How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – June 30, 2014

Investigators continue to build a case against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks at BYU. Dave Hansen picks sides in the 2016 gubernatorial race.



  • 127 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 210 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 491 days until the 2015 elections
  • 567 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 862 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday’s top news stories:

  • Investigators continue to build a possible criminal case against former attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff [Deseret News].
  • Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks at BYU [Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  • Top GOP strategist Dave Hansen says he will join Jonathan Johnson’s 2016 gubernatorial campaign if he decides to run [Utah Policy].
  • Activists fly a blimp over the NSA’s data center in Bluffdale to protest the organization’s surveillance activities [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the highest ranking Mormon in Washington, declines comment on the excommunication of Kate Kelly [Tribune].
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox almost turned down the job when it was offered to him following the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell [Deseret News].
  • Former Provo Mayor Lewis Billings says the future of UTOPIA deserves a “rousing debate” [Utah Policy].
  • The Wasatch Front Regional Council is mulling which transportation projects should be put on waiting lists for federal funding [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1921 – President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft chief justice of the United States.
  • 1934 – Adolf Hitler began his “blood purge” of political and military leaders in Germany known as “The Night of the Long Knives.”
  • 1971 – The 26th Amendment, which lowered the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to approve it.

Today’s World Cup schedule:

  • France vs. Nigeria (10:00 am, ESPN)
  • Germany vs. Algeria (2:00 pm, ESPN)