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Thursday, June 19, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 19, 2014
Lawmakers look into the search warrant served on former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. A federal judge rules against Utah's immigration enforcement law. Utah may expand Goblin Valley State Park.
Thursday's Utah political news highlights:
- 5 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
- 138 days until the 2014 midterm elections
- 221 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
- 502 days until the 2015 elections
- 578 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 873 days until the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- Lawmakers look into the circumstances surrounding a search warrant served on the home of former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Former Attorney General John Swallow is getting a new lawyer after parting ways with his current one [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Lawmakers chew over a potential deal with an Australian company to operate the troubled UTOPIA fiber optic network [Daily Herald, Tribune, Deseret News].
- A federal judge cuts the legs out from under Utah's controversial immigration enforcementlaw [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Former State Senator Dan Liljenquist warns Utah lawmakers about making a hasty choice on Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
- The state is mulling expanding Goblin Valley State Park into the San Rafael Swell area [Tribune].
- Utah lawmakers complain to Bureau of Land Management officials about grazing cutbacks [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Utah may use $1 billion in bonds to speed up completion of some highway projects [Tribune].
- Sen. Todd Weiler says Utah shouldn't tax Social Security benefits [Tribune].
- Former Murray Mayor Dan Snarr reports zero contributions and zero expenditures in his County Council race against Aimee Newton [Utah Policy].
Thursday's World Cup schedule:
- 1586 - English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island in North Carolina after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America.
- 1862 - Slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories.
- 1934 - The Federal Communications Commission was created.
- 1953 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for conspiring to give U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.
- 1961 - The Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state officeholders profess a belief in God.
- 1964 - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
- 1987 - The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to teach creation theory as well.
- 2000 - The Supreme Court barred officials from letting students lead crowds in prayer before football games.
- Colombia vs. Ivory Coast (10:00 am, ESPN)
- Uruguay vs. England (1:00 pm, ESPN)
- Japan vs. Greece (4:00 pm, ESPN)
Today At Utah Policy
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