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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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!|
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|Poll: Americans Don't Like GOP Control of U.S. House|
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|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....
|Utah Broadband Project Hosts 2013 Broadband Tech Summit|
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|Lee Offers GOP a Vision for the Future|
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|Drone Makers Gather to Defend Their Much-Maligned Machines|
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|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....
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"After the shutdown debacle, the tea party's approval rating is 23 percent. In other words, it's the first time the tea party has ever been supported by a minority." Conan O'Brien Political Humor