How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 22, 2014

A judge sets a date to hear arguments in the lawsuit challenging the new operating agreement between the Tribune and Deseret News. Luke Garrott makes a move to run for Salt Lake City Mayor in 2015. Utah’s child well-being ranking rises.



  • 105 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 188 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 469 days until the 2015 elections
  • 545 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 840 days until the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday’s top news stories:

  • A judge sets a September date to hear arguments on whether a group suing to stop a change in the operating agreement between the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News has standing to bring a suit [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch wants President Obama to include a religious exemption in his executive order preventing federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott is inching toward a run for Mayor next year [Tribune].
  • A new report says Utah ranks 11th for child well-being, which is up from 14th last year [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Imprisoned FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs sends a lot of mail to Utah lawmakers [Tribune].
  • 21 protesters have been arrested for blocking access to a tar sands company facility in eastern Utah [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County announces a new solar power installation at the Utah Olympic Oval [Deseret News].
  • A new study finds the 13 national parks in Utah brought in nearly $600 million in economic activity and are responsible for 9,000 jobs [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1796 – The city of Cleveland was founded by Gen. Moses Cleavland.
  • 1933 – Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world.
  • 1934 – Bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside a movie theater in Chicago.
  • 1937 – The Senate rejected President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.
  • 1975 – Congress restored Confederate general Robert. E. Lee’s U.S. citizenship.