide, to Meet With Prosecutors (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. to Shut 3 Interim Shelters Housing Immigrant Children (New York Times)

Dem pulls anti-fracking support at last minute for Colorado ballot (The Hill)

Mitt Romney Insiders Are Trying To Kill 'Draft Mitt' (ABC News)

Chambliss slams Senate CIA report as partisan (The Hill)

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