News roundup: How the Supreme Court changed America this year
How the Supreme Court changed America. A new face in the Swallow, Shurtleff investigation. Lee agrees with radio host that birth control is for 'recreational behavior.'
Happy Wednesday. The Supreme Court is now on summer vacation Associate Justice Clarence Thomas is likely in his RV somewhere by now but the high court's actions have had profound impact on issues ranging from Obamacare to affirmative action to campaign finance to school prayer. Some 19 experts run down the court's impact on America this term. [Politico]
Topping the news: Terrance Jacob, who scheduled the use of the houseboat, jet and sports cars of indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson, is now included in the investigation of former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff, who borrowed the amenities Jacob managed. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL]
-> In response to the Supreme Court's ruling on Hobby Lobby's entitlement to religious freedom, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, agreed with a radio host that employee health care plans that cover contraceptives are "largely for recreational behavior." [Fox13]
-> Utah counties say the feds should allow them to manage the wild horse population because they say the BLM is ignoring the problem. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @bobaagard: "If corporations are people, I'm marrying @costco. Unless Costco is a dude, then that's still illegal for a while . . . "
Happy Birthday: To Utah State Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, and Ori Hoffer.
In other news: The Utah Attorney General's Office filed the documentation necessary for its appeal of same-sex marriage that was missing in the previous version the office submitted. [Trib]
-> In light of a recent lawsuit, owners of both The Salt Lake Tribune and The Deseret News say the goal of the joint operating agreement was neither to kill The Tribune's print product nor to encroach on the journalism of the newspaper. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL]
-> Local leaders and immigrant advocates are hopeful for President Barack Obama's proposed immigration reforms, but also cautious. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL]
-> The World Congress of Families, an anti-gay group, will hold first conference in the United States in Salt Lake City in 2015. [Trib] [KUTV]
-> Paul Rolly looks into Phill Wright, the Davis County Republican chairman, who discovered he isn't a Republican after all. Wright went to vote in the primary election and was registered "unaffiliated," which he says is a mistake. [Trib]
-> Uintah County Commissioner Mike McKee was re-elected to office by a margin of three votes. [Trib]
-> Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the 2016 governor's race and the idea of pushing for a constitutional convention for a balanced budget amendment. [UtahPolicy]
-> Another 54 bills took effect yesterday, including measures on guns, police raids, cannabis oil, beer and more. [Trib]
-> Check out this interactive graphic on Utah's liquor laws. [Trib]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert visited Caffe Ibis Roasting Co. in Logan and commended the company for its dedication to clean air. [DNews]
Nationally: President Barack Obama met with his Cabinet to discuss executive orders on minimum wage, carbon emissions and more, in spite of the pending lawsuit against his previous similar actions. [WSJ]
-> Monica Lewinsky will appear on "Today" in a TV interview, her first in more than a decade, next week to describe what she calls "one of the worst days of my life" when the investigation of her affair with former President Bill Clinton went public, saying, "I was a virgin to humiliation." [WaPost] [Politico]
-> A federal judge struck down Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage and immediately issued a stay. [Politico]
-> It pays $172,200 annually to be the President's speechwriter. Check out these numbers from the 2014 salary list, which includes $1.3 million in raises. [WaPost]
-> The White House pastry chef resigned and Obama joked there may be crack in the pies because they tasted so good. The comment caused an uproar and First Lady Michelle Obama quickly assured there is no cocaine in the president's pies. [WaPost]
-> U.S. politicians may be more of a soccer fan than you. Despite Team USA having lost their chance at the World Cup this year, leaders from across the nation cheered on the soccer players from behind TV sets and by waving ridiculously large American flags yeah, we're talking about you, Sen. Ted Cruz. [WaPost] [Politico]
Where are they?
Rep. Chris Stewart spends his day in northern Utah where he tours a Hexcel facility, speaks with the Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, meets with the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council and holds a constituent meeting.
Gov. Gary Herbert signs a declaration for the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11, discusses urban deer control with Highland city officials, meets with Larry Olson of Operation Underground Railroad and ends his day talking to former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell and Greg Poulsen.
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox tours the office of the State Medical Examiner at the University of Utah.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams conferences with staff from United Way, attends the Community Preservation Island Sub-Committee meeting and later the Community Preservation Economic Development Sub-Committee meeting.
President Barack Obama eats lunch with economists and meets with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.
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