ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 2, 2014Bryan Schott·July 2, 2014· Share Warrant in the Swallow investigation targets an aide for Jeremy Johnson. Uintah County Commission election decided by just three votes. 54 new laws go into effect. Countdown: 125 days until the 2014 midterm elections 208 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature 489 days until the 2015 elections 565 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 860 days until the 2016 presidential election Wednesday’s top news stories: Newly unsealed search warrants in the John Swallow investigation target computer records belonging to an aide for accused fraudster Jeremy Johnson [Tribune, Deseret News]. Mike McKee wins his election for Uintah County Commission by just three votes over Bart Haslem. A recount is underway [Deseret News, Tribune]. Top executives for the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News file sworn statements denying they have a plan to close down the Tribune [Tribune]. 54 new laws passed by the 2014 Legislature went into effect on Tuesday [Tribune]. After missing a court deadline, Utah files documents missing from their appeal of a ruling forcing the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in the state [Tribune]. An anti-gay group plans to hold their national conference in Salt Lake City next year [Tribune]. Iron and Beaver counties are asking Congress to allow states to manage wild horse populations instead of the BLM [Tribune]. On this day in history: 1776 – The Continental Congress passed a resolution that “these United Colonies are, and of right, out to be, Free and Independent States.” 1881 – President James A. Garfield was fatally shot by Charles Guiteau. 1937 – Aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first around-the-world flight at the equator. 1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. 1976 – The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.