ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 28, 2014Bryan Schott·July 28, 2014· Share Will Shurtleff and Swallow be tried together? Utah seizes drivers licenses held by illegal immigrants. Local governments are hiking property taxes this year. Countdown: 99 days until the 2014 midterm elections 182 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature 463 days until the 2015 elections 539 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 834 days until the 2016 presidential election Monday’s top news stories: It’s likely former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff will try to avoid being tried together on the multiple felony charges brought against them [Tribune]. A judge rules Shurtleff Swallow won’t have to testify in the trial of Mark Sessions Jenson [Tribune]. A change in requirements to obtain a Utah drivers license helps the state invalidate licenses held by illegal immigrants [Tribune]. A proposed surcharge by Rocky Mountain Power for customers who have solar panels draws opposition [Deseret News, Tribune]. President Obama signs into law a Utah land-swap bill [Tribune]. 40 local governments are hiking property taxes this year [Tribune, Deseret News]. Sen. Steve Urquhart proposes selling cannabis oil at state liquor stores [Tribune]. Burt’s Tiki Lounge could be the first establishment in Utah to take advantage of a change in Utah law allowing the sale of its state liquor license for a profit [Tribune]. On this day in history: 1794 – Maximillien Robespierre, a leading figure in the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine. 1868- The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing due process and the equal protection of the laws to former slaves, was declared in effect. 1914 – World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. 1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in south Vietnam. 2009 – The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court.