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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - October 1, 2013
Countdown: There are 36 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 120 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 395 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 832 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Lawmakers in Washington couldn't overcome partisan gridlock and shut down the federal government [Politico].
  • Up to 40,000 Utahns could be furloughed because of the federal shutdown [Tribune].
  • Workers at Utah's military basis won't know whether they are affected by the shutdown until they show up to work on Tuesday [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert has been calling a number of state senators to discuss who he might tap to replace outgoing Lt. Gov. Greg Bell [Utah Policy].
  • The panel studying whether to move the Utah State Prison comes up with a process to solicit bids for the project [Tribune].
  • Utah releases a second round of grades for public schools [Tribune].
  • LaVarr Webb wonders why Americans dislike Congress as a whole, but continue to support their own member of Congress [Utah Policy].
  • Some Utah lawmakers disagree with a policy put in place by the Utah Board of Education which bans parents who help vet the questions used on standardized tests from discussing their experiences [Tribune].
  • The number of Utahns without health insurance stays steady at a tick over 13% [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City officials unveil a plan to crack down on drug use and crime around Pioneer Park while helping the homeless at the same time [Tribune].
  • Whoops! West Valley City Mayoral candidate Ron Bigelow didn't know the position actually gets a vote on every issue before the city council [Tribune].
  • Operators of a medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake deny claims they violated pollution limits [Deseret News].
  • SLCC president Cynthia Bioteau is a finalist for a similar job in Florida [Tribune].
  • Developers unveil a plan for a new 24-story office building in downtown Salt Lake City [Deseret News].

Today At Utah Policy

Herbert Weighing His Options with Selection of New Lt. Governor
One of the unique powers held by state governors is appointments to dozens, if not hundreds, of boards, commissions and state courts.But perhaps there is no more personal decision than who the governor wants to be his No. 2....

Why Congress Will Still be Paid if There's a Shutdown
Even if the federal government shuts down this week, members of Congress will still get paid because it's protected by the Constitution....

Poll: Fighting Obamacare not Worth Government Shutdown
A new poll says Republicans would get blamed if the federal government shuts down this week and Congress is acting like "spoiled children."...

Republicans are Playing into Obama's Hands with Obamacare Fight
A government shutdown and debt limit brinksmanship is exactly what Barack Obama is hoping for - because Republicans are falling into his trap....

Utah's Per-Pupil Spending Fell Nearly 6% During the Great Recession
According to a new study, Utah's per-pupil spending is actually less than it was before the Great Recession....

Featured Items

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An Open Letter to Sen. Mike Lee
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Lee Feels Uncompromising Duty to Oppose Obamacare
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Mike Lee vs. Obamacare
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Don't Forget Rural Utah in Personnel and Policy Discussions
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Government shutdown would be nothing but madness

Number of uninsured Utahns remained flat in 2012

Check your Utah school: Round 2 of assessments released

Bidding process takes shape for possible relocation of prison

Salt Lake City reboots efforts surrounding homeless

Utah military bases, workers watch D.C. for shutdown cue

National Parks in Utah prepare to close gates

NSA Utah Data Center: frequently asked questions

Government to shutter as Congress remains in standoff

Shutdown could furlough 40,000 Utahns

Deseret News

Editorial: Estonian company should be allowed to extract shale oil

A look at health care options for employers and employees

Stericycle denies it violated pollution limits, setting up possible legal fight

Bipartisan panel at U. discusses national debt

Sen. Hatch expects government shutdown at midnight

Performance scores up for Utah elementary, secondary schools

What if the government shuts down and nobody notices?


Editorial: Chickens without heads (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden mayor honors 320 students for perfect attendance (Standard-Examiner)

North Salt Lake medical waste company denies pollution claims (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Rule finalizes ObamaCare 'fix' for lawmakers, staff members (The Hill)

Lights out for most, not all, in shutdown (The Hill)

Senate rejects House funding bill with shutdown in clear sight (The Hill)

Obama blames House GOP for imminent shutdown (USA Today)

Hours away from shutdown, House GOP not backing down (CBS News)

NC Republicans Vow to Fight US DOJ Over Voter Laws (Associated Press)

NBC halts Hillary Clinton miniseries; CNN scraps report on her (Los Angeles Times)

A million U.S. government workers, unions brace for shutdown (Reuters)

U.S. tries to salvage case against bin Laden's publicist (Reuters)

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