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News roundup: GOP favors Supreme Court; Democrats’ faith declining

First Published Jul 14 2014 06:25AM      Last Updated Jul 14 2014 07:05 am

Poll: GOP favors Supreme Court; Dems lost faith. Herbert new NGA VP. Mormons no fan of Obama.

Happy Monday. Republicans gave the Supreme Court a 30 percent approval rating last year, but handed the Hobby Lobby case and others, the GOP's approval rating of the court is now above 51 percent. Meanwhile, Democratic support for the high court dropped significantly, showing, again, that political impressions matter a lot. [

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Topping the news:

Gov. Gary Herbert is the new vice chairman of the National Governor's Association. [

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-> Muslims rate President Barack Obama the best, and Mormons rate the president the worst, according to a new poll. [

Trib

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Tweet of the day:

From @

neiltyson

: "64 games, 32 countries, 1 month of distraction from the workday. I wonder how much the world's GDP drops during the World Cup"

Happy Birthday:

To state Rep. Keith Grover, R-Provo.

Our Condolences:

Jamie Hartley, a Utah delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, passed away last week. Jamie suffered from a rare, and incredibly painful, skin disorder, that she handled with unimaginable grace and positivity. Our thoughts are with her family, particularly her husband, Taylor. To learn more about Jamie, you can read our profile. [

Trib

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Opinion section:

Take a look at cartoonist Pat Bagley's cartoon on the LDS Church's reaction to rumor of Mitt Romney running for president in 2016. [

Trib

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-> Bagley also depicts growing hostility in Israel with his cartoon featuring militants packed like sardines in the Gaza Strip. [

Trib

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-> George Pyle urges people not to reach for "the evil button," even with people who are opposed to gay rights. [

Trib

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-> Thomas Burr examines Utah's past in polygamy as the state moves forward in its attempt to appeal same-sex marriage through the Supreme Court. [

Trib

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-> Paul Rolly compares "Animal Farm" to the controlling tea party tactics that took place when the South Jordan City Council banned one of its councilmen from a meeting on the future of Mulligans. [

Trib

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-> Ed Blake, executive director of Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity, says neighbors should look out for one another and protect their homes and community. [

Trib

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-> David Folland with the Citizens Climate Lobby in Salt Lake City argues a market-based plan could solve unhealthy climate issues in the state. [

Trib

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-> Brian Moench, president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, says the Silver Eagle refinery dismissed health concerns after a fire broke out, but elementary school students nearby experienced respiratory problems as a result. [

Trib

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-> Uintah County commissioners Mike McKee, Mark Raymond and Darlene Burns drafted an agreement to protect the penstemon flowers that they say is more effective than the Endangered Species Act. [

Trib

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-> Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, president of the Utah Education Association, addresses misconceptions about Utah public teachers. [

Trib

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-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli discuss Gov. Gary Herbert and his plan to run for office again. [

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-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says presidential polls should be taken as a snapshot in time. [

DNews

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Weekend in review:

The 10th Circuit Court ruled that its stay granted to Utah on same-sex marriage is only valid until July 21 and the state must appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court for more time; this means Utah couples will receive full benefits, including taxes and adoptions. [

Trib

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DNews

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KUTV

] But the Supreme Court can choose not to hear the case, among other options. [

Trib

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-> The West Valley City Civil Service Commission may disband in the middle of arraigned policer Officer Shaun Cowley's case. [

Trib

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-> The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will not be able to remove as many wild horses from Utah as it anticipated. [

Trib

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-> The Utah State Fairpark grounds require $33 million from the state for repairs and maintenance, according to a new audit. [

DNews

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-> Get to know Herbert's chief of staff Justin Harding. [

DNews

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-> A majority of school superintendents nationwide, including Utah, feel Common Core standards would benefit education. [

DNews

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-> Forty-nine immigrants in Salt Lake City took the oath of citizenship. [

Trib

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-> The Governor's Office of Economic Development is granting tax credits to eight film companies, including one movie about Bigfoot and Nazis, that will shoot in Utah because they bring millions of dollars in revenue to the state. [

Trib

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KUTV

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-> Staff at the Salt Lake City Library are partnering with the Volunteers of America to help the homeless. [

Trib

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-> The Pleasant View City Council fired its police chief without providing an explanation. [

StandEx

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-> Ogden city officials may opt for stricter panhandling restrictions. [

KUTV

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Nationally:

Attorney General Eric Holder said the crisis in Syria is "more frightening than anything I think I've seen as attorney general," and is cause for "extreme concern." [

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WSJ

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Politico

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-> Democrats may end up on the losing side of immigration, despite initial notions that Republicans would be caught in a catch-22 if they did not support reform at the border. Analysts say it is because President Barack Obama has chosen not to fully engage in the issue. [

WaPost

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-> Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years, has finished therapy and will return to the Army as a soldier. [

NYTimes

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