From: Utah Policy
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Thursday's Utah Political News Roundup
Date: Thu Jun 26 11:56:32 MDT 2014

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

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A federal appeals court strikes down Utah's same-sex marriage ban. Herbert running for another term in 2016. Voter turnout for Tuesday's primary was dismal.


  • 131 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 214 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 495 days until the 2015 elections
  • 571 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 866 days until the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's top news stories:

  • A federal appeals court rules Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, City Weekly].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says the state should appeal the ruling on Utah's same-sex marriage ban all the way to the Supreme Court [Deseret News].
  • Herbert tells a group of political supporters he is planning to run for another term in 2016 [Tribune].
  • Voter turnout for Tuesday's primary was just 7% in Utah County [Daily Herald].
  • Democratic Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont says more needs to be done to improve morale in that office [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake County officials come up with a plan to cover some Medicaid programs, but it won't last very long unless the Legislature acts on Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  • Census numbers say minorities make up 20% of Utah's population [Tribune].
  • Drought conditions prompt a federal disaster declaration for every county in Utah [Tribune].
  • The Utah Transit Authority is named one of the best transit systems in America [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1894 - The American Railway Union, led by Eugene Debs, called a general strike in sympathy with Pullman workers.
  • 1917 - The first American troops arrived in France during World War I.
  • 1919 - The New York Daily News was first published.
  • 1945 - The United Nations charter was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.
  • 1950 - President Harry S. Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.
  • 1963 - President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous speech in West Berlin where he declared "Ich bin ein Berliner."
  • 1973 - Former White House counsel John Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House.
  • 1990 - President George. H.W. Bush went back on his "no new taxes" campaign pledge, conceding that tax increases would have to be part of any deficit-reduction package.
  • 2003 - The Supreme Court struck down state bans on sodomy.
  • 2003 - Strom Thurmond, the second longest-serving senator in U.S. history, died at the age of 100.
  • 2008 - The Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia.

Today's World Cup schedule:

  • United States vs. Germany (10:00 am, ESPN)
  • Portugal vs. Ghana (10:00 am, ESPN2)
  • South Korea vs. Belgium (2:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Algeria vs. Russia (2:00 pm, ESPN2)

Today At Utah Policy

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Matheson's Path
Now that Gov. Herbert has decided to run for another term in 2016, I think we can make a pretty safe assumption about what Rep. Jim Matheson will do if he decides to get back into the political arena following his retirement from Congress....

Tribune: Herbert in for 2016 Run
Gov. Gary Herbert reportedly told a group of prominent Republican political operatives he was planning on a run for another term as Utah's Governor in 2016....

10th Circuit Court Rules Against Utah in Amendment 3 Case
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Wednesday morning that a lower court's ruling striking down Utah's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage stands....

Two Incumbents Cruise on Primary Night While One Falls
Well, it wasn't even close in two of the key Utah legislative primary contestsTuesday.But the third was more of a contest....

Utah Becoming a Haven for Third-Party Candidates
More third-party candidates have run for Congress from Utah in the past quarter century than during the previous 93-years combined....

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House Adopts Amendment to Bar NSA From Meddling With Encryption Standards
An amendment designed to bar the National Security Agency from undermining encryption standards was approved by the House earlier this week....

Weekly Survey: Amendment 3 Ruling
Now that the 10th Circuit Court has ruled Utah cannot ban same-sex marriage, what do you think the next step will be? Vote in our weekly survey....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

High court rejects final appeal of Utah tar sands mine

Democratic A.G. candidate criticizes office morale, ethics

San Juan County woman likely to be first female commissioner

UTA board takes step to keep pay reasonable

Governor Herbert says he will run for re-election in 2016

SL County shuffles money to cover Medicaid hole

One in five Utahns now a minority

Deseret News

Op-ed: Christians need to be clear - Change is possible

Dan Liljenquist: Obamacare employer incentives could drive up Medicaid expansion costs

Jay Evensen: Could Massachusetts lead nation away from gambling?

Editorial: As marriage dispute heads toward Supreme Court, judiciary should not invalidate state laws

Unofficial vote tallies from primary election

Utah justices reject challenge to tar sands mine


Voter turnout dismal; write-in commission campaign possible (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Another agency tells Congress: File not found (The Hill)

Economists brush off dire GDP: 'This is a blip' (The Hill)

Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court (Politico)

Cleveland, Dallas make cut for GOP convention (Politico)

The Tea Party Flop Gives Republicans More Options Than They Realize (Bloomberg)

Hillary Clinton admits being 'inartful' about personal wealth (Telegraph)

US House plans to 'sue' Obama over executive authority (BBC News)

Lerner sought IRS audit of sitting GOP senator, emails show (FOX News)

Two More Top Officials Depart Beleaguered VA (Wall Street Journal)

Judge Rules Christie Can Cut $900M from Pension Payment (NJTV News)

Buddy Cianci, twice a convict, wants to be Providence mayor again (Los Angeles Times)

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