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News roundup: Obama: Don't get me impeached over immigration

Published July 16, 2014 8:41 am

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Obama: Don't get me impeached over immigration. Shurtleff, Swallow charged. 'Sad day in Utah history.'

Happy Wednesday. 'Twas a big day in Utah politics yesterday, and we've rounded up all the news you need below. But first, an interesting story out of Washington where President Barack Obama noted to a group of immigration reform advocates that he couldn't spend all his political capital on the issue. "You're not going to get me impeached, are you?" Obama said, according to people in the room. "Because there's lots of other things I want to do besides immigration." [Politico]

Topping the news: Former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow face more than 20 felonies between them and could see some 30 years in prison if convicted. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [KSL] [Fox13] [UtahPolicy] [WaPost] [WSJ] [LATimes]

-> Utah leaders called it a sad day in Utah's history. [Trib] [DNews] [StandEx] [KUTV] [Fox13]

-> After Shurtleff was released from the Salt Lake County Jail, he attacked SL District Attorney Sim Gill for starting a "witch hunt" against him. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy] [KUTV] [KSL]

-> Shurtleff's charges connect him to a shady deal with the Bank of America. [Trib] Check out each specific charge in the case outlined here. [Trib]

-> Despite the arrests of Swallow and Shurtleff, authorities say more arrests may be coming for others involved in the political scandal. [Trib]

-> Here's a timeline of all of the events leading to the arrest of the two former attorneys general. [DNews]

-> Federal investigators with the Department of Justice were trash talked for dropping the case against Swallow and Shurtleff. [Trib] [KUTV]

-> Political analysts call the attorney general scandal the biggest of all of Utah's political infamy. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly looks into the Democrat whom Shurtleff defeated in the 2000 attorney general election, who is now a church leader in the new Ogden Temple. [Trib]

-> The Tribune's editorial on the arrests argues "the gears of justice sometimes grind slowly." [Trib]

-> Take a look at these photos of Shurtleff over the years. [Trib] And here's Swallow's transformation in pictures too. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @Bill_Frost: "Are you a former Utah AG facing multiple criminal charges? Better call Saul!"

-> From @gopTODD: "I disagree. This is NOT a sad day for Utah. It would only have been sad if we didn't hold our public officials accountable."

Happy Birthday: To state Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville, Utah Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon and Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen.

Congratulations: To House District 51 candidate Kyle Waters and his wife, Jenn, on their four year wedding anniversary.

In other news: The West Valley City Council voted 4-2 to disband the Civil Service Commission in the midst of the investigation of indicted police Officer Shaun Cowley. [Trib]

-> The Salt Lake City Council is responding to a pending lawsuit regarding parking at the new kiosks by updating its ordinance. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> The council also plans to increase golf fees by $1 to address the current deficit in a one-year pilot program. [Trib]

-> 3rd District candidate Brian Wonnacott isn't raising much money in his bid to unseat Rep. Jason Chaffetz because he doesn't want to spend other people's money. [UtahPolicy]

-> House Speaker Becky Lockhart wins the money race in the House with more than a $100,000 in the bank between her campaign and PAC funds. [UtahPolicy]

Nationally: The House passed a bill designating $10.8 billion for federal highway repairs — a move that also postpones any long-term action on the Highway Trust Fund. [WSJ] [Politico]

-> Dick Cheney does not want to impeach President Barack Obama, unlike other GOP members, saying, "at this point, pushing for impeachment isn't productive." [Politico]

-> Attorney General Eric Holder wants Congress to improve voting rights with new legislation. [WaPost]

-> The Pentagon will resume testing the F-35 fighter, but the jets will not show up in the Farnborough International Airshow. [Trib] [NYTimes] [WSJ]

-> Obama may be striking out with Republicans on immigration, but he won't be allowed to go bowling for a strike. A Pennsylvania congressman is working on a bill that would disallow any federal funding to be designated to renovate the White House bowling alley. [WaPost]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, attends an Oversight hearing on the Office of Political Affairs, participates in a RSC meeting and speaks with an Emery County commissioner.

Rep. Chris Stewart goes to a Republican Study Committee meeting, talks with House Speaker John Boehner and freshman members of Congress and ends his day with a telephone town hall meeting.

Gov. Gary Herbert attends a Net Zero event at the Draper National Guard Headquarters and holds State Board of Education interviews.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox participates in an interim day at the State Legislature.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams speaks at a SL Co. Criminal Justice Service event and goes to the Big Cottonwood Canyon annual party.

President Barack Obama meets with his State, Local and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience, talks with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and speaks with House Democrats.

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— Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/CourtneyLTanner