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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know About Utah Politics - August 6, 2014

Utah appeals a ruling striking down its ban on same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court. Utah set to launch comprehensive review of its correction system. Obama's popularity rating falls to an all-time low.


  • 90 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 173 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 454 days until the 2015 elections
  • 530 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 825 days until the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday's top headlines:

  • Utah appeals a lower court ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • State leaders are set to begin a review of Utah's prison system in order to deal with an expected population boom over the next two decades [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Here's how little members of Congress work compared to you [ABC News].
  • President Obama's approval rating falls to a new all-time low [NBC News].
  • Here's a fairly good list of those who are considering throwing their hat in the ring to replace Sen. John Valentine [Utah Politico Hub].
  • A number of schools in northern Utah would receive failing grades under No Child Left Behind [Herald Journal].
  • The South Jordan City Council votes unanimously to not pursue a split with the Jordan School District [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • West Jordan City Councilman Justin Stoker issues an apology for his statements calling the Salt Lake City government "bloated" and "corrupt" [Tribune].
  • A study about the cost of maintaing and improving Utah's water system is sparking some criticism from water-conservation groups [Deseret News].
  • Former Senator Chris Buttars is using his post-legislature career to become an author [Utah Policy].
  • For the tech enthusiasts: Apple plans to unveil the new iPhone on September 9th [Hot Hardware], while Samsung is set to debut their phablet on September 3 [Business Insider].

On this day in history:

  • 1914 - Austria-Hungary declared war against Russia, and Serbia declared war against Germany at the outbreak of World War I.
  • 1945 - The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
  • 1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.
  • 2007 - The Crandall Canyon Mine in central Utah collapsed, trapping six coal miners. All six miners and three rescuers were killed.
  • 2009 - Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Salt Lake County Recorder's office should embrace transparency

Op-ed: Water and business must mix in Utah

Trial set for Jeremy Johnson, four co-workers

Utah files same-sex marriage appeal with U.S. Supreme Court

Embarrassed employee: Salt Lake City not 'bloated' or 'corrupt'

Utah prison review aims to find new approach

South Jordan drops idea of splitting from school district - for now

Paul Rolly: Stewart saving Utah's scenic wonders - at least in photos

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Reinstituting state-sponsored school prayer is a bad idea

Editorial: Congressional 'exchange visits' can lift, enlighten

Salt Lake Chamber to organize water conservation committee, draws ire of advocate group

State looks to control prison costs

Utah appeals to U.S. Supreme Court in gay marriage case

South Jordan will not pursue school district split


County to wait another week on beer decision (Daily Herald)

State lawmakers take on school standards amid Common Core backlash (Standard-Examiner)

Weighing the balance of property rights versus safety (Standard-Examiner)

Several local schools would get 'failing' grade under No Child Left Behind (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Second American health worker with Ebola arrives in U.S. (Politico)

Poll: Congress approval hits new low (Politico)

Romney, Ryan to fundraise for Virginia Republican (The Hill)

A second leaker in addition to Snowden? (The Hill)

A Doctor's Perspective On Obamacare Plans (NPR)

US general killed in Afghanistan (The Hill)

Obama: U.S. seeks to be long-term partner to Africa (Reuters)

Here's How Much Less Congress Works Than You Do (ABC News)

Alabama Abortion Law Ruled Unconstitutional (WVAS)

U.S. Treasury Exploring Ways to Deter Tax Inversions Without Congress (Wall Street Journal)

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