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June 13, 2013

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Bob Bernick Named one of Utah's Best Political Reporters
The Washington Post is out with their list of best "state based political reporters" and Utah Policy's Bob Bernick makes the Utah list. Congrats, Bob!
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June 13, 2013


Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 146 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 230 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 505 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 942 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

Attorney General John Swallow comes out swinging against his critics saying he did nothing wrong and will not resign [Tribune, Daily Herald, Fox 13].

While he was working as former Attorney General Mark Shurleff’s top fundraiser, Swallow apparently helped broker a plea deal for convicted fraudster Marc Sessions Jenson [Deseret News].

The board that will decide whether to move the Utah State Prison wants to see the financial data that led state officials to conclude moving the facility is a good idea [Tribune, Deseret News].

New Census numbers show Utah’s minority population grew twice as fast as the state’s white residents between 2011 and 2012 [Tribune].

Utah officials say immigration reform will bring a “breathtaking” number of illegals from out of the shadows in Utah [Tribune].

Sen. Orrin Hatch worries Senate Democrats may renege on their promise to work with him on immigration reform [Tribune].

The Count My Vote group that’s pushing for an alternative path to Utah’s primary ballot is launching a poll to find out what kinds of changes to the nominating system Utahns would be interested in [Utah Policy].

A report says Utah is way behind their goal of having 66% of the population with college degrees by the year 2020 [Tribune].

An Orem Councilman says that city needs to use “God’s economic principles” when adopting a budget which includes rejecting programs that rely on federal funding [Daily Herald].

Bill Nighswonger, head of the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City, steps down from that post for what he describes as “personal reasons’ [Tribune].
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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Fewer secrets: Lee’s bill has the right idea

Record number of Utah inmates graduate high school

Hatch warns Dems not to ‘stiff’ him on immigration

Peg McEntee: R-r-r-rough roads show we need higher t-t-t-taxes

Utah A.G. John Swallow: I did nothing wrong and won’t resign

Utah’s Air Quality Board endorses EPA’s clean-car plan as a smog solution

Immigration reform would trigger ‘breathtaking’ surge from the shadows, Utah leaders say

Utahns protest NSA and PRISM, demand data be kept private

Board considering moving Utah prison wants to see financial data

Utah to decide whether to go greener in energy production

Immigrant youths stage nightly SLC vigil for legal reform

Taylorsville approves a property tax increase

Utah leaders fear new EPA smog rules

Deseret News

Op-ed: Common Core an assault on liberties

Dan Liljenquist: U.S. health care system still has much to admire

Editorial: Americans and budgets

Nearly 400 new U.S. citizens take oath in Utah

Utah slammed for lax cockfighting law

Provo considering 2% property tax hike to maintain roads

Utah leaders push for quick immigration reform

New prison relocation effort begins with a question: Does a move make sense?

Protesters say outrage over NSA data collecting is growing, polls say otherwise

Did AG John Swallow play a role in accused scammer's plea deal?

Other

Heidi Toth: Perfection is killing the American experiment (Daily Herald)

Councilman: Orem needs to use God's economics in budget (Daily Herald)

Hits & Misses (City Weekly)

Editorial: Delisting wolves a smart move (Standard-Examiner)

Hundreds protest W. Davis highway proposal in Farmington (Standard-Examiner)

Committee studying vehicle impacts on area air quality (Standard-Examiner)

U.S. House OKs bill for helping Fruit Heights cemetery proposal (Standard-Examiner)

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Wise Words

Gratitude
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." Cicero [Quotations Page]
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Lighter Side

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"IRS executive Lois Lerner has refused to quit and will collect her full pay and benefits while on administrative leave. They asked her to resign. She refused to go. Where in the real world does that ever happen? You get fired and you tell your boss, 'I'm going to stay, and I want my money.' And you wonder why we're $16 trillion in debt." –Jay Leno [Political Humor]
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