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If your parent is a senator, you're 8,500 times more likely to become one, too. FEC sues Jeremy Johnson over alleged straw donations. Herbert called for jury duty.
Happy Monday. Some things like high blood pressure or red hair run in the family. But what about being a politician? Well, according to one study, if your dad was a senator, you're 8,500 times more likely to do the same. As The Washington Post points out, if George H.W. Bush stayed in the oil business and Ron Paul in gynecology, do you think Jeb and Rand would be presidential candidates? [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/06/21/when-it-comes-to-politics-having-a-dad-who-came-before-you-helps-a-lot/" target="_blank">WaPost]
Topping the news: A new lawsuit alleges that indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson funneled illegal campaign donations to Sens. Mike Lee and Harry Reid, among others. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2645318-155/feds-sue-allege-johnson-illegally-donated" target="_blank">Trib] [http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631105/Feds-Jeremy-Johnson-skirted-campaign-finance-laws-in-contributions-to-Shurtleff-Lee-Reid.html" target="_blank">DNews] [http://kutv.com/news/local/prosecutor-rips-feds-over-jeremy-johnson-lawsuit" target="_blank">KUTV]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert has been called for jury duty on Tuesday. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2647089-155/utah-gov-gary-herbert-called-for" target="_blank">Trib]
-> The Utah Legislature may force counties to remove their noise ordinances so construction workers can complete road projects at night. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2640629-155/night-road-work-vs-noise-ordinances" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Some 87 percent of Utahns say they will reduce their water usage this year in wake of the drought affecting the West. [http://utahpolicy.com/index.php/features/today-at-utah-policy/6074-utahns-say-they-will-reduce-water-usage-this-year" target="_blank">UtahPolicy]
Tweet of the day: From @https://twitter.com/ConanOBrien" target="_blank">ConanOBrien: "I'm tempted to vote for Donald Trump just to hear the phrase 'Secretary of State Gary Busey.'"
-> From @https://twitter.com/ChipChantry" target="_blank">ChipChantry: "They're saying that there will definitely be a female on the new $10 bill, but they're just not sure which one. Same for the next president."
Tune in: Utah Department of Transportation executive director Carlos Braceras, Billy Hesterman of the Utah Taxpayers Association, Steven Downs of Orem City and Abby Albrecht of the Utah Transportation Coalition join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the gas tax, local-option tax and how the measures could affect taxpayers. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. MDT on http://sltrib.com/" target="_blank">sltrib.com.
Opinion section: Check out Pat Bagley's cartoon take on Rep. Mike Noel and his double standard when it comes to who must follow the law. [http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/2645961-155/bagley-cartoon-its-who-you-know" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Paul Rolly spoke with members of the Utah Republican Party who are upset with the group's current leadership, saying those in charge have made the party $118,000 in debt with donors who contribute less. [http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/2640537-155/rolly-big-debt-has-some-utah" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Rolly also looks into the irony of the Herriman Days parade this weekend which featured Rep. Mia Love, the first black Republican woman in Congress, and marchers wearing Confederate uniforms reminiscent of the Civil War. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2644022-155/rolly-utahs-herriman-days-parade-features" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Mica McGriggs, a Ph.D. student at Brigham Young University, speaks about the recent racially-fueled shooting at the AME Church in South Carolina, and says her membership as a black woman in the LDS Church gives her "only a façade" of white privilege. [http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/2641105-155/op-ed-the-white-privilege-of-my" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Onno Wieringa with Alta Ski and Peter Metcalf with Black Diamond Inc. say Utah needs a plan to combat climate change and air pollution if the state wants to maintain its outdoor recreation areas. [http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/2640431-155/op-ed-utahs-ski-industry-needs-clean" target="_blank">Trib]
-> George Pyle argues that gun issues in America stem from when people think of firearms as toys. [http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/2640255-155/pyle-a-nation-of-big-babies" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Dennis Wengert with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Utah says there needs to be a nationwide program to help college graduates with loan debt. [http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/2640480-155/op-ed-implement-educare-system-to-help" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Former U.S. Sen. Jake Garn advocates for the relocation of the Utah State Prison to create new rehabilitation facilities for inmates. [http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/2640418-155/sen-garn-relocating-utah-state-prison" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Julienna Viegas-Haws, who previously worked in the LDS Church education system, would like the church to celebrate June 8 when black members gained access to the temple and the priesthood. [http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/2640494-155/op-ed-lds-church-could-speed-healing" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Stuart Reid, a former Utah state senator, feels religious folks should not be forced to recognize the LGBT community as "morally and socially acceptable." [http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/2640507-155/op-ed-you-cant-force-religious-minority" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Erin Castro, an assistant professor at the University of Utah and a board member of the ACLU in the state, wants U.S. penitentiaries to provide college-in-prison programs with federal aid. [http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/2640522-155/op-ed-its-time-to-bring-college" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss former SLC Police Chief Chris Burbank's resignation and what it means for SLC Mayor Ralph Becker. [http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631146/Brouhaha-exploding-around-Beckers-firing-of-Burbank.html" target="_blank">DNews]
Weekend in review: District Attorney Sim Gill could soon be overlooking Salt Lake City prosecutors if a proposed merger takes place. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2644096-155/pilot-plan-da-would-manage-city" target="_blank">Trib] [http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631051/Salt-Lake-City-County-to-combine-prosecution-offices.html" target="_blank">DNews]
-> Read the latest excerpt from "Mormon Rivals" detailing the kidnapping of James Huntsman, Jon Huntsman Sr.'s son, that changed the family's public profile. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2525692-155/mormon-rivals-how-a-kidnapping" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz proposed legislation that would require online retailers to charge sales tax in the areas they ship to. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2645061-155/chaffetz-pushes-to-plug-online-sales" target="_blank">Trib]
-> After community uproar over a planned, and later cancelled, "Caucasian Heritage Night" sponsored by the Orem Owlz, a local baseball affiliate of the LA Angels, the team's director of communications resigned. [http://www.sltrib.com/home/2644709-155/orem-owlz-set-to-have-caucasian" target="_blank">Trib] [http://kutv.com/news/local/orem-owlz-media-director-resigns-in-wake-of-caucasian-heritage-night-backlash" target="_blank">KUTV] [http://fox13now.com/2015/06/20/orem-owlz-media-director-resigns-says-his-concerns-over-caucasian-heritage-night-were-not-taken-seriously/" target="_blank">Fox13] [http://www.good4utah.com/story/d/story/orem-owlz-cancel-planned-caucasian-heritage-night/17257/eQG0lGimB0qhR1RuZLD_Aw" target="_blank">ABC4]
-> In a 7-7 vote, Utah's state school board chose not to support an initiative from Gov. Gary Herbert concerning public education. [http://www.sltrib.com/home/2644882-155/utah-school-board-rejects-larger-role" target="_blank">Trib]
-> The LDS Church hopes to make records of 4 million former slaves open to the public. [http://www.sltrib.com/home/2644224-155/mormons-head-up-effort-to-make" target="_blank">Trib]
-> Former Utah legislator Roz McGee, championed for her community service work, died last week. [http://www.sltrib.com/news/2644664-155/former-utah-lawmaker-a-champion-for" target="_blank">Trib]
Nationally: Prompted by the recent church shooting in South Carolina, several prominent politicians including Mitt Romney have weighed in on the flying of Confederate flags. [http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/06/20/mitt-romney-calls-for-removal-of-confederate-flag-at-south-carolina-capitol/?ref=politics&_r=0" target="_blank">NYTimes] [http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/mitt-romney-take-down-confederate-flag-south-carolina-119250.html?hp=l1_3" target="_blank">Politico]
-> President Barack Obama went golfing in California but due to the region's drought, several environmentalists are frowning on his leisurely getaway. [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/22/us/california-golf-trip-lands-obama-in-a-water-use-debate.html?ref=politics" target="_blank">NYTimes]
-> Every candidate in the wide field of the presidential race is trying to woo the Latino vote. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-race-is-on-for-the-latino-vote/2015/06/21/69cdec4e-6a83-467e-b15c-e0d65cd94cb4_story.html" target="_blank">WaPost]
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Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner