ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – June 3, 2014Bryan Schott·June 3, 2014· Share Agents raid the homes of John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. Utahns react to carbon cutting plan. Lee isn’t moving to the political middle ahead of 2016. Countdown: 21 days to Utah’s 2014 primary election 154 days until the 2014 midterm elections 237 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature 518 days until the 2015 elections 594 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 892 days until the 2016 presidential election Tuesday’s top Utah political news stories: Law enforcement agents execute search warrants on the homes of John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff [Tribune, Deseret News]. Utah officials react to a plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30% [Tribune]. Sen. Mike Lee is not moderating his politics in order to avoid an intra-party challenger in 2016 [Utah Policy]. Salt Lake City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa says he’s not totally behind Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s plan to cut funding for fireworks to reduce pollution [Tribune]. The Jordan School District is fighting an effort by South Jordan residents to split and form a separate school district [Tribune]. A new poll says Utahns think immigration reform will benefit the state’s economy [Deseret News, Tribune]. A massive soccer complex near the Jordan River is finally starting to take shape [Tribune]. On this day in history: 1621 – The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands, which is present-day New York City. 1861 – Stephen Douglas, U.S. politician, died. 1937 – The Duke of Windsor married American divorcee Wallis Simpson, for whom he had abdicated the British throne. 1965 – Astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space, during the flight of Gemini 4. 1989 – Chinese troops began a sweep of Beijing to crush pro-democracy demonstrations. 1989 – Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini died. 2008 – Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination.