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Thursday, August 7, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know About Utah Politics - August 7, 2014

Obama names a new national monument in New Mexico. Herbert invites U.S. senators who want a new national monument in Utah to visit the Beehive state. Stewart wants to name Utah's new federal courthouse after Sen. Orrin Hatch.


  • 89 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 172 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 453 days until the 2015 elections
  • 529 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 824 days until the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's top headlines:

  • President Obama names a new national monument in New Mexico, says he's not finished setting aside land [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert invites the 14 U.S. senators who are asking President Obama to establish a new monument in Utah to come for a visit to discuss public lands issues [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Embattled rancher Cliven Bundy says he was inspired by God to battle the BLM over grazing fees, but he adds divine guidance showed him how to avoid conflict [Tribune].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart wants to name Utah's new federal courthouse in honor of Sen. Orrin Hatch [Deseret News].
  • Here's more speculation about who may replace Sen. John Valentine [Daily Herald].
  • The average tenure in Utah's State Senate is just under 8 years, and getting shorter [Utah Policy].
  • A federal court rules an article penned by former West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder under the name "Richard Burwash" did not defame a former employee of UTOPIA [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Murray government decides to pay $141,000 to UTOPIA to help fund the day-to-day operations of the fiber optic network [Tribune].
  • Mayors of six cities want to put a plan to turn over operations of the UTOPIA network on November's ballot [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The economic impact of the Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City continues to grow [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1912 - The Progressive Party nominated Theodore Roosevelt for president.
  • 1942 - U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.
  • 1964 - Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers to deal with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
  • 2000 - Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore chose Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate.
  • 2009 - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused President Barack Obama of proposing a "death panel" that would decide to receives treatment in his health care plan.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah should push for real corrections reform

Conservation commitments keep desert flowers off endangered list

Obama names New Mexico monument, says 'I'm not finished'

Mormon Cliven Bundy says God showed him path to avoid civil war

Reluctant Murray pays $141,666 UTOPIA tab, but is hardly sold

Appeals court: 'Burwash' article was not defamatory

Six Utah cities plan to put UTOPIA question to voters

Bundy's views 'far on the fringes' of Mormonism, says BYU prof

Outdoor businesses call on full conservation funding

Herbert to monument supporters: Come visit

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Israel's right to defend itself: Hamas not productive peace participant

UTOPIA mayors call for public vote on controversial utility fee proposal

Appeals court affirms news coverage of former UTOPIA employee not defamatory

Rep. Chris Stewart wants to name new federal courthouse for Sen. Orrin Hatch

Governor invites senators seeking new monument to visit Utah

Outdoor industry sees Utah as the place to grow for the future


Who will replace John Valentine? (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

How Pat Roberts beat Milton Wolf (Politico)

Paul: I wasn't ducking immigration debate (The Hill)

Bush makes AIDS plea in rare DC visit (The Hill)

Democrats throw kitchen sink at Republicans ahead of midterms (The Hill)

Bill Clinton factor: Can he tip Senate race to topple McConnell? (Christian Science Monitor)

Tuesday's primaries offer important lessons in Republican civil war (Christian Science Monitor)

DC residents to vote on whether to legalize pot (Associated Press)

Poll Finds Widespread Economic Anxiety (Wall Street Journal)

Bergdahl Meets With Army General Investigating His Disappearance (Wall Street Journal)

Montana senator mum on whether he's leaving race among plagiarism allegations (Associated Press)

Rand Paul: GOP doesn't oppose birth control (Des Moines Register)

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