How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 28, 2014

Will Shurtleff and Swallow be tried together? Utah seizes drivers licenses held by illegal immigrants. Local governments are hiking property taxes this year.



  • 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.