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Thursday, June 5, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 5, 2014
A claim about donation laundering could drag Mike Lee into the John Swallow scandal. Shurtleff expects to be charged and cleared in the Swallow investigation. Utah appealing a ruling forcing the state to recognize same-sex marriages.
Thursday's Utah political news highlights:
- 19 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
- 152 days until the 2014 midterm elections
- 235 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
- 516 days until the 2015 elections
- 592 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 890 days until the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- Whoa! Accused fraudster Jeremy Johnson claims he laundered donations to Mike Lee's 2010 Senate campaign at the behest of former Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune].
- One of the search warrants in the Swallow investigation targeted the email account of campaign staffer Jessica Fawson [Deseret News].
- Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he expects he will be charged, and ultimately cleared, in the criminal probe targeting him and John Swallow [Tribune].
- Utah is appealing a federal court ruling ordering the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed following the Amendment 3 ruling last year [Deseret News,Tribune].
- Utah could be on the verge of a solar power boom [Tribune].
- A study says the manufacture and sale of beer has a $1 billion economic impact in Utah [Tribune].
- 1723 - Economist Adam Smith was born in Scotland.
- 1884 - Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican nomination for president saying "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected."
- 1933- The United States went off the gold standard.
- 1947 - Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlined an aid program for Europe that came to be known as the "Marshall Plan."
- 1967 -The Arab-Israeli Six-Day War began.
- 1968 - Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles. Gunman Sirhan Sirhan was immediately arrested.
- 1981 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare type of pneumonia; they were the first known cases of what later came to be identified as AIDS.
- 2002 - Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in her family's Salt Lake City home.
- 2004 - Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at the age of 93.
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