How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – June 20, 2014

Plans for relocating the Utah State Prison moving forward. Ex-police officer charged with manslaughter. Lawsuit claims Salt Lake City’s parking kiosks violate city code.


  • 4 days to Utah’s 2014 primary election
  • 137 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 220 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 501 days until the 2015 elections
  • 577 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 872 days until the 2016 presidential election

Friday’s Utah political news highlights:

  • The committee tasked with finding a new site for the Utah State Prison plans to have a recommendation ready for lawmakers in time for the 2015 session in January [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill charged an ex-West Valley City police officer with manslaughter in the shooting death of Danielle Willard [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A lawsuit says Salt Lake City’s electronic parking kiosks violate city code [Tribune].
  • A number of Utah’s Congressional delegation are supplementing their income by authoring books [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake County GOP chooses Dale Ash as their new chair [Utah Politico Hub].
  • A judge orders Park City Mountain Resort and Talisker Land Holdings into mediation in order to find a solution to their legal dispute [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • A judge plans to dismiss the massive fraud case against Rick Koerber because prosecutors failed to comply with the Speedy Trial Act [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1782 – The Great Seal of the United States was adopted.
  • 1863 – West Virginia became the 35th state.
  • 1893 – A jury found Lizzie Borden innocent of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.
  • 1963 – The United States and Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a hot line between the two superpowers.
  • 1967 – Muhammad Ali was convicted of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted.
  • 1994 – O.J. Simpson pleaded innocent in the killings of his ex-wife, Nichole, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
  • 1997 – The tobacco industry agreed to a massive settlement in exchange for relief from mounting lawsuits and legal bills.
  • 2002 – The U.S. Supreme Court declared that executing mentally retarded murderers was unconstitutionally cruel.

World Cup schedule:

  • Friday
    • Italy vs. Costa Rica (10:00 am, ESPN)
    • Switzerland vs. France (1:00 pm, ESPN)
    • Honduras vs. Ecuador (4:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Saturday
    • Argentina vs. Iran (10:00 am, ESPN)
    • Germany vs. Ghana (1:00 pm, ESPN)
    • Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina (4:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Sunday
    • Belgium vs. Russia (10:00 am, ABC)
    • South Korea vs. Algeria (1:00 pm, ABC)
    • United States vs. Portugal (4:00 pm, ESPN)