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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 25, 2014
Most incumbents win their primary challenges. GOP lawmakers urge Congress to act on immigration reform. Murray and Centerville reject UTOPIA deal.
- 132 days until the 2014 midterm elections
- 215 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
- 496 days until the 2015 elections
- 572 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 867 days until the 2016 presidential election
Wednesday's top news stories:
- Two legislative incumbents survive primary challenges while former Rep. Brad Daw ousts Rep. Dana Layton [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Republican Kevin Jacobs and Democrat Jeff Hatch fend off challengers in their Salt Lake County primary elections [Tribune].
- GOP lawmakers urge Congress to act on immigration reform [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Salt Lake County officials put renewal of the ZAP tax on November's ballot [Tribune, Deseret News].
- The DABC grants Snowbird a liquor license for their annual Oktoberfest [Tribune].
- A Utah company that donated generously to the campaigns of John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff settles a case with the Federal Trade Commission [Tribune].
- Ivory Homes is fined $250,000 by the EPA for failing to comply with Clean Water Act standards for storm-water runoff [Tribune].
- The Utah Supreme Court is investigating whether UDOT abused the state's eminent domain law [Tribune].
- The number of travelers atSalt Lake International Airport rose 1% last year [Tribune].
- The Murray and Centerville city councils reject a proposed deal to build out the controversial UTOPIA fiber optic system [ABC 4].
On this day in history:
- 1788 - Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the 10th state in the Union.
- 1868 - Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were readmitted to the Union.
- 1876 - General George Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana.
- 1950 - North Korean forces invaded South Korea kicking off the Korean War.
- 1962 - The Supreme Court ruled the use of unofficial, nondenominational prayer in New York Public schools was unconstitutional.
- 1973 - Former White House Counsel John Dean began testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee.
- 1995 - Warren E. Burger, the 15th chief justice of the United States, died at age 87.
- 1998 - The Supreme Court ruled a line-item veto law was unconstitutional.
- 2009 - Singer Michael Jackson died from an overdose of a powerful anesthetic.
Wednesday's World Cup schedule:
- Nigeria vs. Argentina (10:00 am, ESPN)
- Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran (10:00 am, ESPN2)
- Honduras vs. Switzerland (2:00 pm, ESPN2)
- Ecuador vs. France (2:00 pm, ESPN)
Today At Utah Policy
||Utah GOP Officials Urge Congress to Act on Immigration Reform
27 current and former GOP elected officials sent a letter to Utah's Congressional delegation urging them to act on immigration reform this year, saying the system is "broken."The letter, signed by members of Utah's legislature and former U.S. Senator Jake Garn says, in part:...
||Chaffetz: Unleash the 'Geeks' and 'Nerds'
Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants toassign a team of ITexpertsto find Lois Lerner's missing emails, which were supposedly destroyedwhen her computer "crashed" two weeks after Congressbegan itsinvestigation into IRS targeting of Tea Party groups in 2011....
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