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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - October 2, 2013
Countdown: There are 35 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 119 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 394 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 831 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Fingerpointing about the shutdown is rampant in Washington [Tribune].
  • Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz offer a plan to re-open parts of the federal government which was rejected by the Senate [Tribune].
  • Sen. Lee says he won't back down from his fight against Obamacare, but he's worried about the effects the shutdown might have on Utahns [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he will forego his paycheck while the federal government is closed [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake County Council moves to keep the WIC program running even though federal money won't be forthcoming until the government re-opens [Tribune].
  • Utah Republicans and Democrats both decry the federal shutdown [Tribune].
  • Shuttering the federal government is hitting workers in Utah [Deseret News].
  • Employees at Hill Air Force Base demonstrate against being furloughed due to the shutdown [Deseret News].
  • Utanhs seeking health insurance overwhelm the healthcare exchanges on the first day they're open [Tribune].
  • Rep. Stuart Red and Rep. Kraig Powell want to raise Utah's smoking age from 19 to 21 [Tribune].
  • The Utah GOP is nearly $100,000 in debt and is asking for financial help from the county parties [Tribune].
  • The "Count My Vote" group says about 1/4 of current state lawmakers privately support their efforts [Utah Policy].
  • SLC Police Chief Chris Burbank says an alternative immigration bill backed by U.S. House Republicans would do more harm than good [Tribune].
  • Provo City officials approve a new ordinance requiring tow companies to provide photo proof that drivers parked illegally [Fox 13].
  • Salt Lake City wins a lawsuit over who owns the land beneath Lake Martha in Big Cottonwood Canyon [Tribune].
  • The manager of the Ogden-Hinckley Airport was fired and replaced by former Senator and Ogden Police Chief John Greiner [Standard-Examiner].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Obamacare markets deserve a fair shot

Northern Utah economy braces for effects of shutdown

A rocky opening day for Obamacare health exchanges

Lawmakers: Don't gag parents on Utah Common Core testing

County Council steps in to keep WIC food flowing

Senate swats away Cruz, Lee piecemeal budget plan

Utah GOP, Dems agree: Washington is a mess

SLC Police Chief Burbank blasts alternative immigration bill

Paul Rolly: Spending problem? Utah GOP is in the red

Blame game at full throttle as government stays shuttered

Lawsuit resolved, will canyon lands change hands?

Lawmakers seek to raise Utah smoking age to 21

Chaffetz to give up paycheck during shutdown

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: What if the government shuts down and nobody notices?

Op-ed: Missing out on a huge economic opportunity

Op-ed: This budget stand off was inevitable

Op-ed: Utah could shape the Republican Party

Richard Davis: Like it or not, Obamacare is here to stay

Editorial: Shutdown ignores the larger problems

Editorial: Faulty gay marriage reasoning

A look at Utah's health care options for employers and employees

Utahns frustrated by federal government shutdown

Physicians group targets fireplaces and fuel burning stoves

Utah national parks, military workers feels bite of government shutdown

Utahns delve into new health care options available by the Affordable Care Act

Government shutdown pinches Utah families who receive WIC assistance

Hill Air Force Base employees protest government shutdown

Sen. Mike Lee not backing down from Obamacare fight despite shutdown impacts


Mayor finds Provo/Chinese connections strong during trip (Daily Herald)

Federal government shutdown: How is Utah County affected? (Daily Herald)

Federal government shutdown impacts Cache Valley (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Obamacare site goes live, with some glitches (Washington Post)

Netanyahu says nuclear-armed Iran as dangerous as '50 North Koreas' (The Hill)

House GOP to move piecemeal funding bills (The Hill)

Obama, House Republicans dig in heels on shutdown's first day (The Hill)

Government Shutdown Is Defining Moment for Boehner (Wall Street Journal)

House Republicans Are Standing Firm, but Dissent Grows (New York Times)

Government shuts down as healthcare deadlock continues (Chicago Tribune)

Shutdown to Idle US-Based Military Commissaries (Associated Press)

Government shutdown: What's the cost? (CBS News)

Google doodle celebrates Yosemite National Park as park closes thanks to government shutdown (New York Daily News)

Who's a Jew? Few American Jews say it's a matter of belief (USA Today)

Legal challenges likely to follow introduction of new Ohio lethal injection drug this week (Associated Press)

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