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May 17, 2013


Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 173 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 256 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 532 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 969 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

Sen. Orrin Hatch wants an investigation into how the IRS leaked the applications for tax-exempt status for a number of groups to an investigative news organization. One of those applications belonged to Freedom Path, a nonprofit organization that supported his 2012 reelection bid [Tribune].

Hatch also calls for an investigation into allegations that the Obama Administration is getting around restrictions by fundraising for a non-profit organization that is helping to promote Obamacare [Tribune].

Will John Swallow make an appearance at Sat urday’s Utah GOP convention? [Standard-Examiner].

Utah Democratic Party Chairman Sen. Jim Dabakis says the Legislature needs to start their own investigation into the John Swallow mess [Tribune].

Rep. Paul Ray wants to make it harder for minors to get their hands on electronic cigarettes [Deseret News].

Bob Bernick says any changes to the nominating process adopted by Republican delegates to Saturday’s GOP convention will likely not go far enough to fix the system [Utah Policy].

Opponents say the proposed route for the West Davis Corridor extension to the Legacy Parkway is not needed and to could harm wetlands [
Tribune, Deseret News].

Utah’s charter schools are being evaluated for the first time, but critics say that’s not necessarily a good idea [Tribune].

Department of Defense furloughs due to federal budget cuts should affect more than 13,000 Utahns in July [Tribune].

The Utah Senate confirms Jon Pierpont as the head of the Department of Workforce Services [Tribune].

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Swallow and the Legislature

Editorial: The right decision: Herbert should stick to his guns

Suit: Make EPA force Utah to cut winter pollution

Hatch wants IRS probe to expand, include Freedom Path

Green activists, neighbors blast new West Davis freeway plan

Hatch calls for investigation of Obamacare funding

Thousands of Utahns face Defense Department furloughs

Utah charter schools under new performance scrutiny

Midvale's streetlight project stalls over flawed bid process

Deseret News

Matthew Sanders: Imploding trust in America's institutions

Editorial: Habits die hard

Utah lawmakers look to regulate child access to e-cigarettes

Oil, gas wells to move closer to Duchesne County homes

Health care reform about to 'get real' for Utahns

New poll shows GOP caucus attendees support changes to nomination system

2 county attorneys investigating Swallow, Utah Attorney General's office

West Davis Corridor project unveiled amid criticism

Elder Oaks promotes strengthening the free exercise of religion

Other

Heidi Toth: Squandering the public trust (Daily Herald)

RedBlue: Can Barack Obama survive scandals? (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: The gigabit community (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Don't make AG an appointment (Standard-Examiner)

UDOT releases DEIS, recommendation for Legacy extension (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden School Board faces anger over cutbacks (Standard-Examiner)

Will Swallow make appearance at the state GOP convention? (Standard-Examiner)

Hatch pushes for expanded probe into IRS actions (Standard-Examiner)

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