-> One of former Attorney General John Swallow's former associates, and host of one of his fundraising hosts, Robert Montgomery, was arrested on Friday for unknown possible federal charges and awaits for a transfer to U.S. Marshals. [Trib]
-> Sen. John Valentine's plan to leave the Legislature has led many Utah legislators to wonder what the future of the state's alcohol policies will be, since he has been the president and main architect of such laws for nearly the past decade. [DNews]
-> Purchasing homes on hills or near hillsides may not be the safest purchase. Utah's smaller communities, which are in charge of their own safe land development, tend to have limited resources in complying with necessary safety precautions, which can lead to dangerous outcomes. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @natecarlisle: "@joshromney Shall I make a wager on the 3 horse for you? 3-1 odds. #utpol #WyomingDowns." [Twitter]
Happy Birthday: To superstar twin sisters Neena and Neela Pack, the latter of whom is moving tomorrow to D.C. to attend George Washington Law School.
Opinion section: Former Rep. Karen Shepherd says Utah should take the full expansion of Medicaid so that more Utahns can be covered but short of that, the state should go with Gov. Gary Herbert's alternative plan. [Trib]
-> Bill Midcap, the director of external affairs for Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, says there needs to be a serious conversation about water use before proceeding with any oil shale development in Utah. [Trib]
- David R. Irvine, a Salt Lake City attorney and retired Army brigadier general, says President Barack Obama needs to come clean about the government's use of torture and show some leadership to return to what the nation values. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake County Chief Deputy Recorder Julie Dole says Recorder Gary Ott should be recognized for his efforts to modernize the office and innovate for the future. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly experiences deja vu as Utah petitions the Supreme court to overturn the same-sex marriage ruling by Judge Robert Shelby. [Trib]
-> Rolly also notes that former Rep. Craig Frank has bad luck when it comes to where he lives and what legislative seats open up. [Trib]
-> Cartoonist Pat Bagley suggests the cozy relationship between politicians and developers in relation to landslide prone areas. [Trib]
-> Jane Scott, a pediatrician from Colorado, comments on the harm that can occur when parents stay glued to their cell phone instead of building their relationships with their own children. [Trib]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says Americans should stop portraying their presidents based on their own political biases because all chief executives make mistakes. [DNews]
Weekend in review: A preliminary hearing has been set for September for a former English teacher from Davis high school after a second student has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. [Trib][DNews][Fox13]
-> A civil war between West Jordan officials and the city's justice court had quieted down but is now headed to federal court. [Trib]
-> The Utah Transit Authority is looking for ways to improve its Wifi service that it acknowledges isn't very good right now. [Trib]
-> 1,700 people have signed an online petition asking UTA board to add more late-night bus and train service. [Trib]
-> 26 people are being given homes in the polygamous community of Hildale, Utah through the help of fiduciary Bruce Wisan, but a state judge may have to maintain control over the trust for years to come. [Trib]
-> The Granite School Board voted unanimously vote to approve a 2.54 percent tax increase that will go toward training days for teachers that were previously cut during the recession in 2008. [Trib]
-> A Democrat from West Valley City named Mike Lee is running for the state House but has found himself confused with Utah's junior senator by the same name. The Dem is now going by Michael D. Lee to steer clear from any further mix-up. [Trib]
-> Mayor Ben McAdams and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attended Salt Lake County's Dog Day demolition derby as more than just fans in the crowd. Each politician hopped into the driver's seat of their own hot rod and braved the track in order to raise money for charity. [Trib][DNews][Fox13]
-> The Salt Lake City Police Department is warning residents to beware of scam artists posing as utility or government agencies, a situation on the rise in Salt Lake. [Trib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch appeared on Logan's KVNU radio station where he not only compared President Barack Obama's efforts weak in comparison to former President Bill Clinton's, but he also touched on illegal immigration and the 14 senators who petitioned Obama to create a Greater Canyonlands National Monument. [Trib]
Nationally: A 72-hour cease-fire has been requested by Egyptian mediators and has been accepted by both Israel and Palestine. [NYTimes][WSJ][Politico]
-> After an unarmed African American teenager from St. Louis was shot and killed by a local police officer, many have banded together to protest in hope of finding answers from the local government and the police department responsible for the young man's death. [NYTimes]
-> Two vital parts of Northern Iraq have been reclaimed by Kurdish forces capitalizing on the America's airstrikes that loosened the grip that the Islamic militants that had claimed over the area. [WSJ][NYTimes]
-> Hawaii's incumbent Governor, Neil Abercrombie, was unseated by fellow Democrat, marking the shortest amount of time any governor there has ever spent in office. [Examiner]
-> The fairly new Veteran's Affairs secretary, Robert McDonald, spoke at the National Disabled American Veterans convention in Las Vegas and outlined his plans to make changes and speak with real people who are being affected by the downfalls of their program. [LATimes]
-> Hillary Clinton has begun to put more distance between herself and President Barack Obama by rejecting his foreign policy as being too slow and passive. [Politico][Examiner]
-> Compared to that of any other region in America, the West appears to be leading the way in the number of women lawmakers. [HCN]
-> In past mid-term elections there have been clear-cut themes, but with no one main driving issue for this year's election it puts the race up in the air and could possibly make it anyone's game. [WaPost]
Where are they?
Rep. Chris Stewart travels to St. George to interview with Lane Ronnow, meets with ambassadors from the Arthritis Foundations and will finish his visit by touring Wilson Electric and the Target store.
Gov. Gary Herbert will be attending the Champion of Small Business Award ceremony in the morning, enjoying the Utah Symphony in the afternoon, and will end his day in his office taping a video for the National Guard.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker is in New York attending the Conference of Mayors' Cities of Opportunity's task force.
President Barack Obama will deliver remarks as well as answer questions at the Democratic Senatorial campaign committee.
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