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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing
May 20, 2013


Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 170 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 253 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 529 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 966 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

Utah Republicans elect James Evans as their new party chair, reject proposed changes to the caucus system [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].

In a move that surprised no one, Mia Love officially announces she is challenging Jim Mat heson in 2014 [Deseret News].

Grandstanding? Utah Democrats want the Legislature to hold public hearings into the scandals swirling around Attorney General John Swallow and Lt. Governor Greg Bell’s office [Deseret News, ABC 4].

Utah added more than 43,000 jobs last month, dropping the unemployment rate to 4.7 percent [Tribune, Deseret News].

Sen. Orrin Hatch, referencing the current scandal surrounding the IRS, says employees of that agency are either “incompetent or evil” [Standard-Examiner].

Hatch also wants to boost penalties for those who grow marijuana on public lands [Tribune].

Ridership on the new airport Trax line remains steady [Deseret News].

A survey of low-income Utahns finds many lack access to internet or telephones [City Weekly].

Gun sales and permit applications in Utah are soaring following the Newtown massacre [Tribune].

Utah pharmacists are still unsure how they’ll respond to a federal judge’s ruling that the “morning after pill” should be available to teenagers [Tribune].

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Special prosecutor needed

Op-ed: SLCC's role in small business

Paul Rolly: Will Mia Love learn from past errors?

Editorial: Fighting the feds: Law antagonizes officers doing a job

Editorial: Drinking drivers: Lower threshold not best deterrent

Editorial: No solution: An appointed A.G. no improvement

High-risk Utahns' health insurance will shift to federal management

Confusion lingers in Utah over teen access to 'morning after pill'

In surprise to the NSA, Utah Data Center may pay tax on electricity

Utah gun sales, permits triple since Sandy Hook

Q&A: Utah teachers and guns in schools

Gun-toting Utah teachers to parents: Your kids are safe with us

Hatch has plan to attack public-lands pot farms

D.C. Notebook: Huntsman: 'Political extremism' prompts scandals

Utah GOP again rejects reforms to nomination process

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: How will these national scandals affect Utah politics?

John Florez: Involve the poor in solving poverty

Democrats call for legislative hearings into state executive scandals

Utah added 43,000 more jobs in April 2013 compared to April 2012

Utah facing $1.2 billion-dollar water pollution problem

Mia Love announces she's officially running against Matheson — again

GOP delegates reject changes to nominating system; petition drive coming next?

Airport TRAX ridership remains strong weeks after official opening

Other

Op-ed: Common Core poses 'real threat' of loss of privacy (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Common Core standards better than what Utah has now (Daily Herald)

GOP delegates keep system as is; Love announces candidacy (Daily Herald)

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

Editorial: IRS bullying disgraceful (Standard-Examiner)

W. Davis corridor dispute rages on in Farmington, Kaysville (Standard-Examiner)

Weber State shows off to Regents (Standard-Examiner)

Layton leaders reluctant to embrace voting by mail (Standard-Examiner)

Councilwoman wants to be Bountiful's first female mayor (Standard-Examiner)

County Councilman Craig Petersen announces run for Logan mayor (Logan Herald Journal)

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