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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - October 22, 2013
Countdown: There are 15 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 99 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 374 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 808 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • State Auditor John Dougall is the only member of Utah's executive branch who is not using a taxpayer-funded car from the state motor fleet [Tribune].
  • The Utah GOP sets November 7 as the date delegates will select a replacement for Rep. Spencer Cox's replacement [Tribune].
  • Utah's Congressional delegation says they will follow through on their promise to donate all or part of their salaries during the government shutdown, but details are scarce [Tribune].
  • 1st Congressional District candidate Donna McAleer slams Rep. Rob Bishop for his role in the government shutdown [Park Record].
  • There's no guarantee Utah will get back the nearly $2 million the state gave the federal government in order to re-open national parks [Deseret News].
  • Legislators are working to curb the growing use of "boxcar bills" on Utah's Capitol Hill [Utah Policy].
  • The Tribune throws some shade on Sen. Todd Weiler's proposal to protect the "religious freedom" of students in Utah's public schools [Tribune].
  • Former Lt. Governor Greg Bell's move to the Utah Hospital Assocation raises some eyebrows on the Tribune editorial board [Tribune].
  • Merit Medical is grappling with higher medical device manufacturing taxes under ObamaCare [Deseret News].
  • Utah's lawyers are defending the state's ban on same-sex marriage by arguing "traditional marriage" is better for families [Deseret News].
  • A battle over a permit to run a home-based auto repair business in North Ogden heats up over a letter from those opposed asking that there be no public hearing on the issue [Standard-Examiner].
  • Plain City's Mayor Jay Jenkins is running for a seat on the city council and not another term in his current office [Standard-Examiner].
  • Business owners in Sugarhouse are hopeful the new streetcar lines will boost the economy in that area [KSL].
  • Boring but important: The Salt Lake Tribune sells its interest in a West Valley printing plant to the Deseret News. The Deseret News also gains control of the joint operating company, MediaOne, that the two papers own [Tribune].


Today At Utah Policy

Lawmakers Mull Fixes to Growing Number of 'Boxcar' Bills
While the practice has been growing in frequency for some time, it's mainly over the last five years that "boxcar" bills have become a concern in the Utah Legislature.A solution?Only allow Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to introduce bills that have...

Website Helps You Create Your Own Tea Party Insults!
This is fun! A new website helps you generate Tea Party themed insults.The Tea Party insult generator takes actual comments posted to House Speaker John Boehner's wall, tears them apart and puts them back together for some right-wing hilarity.Some of my favorite results:"Cav...

Poll: Americans Don't Like GOP Control of U.S. House
Most Americans say GOP control of the House of Representatives is a bad thing for the country.A new CNN/ORC International survey says 54% say it's bad that the GOP runs the lower house of Congress, while 63% say John Boehner should no longer be Speaker.Only 38% think having ...

How the UTA Flipped Public Opinion on Public Transit
The Atlantic looks at how the Utah Transit Authority was able to sway public opinion and turn public transit into a popular alternative.The article highlights the unorthodox strategy employed by UTA - targeting people who don't use public transit as a way to move the needle....

Featured Items

Utah Broadband Project Hosts 2013 Broadband Tech Summit
The Utah Broadband Project and the Governor's Office of Economic Development will be hosting the 2013 Broadband Tech Summit onOctober 24, 2013at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah.Broadband infrastructure is a vital component in GOED's information technology an...

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright to Give Free Public Lecture in Salt Lake City
The eighth annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series: In Praise of Independent Journalism featuring Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State, will take placeSaturday, November 2, 2013, at Rowland Hall, 720 South Guardsman Way. Secretary Albright wi...

Lee Offers GOP a Vision for the Future
National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez says Republicans should listen to Sen. Mike Lee and carefully consider his vision for the future of the conservative movement....

Drone Makers Gather to Defend Their Much-Maligned Machines
"I have some d-word difficulty," said Michael Toscano, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade group for makers and enthusiasts of robots of air, land and sea.The d-word, of course, is drones."Just when I say that word, 2018dr...

Stewart Accuses EPA of 'Unprecedented' Power Grab
Rep. Chris Stewart raises the alarm over a new rule that would dramatically expand the Environmental Protection Agency's authority over streams, wetlands, and other bodies under the Clean Water Act....

UtahPolicy.com/KSL Insider Poll: Was Loaning the Feds Money to Open Utah's National Parks a Good Move?
Utah loaned money to the federal government in order to open the state's national parks during the government shutdown. Our "political insiders" and readers weigh in on whether that was a good decision.Do you think it was a good decision for Utah to loan money to the federal...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah needs no new law to protect students' religious liberty

Editorial: Greg Bell's trip through the revolving door

Utah's Carbon Power Plant heads for early retirement

Paul Rolly: Dream ticket for 2016? Maybe Clinton-Huntsman

City Council will get a new face from District 1

Republicans to pick Cox's replacement on Nov. 7

Utahns in Congress reaffirm plans to give pay to charities

Deseret News

Editorial: Sebelius should testify now

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: How will the government shutdown affect Utah politics?

Utah defends marriage law against challenge, saying it promotes better parenting

Utah medical device company figuring out ways to make Affordable Care Act work

Doug Robinson: Champion of the community college

Doug Robinson: Raised on the US Constitution, Utah woman now helping other countries write their own

No guarantee Utah will get back all money spent to reopen national parks

At BYU, Baptist says Mormons and evangelicals 'may go to jail together'

Ogden man bypasses Affordable Care Act website bug

Other

Donna McAleer: What sort of mission is Rob Bishop on? (Park Record)

Early voting set to begin for city elections (Daily Herald)

Editorial: The GOP's dark force Senate (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmaker's bill may add $400 million to Utah schools, but at what expense? (Standard-Examiner)

Audit puts USTAR funds at risk (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Obama: 'The Affordable Care Act is not just a website' (NBC News)

The politics of Chris Christie's gay marriage move (Politico)

Rep. Griffin of Ark. passes on running for third term (USA Today)

Justices to rule on 'mental retardation' in death case (USA Today)

Dick Cheney opens up about facing death from a failing heart (Today Books)

Idle youth: 15 percent of US young people out of school, work (Associated Press)

Hints BART, unions in touch about resuming talks (San Francisco Chronicle)

Poll: 63% of Americans want Boehner out as speaker (USA Today)

Chamber Says It Will Vet Candidates on Fiscal Pragmatism (Bloomberg)

New Book Claims Robert Kennedy stole John F. Kennedy's Brain After Assassination (Parade)

Awaiting Data, Markets Show Little Change (Associated Press)

New air pollution study raises concerns about diesel (CNBC)






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