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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - October 23, 2013
Countdown: There are 14 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 98 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 373 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 807 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Utah Republicans are mulling some changes to the way they nominate candidates, but organizers of the "Count My Vote" initiative say it's too little, too late [Tribune].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says fellow Sen. Mike Lee needs to "rehabilitate" his image with Utah voters [Deseret News].
  • Bob Bernick says Lee has plenty of time to fix his standing in Utah [Utah Policy].
  • A Layton man was subdued by officers after driving a truck up the west entrance of the Utah State Capitol then trying to force his way into the old Supreme Court chambers [Tribune].
  • Early voting is underway in Utah's municipal elections [Deseret News].
  • Retiring Park City Mayor Dana Williams says his successor should get a big raise [Park Record].
  • The candidates to replace Mike Winder as West Valley City Mayor are both highlighting their experience in that race [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County's economy is still growing, but not as rapidly as before [Tribune].
  • Utah health insurers see opportunity in the troubled ObamaCare rollout [Tribune].
  • There are some weird coincidences involving Utah Attorney General John Swallow and U.S. Attorney Brent Ward [City Weekly].
  • Utah officials are pushing for college students to finish their degrees by taking at least 15 credit hours every term [Tribune].
  • The operator of a medical incinerator in North Salt Lake is considering moving the facility out of that city in the face of growing public pressure [Tribune].
  • Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is slated to host a weekly show about politics on Sirius XM radio [Tribune].
  • A Utah Department of Health study says e-cigarette use by youth in Weber and Morgan Counties is skyrocketing [Standard-Examiner].
  • UDOT is looking for thieves who stole copper out of junction boxes along I-15 earlier this year [KSL].
  • Political columnist George Will speaks at BYU [Deseret News].
  • Plans for the house Mitt Romney is building in Holladay feature a secret room behind a bookshelf [Tribune].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah adoption law wrongly discriminates against fathers

Paul Rolly: Utah lawmakers chase phantom wolves while raccoons thrive

West Valley foes seek to be stabilizing influences

The hidden room inside Romney's new Utah house

Utah insurers try to capitalize as federal exchange sputters

Utahns in Congress reaffirm plans to give pay to charities

Mayor: Stericycle exploring move out of Utah's North Salt Lake

Utah GOP may tweak caucuses, but reformers say it's too late

Not-so-great expectations for Salt Lake County's economy

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Today's Congress could learn lessons from Tom Foley

Editorial: Ogden needs to fight gangs in more effective ways

Early voting opens for municipal elections with few but important ballot issues

Why George Will left ABC for Fox News

New streetcar bringing optimism for Sugar House's economic future

Principals request alternative grading system for Utah's alternative high schools

At BYU, George Will decries 'decadent democracy,' worries with LDS about religious liberty

Hatch says Lee, other tea party Republicans need to be 'rehabilitated'


'War on Coal' hits Utah: IPA switching to natural gas (Daily Herald)

NSL mayor says Stericycle plans to move (Standard-Examiner)

Mayor, in honor, 'personifies the very spirit of the Park City lifestyle' (Park Record)

Park City mayor, retiring, argues for big raise for successor (Park Record)

National Headlines

5 Obamacare questions Kathleen Sebelius won't answer (Politico)

Health insurance exchange launched despite signs of serious problems (Washington Post)

Obamacare blame game heats up (Politico)

Obamacare Crashes Months in Coming Not Easily Repaired (Bloomberg)

Del.'s 1st Obamacare enrollee earns trip to White House (USA Today)

Alan Grayson likens tea party to KKK (Politico)

NJ Gov. Chris Christie drops gay marriage appeal, allowing same-sex unions permanently (Associated Press)

Americans skeptical of leaders, economy after budget standoff: polls (Reuters)

U.S. Capitol Dome set to undergo renovations (CBS News)

Young's widow to Charlie Crist: Stay away from funeral (USA Today)

Jason Furman: Shutdown a 'self-inflicted wound' (Politico)

Alan Greenspan: What Went Wrong (Wall Street Journal)

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