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June 11, 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 11, 2013

Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 148 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 232 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 507 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 944 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

Some House Republicans say it appears Speaker Becky Lockhart is moving that body toward impeachment proceedings against Swallow [Utah Policy].

Better late than never, I guess. The Utah Senate Democrats join the chorus calling for an investigation into Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune, Deseret News].

Utah business leaders take out a full-page newspaper advertisement calling on Utah’s Congre ssional delegation to “move forward” on immigration reform [Deseret News].

Economist Natalie Gochnour warns Utah shouldn’t rest on its laurels as one of the best-managed states in the nation [Deseret News].

Census numbers say Utah has the highest rate of internet access in the entire nation [Tribune].

The Utah Transit Authority offers a limited number of free one-week passes to Utahns who pledge to help reduce air pollution by using mass transit [Tribune].

A citizen group opposed to the construction of a power plant in Sigurd vows to fight on after regulators deny their latest bid to stop the proposed facility [Tribune].

Voters in Kaysville will decide whether officials will be able to use money from the city’s power company for other city expenditures [Tribune].

The federal government finally sends $67 million in disaster relief funds to 15 states, including Utah after that money was held up by budget battles in Congress [Deseret News].

The Ogden School District says they’ve found the money to hire seven librarian/media specialists for next year. The district previously fired all 20 people h olding that position due to budget constraints [Standard-Examiner].

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Wise Words

"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity." John F. Kennedy [Quotations Page]
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No Receipts
"The IRS spent $4 million on a conference in Anaheim that included luxury hotel suites, passes to theme parks, and tickets to sporting events. They say they're not sure of the exact amount they spent because they didn't keep any receipts. I think Wesley Snipes is saying, 'Hey, what about me? I didn't have my receipts.'" –Jay Leno [Political Humor]
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