How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – June 23, 2014

Primary elections on tap for Tuesday. A Church hearing for the founder of Ordain Women did not come to a conclusion on Sunday. The Utah Attorney General’s office to investigate the deal between the Tribune and Deseret News.



  • Utah’s 2014 primary election is tomorrow
  • 134 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 217 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 498 days until the 2015 elections
  • 574 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 869 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday’s top news stories:

  • A church disciplinary council wants more time to decide the fate of Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Utah Attorney General’s office plans to investigate the change in the operating agreement between the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The ghost of former Attorney General John Swallow hangs over tomorrow’s Republican primary election between Rep. Dana Layton and former Rep. Brad Daw [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County Democrats are set to pick a nominee for auditor tomorrow while Republicans will hit the polls to choose a candidate for assessor [Tribune].
  • Utah’s anti-panhandling law could restrict political campaigns from holding “honk and wave” rallies [Daily Herald].
  • The battle to be Utah’s next Speaker of the House is shaping up to be a tight contest [Tribune].
  • Utah’s unemployment rate hits the lowest level since 2008 [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  • State officials will hold a forum to discuss whether the state should ditch Daylight Savings Time [Utah PolicyTribune, Daily Herald].
  • Which Utah politician uses social media the best? [Utah Policy]
  • Rep. Dixon Pitcher is floating a “three strikes” law for drivers who text behind the wheel [KSL].
  • Utah has run out of the special decals allowing clean fuel vehicles to use the HOV lanes [Tribune].
  • The owner of a small business alleges the Utah Transit Authority is misusing eminent domain law [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1868 – Christoper Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the “Type-Writer”
  • 1892 – Former President Grover Cleveland won the Democratic nomination for president at the party’s convention in Chicago.
  • 1947 – The Senate joined the House in overriding President Harry S. Truman’s veto of the Taft-Hartley Act, which allows the president to intervene in labor disputes.
  • 1969 – Warren E. Burger was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.
  • 1972 – President Richard Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to hinder the FBI’s investigation into the Watergate scandal.
  • 2003 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan’s School of Law affirmative action policy.

Today’s World Cup schedule:

  • Australia vs. Spain (10:00 am, ESPN2)
  • Netherlands vs. Chile (10:00 am, ESPN)
  • Croatia vs. Mexico (2:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Cameroon vs. Brazil (2:00 pm, ESPN2)