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Thursday, October 10, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - October 10, 2013
Countdown: There are 27 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 111 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 386 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 820 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • A BYU Poll shows 57% of Utahns say Sen. Mike Lee should compromise more on resolving the shutdown. The same poll gives Lee a negative unfavorable rating among Utahns [Utah Data Points].
  • State Senator Steve Urquhart plans to defy the shutdown and enter Zion National Park on Sunday [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jim Matheson meets with President Obama to discuss the shutdown [Tribune].
  • Springdale's mayor pens an op-ed saying the shutdown is damaging his community [Tribune].
  • If the government shutdown drags on much longer, it could have a big impact on Salt Lake County's budget and the services they offer [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert calls Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and offers to loan the feds money to re-open Utah's national parks [Deseret News].
  • Business is booming at Utah's state parks because national parks are closed due to the shutdown [KUTV].
  • Despite the shutdown, the U.S. Capitol gyms remain open [Tribune].
  • Utah jobless claims jump more than 300% since the shutdown [Tribune].
  • Utah County politicos are thrilled by Gov. Herbert's choice of Spencer Cox to replace Greg Bell as Lt. Governor [Daily Herald].
  • The selection of Cox as Lt. Governor hasn't shed any light on whether Herbert plans to run for another term in 2016 [Deseret News].
  • Could the selection of Cox herald the return of Carl Wimmer to Utah's Capitol Hill? [Utah Policy]
  • The committee examining the feasibility of moving the prison picks a Florida firm to consult on the decision [Tribune].
  • The UTA is making more moves toward eliminating cash payments for mass transit fares [Standard-Examiner].
  • The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a case involving oil and gas leases in the Unitah Basin [Fox 13].
  • Gov. Herbert holds a statewide "faculty meeting" to discuss the state's public education system [Deseret News].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah public lands effort should include all Americans

Op-ed: Shutdown hurts Springdale and damages world view of U.S.

Editorial: Adams is the practical choice for SLC District 7

Editorial: Incumbent Penfold gets the nod in Council District 3

Cockroaches, zombies, dog poop more popular than Congress

County services suffer if shutdown drags on

Anti-NSA group adopts highway to get close to Utah Data Center

Utah Guard says it is not spending $47K on mechanical bulls

Government closed, but Capitol gyms remain open

Utah families' UEA weekend trips threatened by shutdown

Matheson meets with Obama as shutdown continues

Most Utahns disapprove of Sen. Mike Lee, want him to compromise

Utah jobless claims spike with federal shutdown

Answers to Utah's Affordable Care Act questions

State senator gathering group to defy fed shutdown, enter Zion NP

Deseret News

Editorial: Cleansing Pioneer Park of drug activity makes sense

Group to protest NSA data facility by removing roadside trash

Utah inspector general recoups $25M for Medicaid

Gov. Herbert's re-election plans still unclear after lieutenant governor pick

Gov. Herbert willing to loan feds money to open national parks

Gov. Herbert expresses gratitude, calls for collaboration at education summit

BYU poll: Attorney General John Swallow should resign and Sen. Mike Lee should compromise

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Utah County politicians are fans of Herbert's choice for Lt. Gov (Daily Herald)

Provo seeing new home construction growth (Daily Herald)

Environmentalist rips county commission for double talk on West Davis Highway (Standard-Examiner)

Governor, state education leaders discuss goals, teamwork (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Republicans shrug off debt ceiling as economic organizations plea for swift resolution (New York Daily News)

Government shutdown: Lawmakers see 'glimmer' of hope to ending stalemate (Chicago Tribune)

Congress, White House all over the map on fiscal crisis solution (Fox News)

Shutdown means no new beer from craft brewers (Associated Press)

Kochs Deny Pushing for Shutdown Over Health Law (New York Times)

Grand Canyon cites people for entering closed park (Associated Press)

Senate chaplain: 'Enough is enough,' reinstate military benefits (NBC News)

House Democrats arrested at immigration rally. Why? (Christian Science Monitor)

ACLU challenges abortion-related restrictions in new state budget (Toledo Blade)

Disgraced ex-mayor awaits punishment (USA Today)

Christie on potential White House bid: 'I can walk and chew gum at the same time' (Associated Press)

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"President Obama had an hour-long meeting with Republicans and Democrats, but they were still unable to end the government shutdown situation. So don't worry while the shutdown is putting people out of work and costing taxpayers millions of dollars, lawmakers did spend a whole hour trying to fix it." Jimmy Fallon Political Humor

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