ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 16, 2014Bryan Schott·July 16, 2014· Share John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff charged with multiple felonies. Shurtleff says the investigation is a “political witch hunt.” Lockhart rolling in campaign cash. Countdown: 111 days until the 2014 midterm elections 194 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature 475 days until the 2015 elections 551 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 846 days until the 2016 presidential election Wednesday’s top news stories: Former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are arrested and charged with multiple felonies [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News]. Shurtleff holds a news conference accusing Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill of conducting a political witch hunt [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News]. Here’s video of Shurtleff’s arrest [KUTV]. Utah political leaders react to the arrests [Tribune, Daily Herald]. There may be more arrests tied to the Swallow/Shurtleff scandal [Tribune]. The Department of Justice is getting a black eye for ending their probe into Swallow and Shurtleff [Tribune]. Where does the Swallow/Shurtleff scandal rank among Utah’s history of political wrongdoing? [Tribune] Democratic Congressional candidate Brian Wonnacott is struggling to raise money for his challenge to Rep. Jason Chaffetz [Utah Policy]. House Speaker Becky Lockhart has the most campaign cash among Utah’s legislators [Utah Policy]. An audit says Salt Lake County’s new system to provide mental health treatment is working fairly well [Tribune, Deseret News]. Salt Lake City may raise green fees in order to reduce an operating deficit at city owned golf courses [Tribune]. Today in history: 1790 – The District of Columbia was established as the seat of the U.S. government. 1951 – J.D. Salinger’s novel “The Catcher in the Rye” was published. 1945 – The United States exploded its first experimental bomb in the desert near Alamogordo, N.M. 1969 – Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the moon. 1980 – Ronald Reagan won the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Detroit.