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June 05, 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 05, 2013

Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 154 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 237 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 513 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 950 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

Rep. Lee Perry says the John Swallow saga demonstrates the need for the state to have a method for recalling elected officials, and he plans to propose a constitutional amendment to make that change [Tribune].

House Republicans are breaking along two lines in discussions about whether to impeach Swallow [Utah Policy].

The conservative Sutherland Institute calls on Swallow to resign [Deseret News].

Swallow’s spokesperson Paul Murphy gets into a Twitter fight with conservative blogger and former legislator Holly Richardson. During the tiff, he accidentally uses the state’s Amber Alert Twitter account [Tribune].

A group proposing an alternative path to the primary ballot plans to poll Utahns about their feelings toward the current caucus system. Meanwhile, the Utah GOP is working on an alternative program to counter the organization’s efforts [Deseret News].

The Salt Lake County Council approves a “mutual commitment registry” to allow people in a variety of non-traditional relationships some access to their partner’s benefits [Tribune, Deseret News].

A judge orders gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian to give up his firearms after domestic violence charges are filed against him by his ex-wife [Tribune].

Former legislator and state budget director Ron Bigelow announces his candidacy for West Valley City Mayor [Tribune].

The Salt Lake City School Board approves a $3.6 million property tax hike [Deseret News].

There is an effort to move the Hoberman Arch, made famous by the 2002 Olympics, from the University of Utah to Main Street in Park City [Park Record].

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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Prison policy: No excuse for tear gas incident

UTOPIA exec says bailing on money-losing network not right course

Kennecott: Buyout response means no additional layoffs after all

Utah adoption law provision discriminates against men, attorney claims

Paul Rolly: Swallow's spokesman, conservative blogger get into Twitter tiff

Former Utah budget director running for West Valley City mayor

Swallow saga amps up push for a recall provision

Salt Lake County creates registry for variety of family relationships

Gun lobbyist Aposhian ordered to give up firearms

Deseret News

Op-ed: We need to keep fair elections in Utah

Richard Davis: Our Fourth Amendment rights are under attack

Editorial: Prison incentives, costs of warehousing federal prisoners becomes increasingly higher

Poll: Herbert behind Leavitt, Huntsman in popularity; Utahns rank gov't openness, ethics, top priority

Judge orders Utah gun lobbyist, instructor to surrender firearms

Kennecott Utah Copper avoids more layoffs — for now — after massive April landslide

Backers of initiative to alter political nomination system to poll Utahns

SLC school board approves property tax increase

Women have a growing presence in global business

Salt Lake City Council considers tax hike to support suffering infrastructure

Salt Lake County Council passes ordinance creating mutual commitment registry

Sutherland Institute calls for Utah A.G. John Swallow to resign


Provo council spars over possible tax increase, executive role (Daily Herald)

Mail-in election on libraries, pools affects future of Weber County (Standard-Examiner)

UVU projected growth would make it largest Utah school within 10 years (Logan Herald Journal)

Latest candidate drops out of Logan mayoral race, instead endorses Olson (Logan Herald Journal)

North Logan mayor will not seek re-election (Logan Herald Journal)

Summit County municipal elections preview (Park Record)

Tim Henney, trails and open space advocate, seeks City Council spot (Park Record)

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