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May 15, 2013


Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 174 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 257 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 533 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 970 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

Attorney General John Swallow continues his media charm offensive, this time appearing on KSL’s Doug Wright Show [Deseret News].

Sen. Todd Weiler says he thinks, politically, Swallow is a “dead man walking” [Standard-Examiner].

Traci Gundersen, the former Director of the Utah Division of Consumer Protection, waited until she left her job before filing an ethics complaint against Attorney General Swallow for allegedly violating attorney-client privilege [KUTV].

A federal judge approves a “gag order” for Jeremy Johnson in his criminal trial to prevent him from making comments about the case [Tribune].

Freedom Path, a non-profit group that came to Sen. Orrin Hatch’s aid during his 2012 re-election campaign, believes they were one of the conservative groups targeted for extra scrutiny by the IRS [Tribune].

Somehow saying a candidate is aligned with FreedomWorks has become a smear in the race for Utah GOP Chairman [Tribune].

The Utah Water Development Commission want s Gov. Gary Herbert to reconsider his rejection of the Snake Valley water deal with Nevada [Tribune, Deseret News].

Sen. Orrin Hatch says high-tech companies want any immigration reform measure to include a measure to make it easier to bring in more highly skilled workers from overseas [Tribune].

Sen. Aaron Osmond says the Utah GOP should make some changes to the caucus system, not abandon it at Saturday’s convention [Deseret News].

The Utah Association of Counties plans to approach lawmakers with a couple of proposals aimed at making changes to the state’s process for referendums [Park Record].

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