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News roundup: White House asks big biz for immigration reform help

Published August 18, 2014 7:19 am
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White House looks to big biz on immigration reform. Missouri calls out the National Guard. Judge orders new primary in Millard County.

Happy Monday. With immigration reform efforts mired in partisan gridlock, the White House is looking for more ways that President Barack Obama can go it alone through the use of executive orders and by convincing major U.S. companies to back the administration's moves. White House aides have meet with officials from Cisco, Intel and Accenture in hopes of attracting their support after Congress failed to pass meaningful reform. [Politico]

Topping the news: After a full week of turmoil, Missouri's governor has declared a state of emergency, issued a curfew in Ferguson and called in the National Guard. [Post-Dispatch] [NYTimes][WaPost][WSJ][Politico][LATimes]

-> Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans is warning GOP candidates that debates sponsored by the U., KCPW and the Alliance for a Better Utah are a "set up" and to avoid them. [UtahPolicy]

-> Although Sugar House's streetcars may not be attracting riders, the S-Line is garnering possible land developments [Trib]

-> Some 61 percent of Utahns oppose same-sex marriage while 29 percent support it, according to a new poll. Some 58 percent, meanwhile, believe the Supreme Court will overturn Utah's ban on gay marriage. [UtahPolicy] A majority of Utahns, though, support taking Utah's case to the high court. [UtahPolicy]

-> A state judge has ordered a new Republican primary in Millard County amid allegations of illegally counted ballots; Question is: Does the judge have that power? [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @pmkell: "When news corporations like CNN and al jazeera send reporters to cover #Ferguson, they send their war correspondents. Think about that."

Congrats: To Melissa Subbotin, communications director for Rep. Rob Bishop, and Nathaniel Sillin who wed on Saturday in Lake Tahoe.

Opinion section: George Pyle discusses the scrutiny police are under throughout the nation, and how it's intensified because of the combat weapons being used in Ferguson. [Trib]

-> Mary Jo McMillen, executive director of Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness, and Jamie Justice, Utah's executive director for National Alliance for Mental Illness, suggest Utahns with mental illnesses receive help instead of being put behind bars. [Trib]

-> Kathryn Marti, a board member of the Utah Public Health Association, urges officials to fund the nation's public health system in order to keep Utahns healthy. [Trib]

-> Matthew Stuart, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3586 in Salt Lake City, favors evening the playing field for not only athletes but war veterans with disabilities and urges Sen. Orrin Hatch to sign the disability treaty that would help this happen. [Trib]

-> Jeramy Lund, a private investor living in Park City, and Fraser Nelson, who serves as executive director for the Community Foundation of Utah, encourage Utah's elected officials to promote tax policies that bolster charitable giving. [Trib]

-> Michele Straube, director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, believes that continuing to schedule field trips to public lands in Utah will help promote dialogue and create solutions. [Trib]

-> Betsy Burton, owner of The King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, urges Utahns to support local business instead of succumbing to the cheap prices that Amazon offers. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb review questions that surround Salt Lake City's 2015 mayoral race. [DNews]

-> Paul Rolly notes a Libertarian candidate running on the platform of ensuring dogs aren't killed by police and the Ayn Rand philosophy. [Trib]

-> Rolly also notes that while animal rights advocates were able to stop a catch-and-keep animal event in Bluffdale, they failed to stop a pig wrestling contest in Utah County. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the loopholes that U.S. corporations find when filing taxes. [Trib]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is wrong and the nation's growing debt is a crisis that must be dealt with. [DNews]

Weekend in review: Northern Utah County officials pleaded to the Utah Transportation Commission during its monthly meeting for new freeways to deal with the rapid urbanization of the area. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake County has hired professionals to conduct studies in hopes of helping reduce recidivism and help inmates who deal with drug addiction and mental illness. [Trib]

-> Democratic congressional candidate Donna Mcaleer plans to hold a fundraiser with the guest appearance of gay activist and retired Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer who is known for her efforts in fighting the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. [Trib]

-> Utah's first nonprofit law firm has opened in Salt Lake City. [DNews]

Nationally: Kurdish forces are taking advantage of American airstrikes and have claimed the Mosul Dam back from the ISIS. [NYTimes][WaPost][WSJ][LATimes]

-> Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted on two felony accounts of abusing his power by attempting to force a district attorney to step down with by vetoing any state funding for her office. [Examiner][NYTimes][WaPost][WSJ][Politico][LATimes]

-> The National Republican Congressional Committee has created more than 20 phony news sites to discount Democratic congressional candidates. [LATimes]

Where are they?

Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Rep. Paul Ray.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox heads to a junior achievement golf tournament in Farmington, and tours Daggett County.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker hits a planning session on public engagement and later attends Mountain Accord meetings.

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the latest political developments in Iraq and then answers questions at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee meeting.

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