News roundup: No immigration reform could spark mass protests
No immigration reform? Mass protests could wait. Immigrants missing from reform debate. Swallow seeks patience.
Happy Monday. Democrats have long argued that Republicans need to pass comprehensive immigration reform because of the growing population of Latino voters, but Sen. Chuck Schumer is taking it one further. The New York Democrat says that there will be mass protests if the House doesn't pass legislation that allows for a path to citizenship. [TheHill]
Topping the news: Discussion of the immigration reform bill has focused almost solely on border security and logistical issues, leaving the most important piece of the puzzle - the immigrants - on the sidelines. [Trib]
-> Addressing the state Republican Party, AG John Swallow insisted that the truth will out, asking them to remain patient for a few more months as he proves his innocence. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy]
-> Bob Bernick notes the GOP's My Vote Counts is meant to confuse the public with the other initiative of Count My Vote, and party elders want it that way. [UtahPolicy]
Today's news: The LDS Church is shifting its missionary focus away from the traditional door-to-door method towards an online approach. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The Payments in Lieu of Taxes program could be one of the many government subsidies cut as budgets from Washington shrink. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @MoRocca: "Edward Snowden: from Hong Kong to Moscow to Cuba to Ecuador. If that weasel gets to keep all the miles then I'll really be pissed."
Happy belated birthday: To the better half of Matt Canham, Leah Bryner, and to the Utah Association fo Realtors' Taylor Oldroyd.
Opinion Section: Paul Rolly suggests House Speaker Becky Lockhart's recent public appearances is a sign she may be running for governor in 2016. [Trib]
-> Rolly also says the GOP could do with an image-change when it comes to anti-abortion advocacy. [Trib]
-> A winner of the Utah Gandhi Alliance for Peace calls for immigration reform to address human rights abuses at borders. [Trib]
-> A Native American LDS Church member discusses the government surveillance program and its possible detrimental effects on freedom of speech. [Trib]
-> A Utah scoutmaster argues that advocating for more inclusivity within the organization is really advocating for the organization itself. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss the role of the media in the investigation into AG John Swallow. [DNews]
-> The Utah State Democratic Party's executive director gives his take on why voters don't feel compelled to turn out at the polls. [Trib]
-> The president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment calls out Rep. Chris Stewart and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Director Amanda Smith for siding with polluters on the issue of EPA's proposed new ozone standards. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley's guest cartoonist Steve Kelley gives his take on the recent scandals plaguing the Obama administration. [Trib]
-> Peg McEntee argues the case for administrative subpoenas to speed up the process of tracking down producers of child pornography. [Trib]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett praises Rep. Rob Bishop for his plan to support "grand bargain" wilderness legislation. [DNews]
Weekend in Review: Key players in the immigration reform debate are the Dreamers, kids brought to the country illegally. These young immigrants have managed to sway top Republicans, who see their cause as a way to win over the Latino vote. [Trib]
-> Two of Sen. Orrin Hatch's proposed amendments to the immigration reform bill have been included in a "border-surge amendment" that would double the number of border patrol agents and require 700 miles of border fence and expanded drone surveillance on the U.S.-Mexico border. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee predicts that an immigration reform bill, which he has vehemently opposed, will pass, convincing him to shift his focus to ensure border security legislation is implemented before immigrants can receive legal status. [Trib]
-> The tussle continues over whose name will end up on the new federal district courthouse in SLC. Will it be the first Utahn to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, George Sutherland, or Sen. Orrin Hatch? [Trib]
-> Utah Democrats voted in favor of retaining the state's current caucus/convention system because they fear that a costly switch to an open primary would scare off potential common-folk candidates. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy] [Herald]
-> Meanwhile, Utah Republicans signal their intentions to strengthen and preserve the caucus/convention system. [Trib]
-> Officials from across the U.S. who are experienced in impeachment proceedings warn Utah lawmakers that the road ahead in the investigation of Swallow will not be a smooth one. [Trib]
-> Swallow claims that some of the receipts put forward by Marc Jenson, allegedly proving the Swallow signed for charges at the Pelican Hill Resort in 2009, are forged. [Fox13]
-> The Salt Lake County Council is discussing whether the person appointed to the post of deputy mayor should be subject to Council approval to prevent corruption. [Trib]
Nationally: NSA leaker Edward Snowden has fled from Hong Kong to a hideout in Moscow, Russia. He has filed a request to the Ecuadorian government for asylum. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]
-> Snowden has drawn sharp criticism from the media and politicians for appearing to seek refuge in countries known for their oppressive regimes. [Politico]
-> This week, the Supreme Court will make decisions affecting marriage, education and voting, all of which challenge the differing notions of equality. [NYTimes]
-> President Barack Obama will announce plans to combat climate change in a speech on Tuesday, including imposing greenhouse gas emissions limits on existing power stations, increasing appliance efficiency standards and promoting development of renewable energy sources. [WaPost]
Where are they?
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends the U.S. Conference of Mayors summer meeting in Las Vegas.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder interviews candidates for the police chief spot.
President Barack Obama meets with CEOs, business owners and entrepreneurs to discuss the importance of immigration reform.
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