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Friday, October 18, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - October 18, 2013
Countdown: There are 19 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 103 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 378 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 812 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • The government shutdown was very good for Mike Lee's fundraising efforts [Tribune].
  • Lee says he will eventually be vindicated for his efforts to stop ObamaCare [Deseret News].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch slams the right-wing Heritage Foundation for becoming too "radical" and pushing for the government shutdown [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he's happy Congress was able to end the shutdown, but they need to come up with a longer-term solution [Tribune].
  • The shutdown hurt the ability of researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute to secure federal grants [Deseret News].
  • Some are worried Mia Love's campaign may be spending too much money, but her campaign manager says they're building lists for future fundraising [Utah Policy].
  • Democrat Luz Robles' fundraising totals suggest she could run a competitive race against Republican Chris Stewart [Utah Policy].
  • An Idaho Tea Party candidate who opposes Medicaid is using Mormon doctrine to defend the fact he has 10 children who are covered by Medicaid [Tribune].
  • The National Park Service says they can't reimburse Utah the money used to open the state's national parks. Rather, that will be up to Congress [Tribune].
  • The House panel investigating Attorney General John Swallow says they are pressing forward [Standard-Examiner].
  • The ACLU submits a "friend of the court" brief supporting a challenge to Utah's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage [Standard-Examiner].
  • This week the Utah Senate did not approve a judicial nominee from the governor, the first time that's happened since 2008 [Tribune].
  • Utah officials want a judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging the state's so-called "ag gag" law [Deseret News].
  • Utah residents are still having trouble signing up for ObamaCare online [Standard-Examiner].
  • Utah teachers attending the UEA convention say they are not happy with the states new school grading system [Tribune].
  • Utah state parks broke attendance records while the stat's national parks were closed during the government shutdown [KSL].
  • An atheist group says they are trying to buy billboards for their upcoming convention in Salt Lake City, but can't because companies are afraid of the LDS Church [Tribune].
  • UDOT officials are looking for ways to better meet the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists [Tribune].
  • The Sugar House streetcar line is up and running on a full test schedule [Tribune].


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Is Mia Love Spending Too Much Money?
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Republican-led shutdown gained the country nothing

Paul Rolly: Matheson helped House GOP pull a fast one

Hatch blasts Heritage Foundation for embracing 'radicalness'

Tea partier cites Mormon doctrine to defend 10 kids on Medicaid

Utah teachers like accountability, worry about new evaluations

Herbert's judicial nominee fails to get past Utah Senate

Park Service says it can't reimburse Utah for reopening parks

Atheist group says Utah billboard companies fear Mormon church

Lee sees fundraising spike during Obamacare fight

Herbert calls debt deal a first step, but big issues remain

Deseret News

Op-ed: A closer look at Generation Y

Utah wants judge to toss 'ag gag' lawsuit

Educators, administrators and lawmakers invited to work together at UEA convention

Some Utahns relieved, others reeling after federal shutdown

Utah officials laud feds' decision to back off beetle listing

Utahns still looking for help navigating federal health insurance marketplace

Sen. Lee believes he'll be proven right in taking on Obamacare

Other

Business and education leaders urge STEM education (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Addressing Utah's air quality (Standard-Examiner)

Utah residents struggle to get coverage amid overhaul computer problems (Standard-Examiner)

House panel presses on with Swallow investigation (Standard-Examiner)

Utah workers back on the job after shutdown ends (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

GOP's McConnell promises no more shutdowns over ObamaCare (The Hill)

Carney: Obama 'not happy' with ACA rollout (The Hill)

Obama: 'Americans are completely fed up with Washington' (Chicago Tribune)

DC museums, memorials welcome back visitors as government shutdown ends, take stock of losses (Washington Post)

House stenographer: Holy Spirit moved me (Politico)

Rep. C.W. 'Bill' Young Gravely Ill (National Journal)

White House: NSA director to step down next year (USA Today)

Bernie Madoff case: Who knew what? (Associated Press)

Joe Biden welcomes furloughed workers back with muffins (Los Angeles Times)

Ex-Sharpe James Deputy Likely to Become Acting Mayor in Newark (NBC News)

Ellisville lawmaker considers challenging Cochran (Associated Press)






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