News roundup: 'This can't wait!' When political emails get weird
'This can't wait!' Political emails get weird. SCOTUS grants Utah stay. Airport remodel could boost Utah's economy.
Happy Monday. Does this get your attention: "Can we chat real quick?" or perhaps, "THIS CAN'T WAIT." Or maybe you'd click on a "We're so sorry." Those are just a few of the subject lines that political campaigns and operatives are using to try and grab the attention of potential donors and break through the massive flow of emails yearning for your time. Yes, they subject lines are getting weirder, mainly because we're getting smarter about what we click. [ABCNews]
Topping the news: The Supreme Court issued an emergency ruling Friday that Utah does not have to recognize the more than 1,000 gay marriage performed in the state while its appeal before the high court is pending. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [KSL]
-> The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional in Oklahoma in a similar to Utah's case. [Trib]
-> A $1.8 billion remake of Salt Lake International Airport could offer the biggest boost to Utah's economy in the coming decade. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @jimmyfallon: "The Polar Vortex is causing fall-like temps in the Midwest. Not sure if it's climate change or God just put Earth on 'Shuffle.'"
Opinion section: Paul Rolly says Gov. Gary Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes are "making a costly mistake, again" in appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court over gay marriage because their case is futile. [Trib]
-> Rolly also looks into the uproar caused when a school principal asked a mother breast feeding her child to coverup. [Trib]
-> And Rolly notes that Gov. Gary Herbert's request for a review of Common Core standards is about appeasing the right flank. [Trib]
-> Check out cartoonist Pat Bagley's depiction of the poor living conditions and the real-world despair in Gaza. [Trib]
-> Bagley's cartoon on the Malaysian airliner shot down in Ukraine shows Vladimir Putin with some pretty big guns. [Trib]
-> Takwa Sharif and Shukri Harbi, both with ties to Somalia and the University of Utah, argue the U.S. should mediate the current Isreali-Palestinian conflict for long-term peace in the region. [Trib]
-> Ron Zamir, who works with the United Jewish Federation of Utah, says radical Islam is the cause of the deadly attacks on the Gaza strip. [Trib]
-> Lynn Webster, the immediate past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, says patients with chronic pain who take opioid medications need alternative treatments, but do not need harassment from enforcement officers. [Trib]
-> George Pyle argues law enforcement can be heavy handed, and sometimes unneccessary, in the war on drugs. [Trib]
-> Frederick Mark Gedicks and Lawrence Sager, two professors of law, say the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case does more to hinder religious freedom than it does to secure the right. [Trib]
-> Ashley Morales responds to Robert Kirby's column on faith, saying he mixed up "faith" with "religion." [Trib]
-> Mark Besendorfer, a fifth grade teacher with Canyons School District, feels Utah is not last in per pupil spending because there are too many students, but rather because the state does not elect to spend money on students. [Trib]
-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli question whether the misdeeds of former attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow signify a deeper corruption in Utah politics. [DNews]
Weekend in review: The first court date for former Attorney General John Swallow, charged with 11 felonies and two misdemeanors for alleged fraud during his time in office, was pushed back by a week to July 30. His case will now be seen along with former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's court appearance. [Trib]
-> The criminal trials set for both Swallow and Shurtleff may give Utah politicians a bad reputation, but they also show the state does not hold prominent leaders above the law. [Trib]
-> The Salt Lake Tribune's Joint Operating Agreements has been revised, but many say it's no better than before. [Trib] The case between the two Utah newspapers comes before the court today. [Trib]
-> State Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, has launched her campaign against Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, for his seat in Congress for District 2. [DNews] [KSL]
-> Stewart, though, is outraising and outspending Robles by a factor of 10 in the race. [UtahPolicy]
-> Utah drivers are just not very good. According to analysis, one in five drivers in the state is ticketed. [Trib]
-> Gale Dick, co-founder of the Save Our Canyons group, has died, leaving behind a legacy of advocacy. [Trib]
-> Officials from the Utah Olympic Oval announced plans to install solar panels on their Kearns parking garage to save energy and money. [Trib]
-> The Utah Department of Workforce Services has among the lowest rates of unemployment for states across the nation. [DNews] [KUTV] [KSL]
-> A South Jordan councilman hopes to put the possible split from Jordan School District on the ballot for resident to ultimately decide. [DNews]
-> The executive director of the Utah Film Commission resigned, citing his battle with lymphoma, among other reasons. [Trib]
Nationally: Secretary of State John Kerry said he understands Israel's attacks on Hamas, saying, "war is ugly." He travels to Egypt today to advocate for a ceasefire. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]
-> Kerry also spoke critically of the Malaysian plane that was shot down in Ukraine, pointedly telling Russian President Vladimir Putin it is a "moment of truth" for his country. [WaPost] President Barak Obama announced that one American died in the crash. [NYPost]
-> IRS officials spoke under oath about Lois Lerner's missing emails, citing that her hard drive cannot be recovered and several attempts by data specialists were unsuccessful. [Politico]
-> Obama will sign an executive order today to stop government contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. [WaPost]
-> Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, visited Silicon Valley to talk about technology and hint at a 2016 presidential bid. [LATimes]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz eats lunch at a fundraising event and attend the Days of '47 rodeo.
Rep. Chris Stewart tours UTA facilities in Salt Lake County, speaks with SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams, meets with members of the University of Utah's Center for Global Surgery and visits Artis LLC.
President Barack Obama signs an executive order protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination at the workplace, takes part in a town hall about the My Brother's Keeper initiative and bestows Ryan M. Pitts of the U.S. Army with the Medal of Honor.
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