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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Alty News: Wikileaks' Bounty on Trade Docs; NSA Powers Expired But Not Gone Entirely

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Wikileaks offers a $100,000 bounty for leaked documents of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Top of the Alty World

"WikiLeaks Launches Campaign to Offer $100,000 "Bounty" for Leaked Drafts of Secret TPP Chapters"—Democracy Now!

A Supreme Court decision has made it harder to prove that online threats are in fact threats.—Wired

NSA surveillance program powers expired but likely won't be gone for long.—Rolling Stone

While studies show low-income people do better when they live in more affluent neighborhoods, most wealthy residents resist having affordable housing in their communities. A few states are trying to circumvent that resistance.—The Atlantic

Top of Alty Utah

A group has filed complaints in three states against Utah lawmaker Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, for misusing taxpayer dollars to benefit himself and his family.—Utah Political Capitol

A poll shows Rep. Mia Love, R-UT, could be vulnerable in her reelection.—Utah Policy

Salt Lake City is switching to a vote-by-mail system for this year's election but one candidate worries the new system might be confusing to voters.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Salt Lake City Mayoral candidate Jackie Biskupski talks about housing and homeless issues.—Utah Poverty News


Utah Politico Hub runs down the weekend news and notices the disparity in coverage of scandals when it comes to the complaint against Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, and the embezzlement scandal involving Rep. Justin Miller, D-Salt Lake City.

At least the story ran parallel to the story about Rep. Justin Miller’s alleged theft of $30,000 in campaign funds. Oh god. This isn’t even fun anymore. I’m sorry. I promise this will be the last time I reference a non-story in which a lawmaker is alleged to have committed a felony and everyone in the press except the local weekly runs to ground because I don’t know the hell why, but who cares, right? Not me. There’s just no way I’m going to even bother to continue commenting on an issue in which someone, let’s just say a county mayor, knows about something as mind-blowing as $30,000 in missing campaign funds thanks to a House candidate shortly before an election but didn’t let the public know what was going on so that they could have a fair chance to vote their conscience. I’m definitely done thinking that the calls by Rep. Ivory King to let criminal investigations run their course in the political arena are a little self serving. Happy Monday!—Utah Politico Hub

The Long View

Pride parade participants like Sean Dahl of "Mormons Building Bridges" tell the stories of their first march in the gay pride parade.

In June 2012, I participated in a grass-roots organization called "Mormons Building Bridges," thanks to a newspaper article about Mitch Mayne, an openly gay man who was then serving in his LDS ward bishopric. The group was spearheaded by a woman named Erika Munson and consisted of mostly active LDS Church members who supported their gay brothers and sisters. The highlight of this experience was when my daughter and I were walking the parade route, and she pointed out a crying man who looked like one of my best friends. It was, in fact, my friend Craig (and his partner, Wes) who had only come to terms with his own sexuality a couple of years earlier. I moved over to Craig when he saw me. We embraced. It was one of the most powerful, loving embraces I have ever experienced. Along the entire parade route were men and women in tears, my brothers and sisters who have spent much of their life either hiding their true identity or, in many cases, being abused (emotionally, if not physically) for who they are. It was truly moving to see people come together, not separate into groups of "us" and "them." To this day, that experience remains one of the most spiritual experiences that I have ever had, bar none.—Salt Lake City Weekly

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