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Thursday, October 24, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - October 24, 2013
Countdown: There are 13 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 97 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 372 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 806 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • The committee tasked with studying whether Utah should move the prison wants to take more time to determine future needs for the state's corrections system before moving forward [Tribune].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart introduces a bill in Congress allowing states to run national parks during any future government shutdowns [Tribune].
  • The man who drove a truck up the steps of the Utah State Capitol may have done it to promote marijuana legalization [Deseret News].
  • The 2014 Utah Transit Authority budget contains no fare increases along with some service expansions [Tribune].
  • UTA officials approve a study to look at a possible streetcar line or bus line from downtown Ogden and Weber State University [Tribune].
  • A new report says college costs in Utah are growing faster than the national average [Tribune].
  • West Valley is launching a campaign to fill a number of vacancies on their police force [Tribune].
  • Sunset will have a new mayor next month as the incumbent is not seeking re-election [Standard-Examiner].
  • A judge refuses a request from media organizations to open a competency hearing for convicted killer Ron Lafferty [Deseret News].
  • Dan Liljenquist says Utah should keep it's caucus system for nominating candidates, but some changes are warranted to modernize the process [Deseret News].
  • The Alpine City Council is considering what to do with auto repair shops within the city limits [Daily Herald].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Medical waste incinerators should be made to prove their worth

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

Utah auditor John Dougall nixes use of taxpayer car

Effort to possibly relocate Utah's prison hits a speed bump

Utah bill would let states run fed parks during shutdown

Investigators: Man who drove up Capitol steps also grew pot

Salt Lake City launches cradle to career education initiative

UTA budget: No fare increases - and more service

Can Utah profit from its dying forests?

Study to look at streetcar or BRT in Ogden

College costs growing faster in Utah than U.S.

Deseret News

Op-ed: Bishop aims to rescue the Eisenhower Memorial

Dan Liljenquist: Keep Utah's caucus system, with a few tweaks

Editorial: USTAR's troubling audit demands better answers

Was alleged Capitol intruder's stunt a call for pot legalization?

Committee slows prison relocation talks

Utah Foundation identifies best practices for school performance in new report

Party politics 101: A look at political history of third parties in America


Editorial: Road kill buffet (Standard-Examiner)

First day of early voting in Logan attracts many (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

ObamaCare falling behind (The Hill)

Democrats downplay significance of ObamaCare website problems (The Hill)

Detroit bankruptcy on trial: 8 things to watch for (USA Today)

White House fires Twitter critic (USA Today)

Sebelius: Obama not told of problems before launch (Los Angeles Times)

Report: College costs rising less sharply, but aid down too (McClatchy)

Fail: New Obamacare Website Snag 'Dramatically Underestimates' Health Costs (Town Hall)

EU Parliament urges suspending data deal with US (Associated Press)

Polls: U.S. majority favors legalized pot; Michiganders want penalty eased (Detroit Free Press)

Health co-ops, created to foster competition and lower insurance costs, are in danger (Washington Post) Latest Victim Of Federal Acquisition Problems? (InformationWeek)

Mayors to Justice: Stop holding up AA-US Air merger (USA Today)

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Lighter Side

Abusive Boyfriend
"The government shutdown officially ended . . . . Should we be happy the government is back? I feel like my sister got back together with an abusive boyfriend or something." Jimmy Kimmel Political Humor

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