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Friday, October 25, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - October 25, 2013
Countdown: There are 12 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 96 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 371 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 805 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Gov. Gary Herbert says the GOP paid a political price for the government shutdown, but Sen. Mike Lee may ultimately be proven right about Obamacare [Tribune].
  • The shutdown cost Utah $30 million in lost tourism [Deseret News].
  • Utah gets a partial refund from the feds for the unused portion of money they put up to open the national parks during the shutdown [Daily Herald].
  • Gov. Herbert orders the state to investigate the health impacts of emissions from a medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake [Tribune].
  • Herbert also wants a review of security at the state Capitol after the incident earlier this week in which a man drove a truck up the west steps [Standard-Examiner].
  • Salt Lake County officials tout their funding of a new preschool program [Deseret News].
  • Josh Romney throws his support behind one of the candidates for Mayor of Holladay [Utah Policy].
  • Documents show the owners of the Tribune are pinning the future on their digital properties [Tribune].
  • Bob Bernick worries about the future of Utah political journalism with the news that the Tribune sold their stake in a printing facility to the Deseret News [Utah Policy].
  • 3rd District Court judge Anthony Quinn is killed in an automobile/bicycle accident [KSL].
  • The Eagle Mountain City Council releases a $3.4 million bond to improve water and sewer services in that city [Daily Herald].
  • Emails show Cottonwood Heights officials offered set quotas and offered prizes to police officers for writing traffic tickets [KSL].
  • A judge reverses his decision and opts to open a mental competency hearing for convicted hearing Ron Lafferty [Tribune].
  • Ew! Ew! Ew! Part of the University of Utah's Marriott Library is temporarily shutdown after bedbugs are sited [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: A Warning Sign for Utah Journalism?
I read with amazement this past week the two newspaper stories about how the owners of The Salt Lake Tribune sold to the LDS Church/Deseret News their share in the relatively-new West Valley City presses and several downtown real estate properties....

Moderate Republicans Gear Up to Fight Hardliners in 2014
The government shutdown and fight over the debt ceiling is prompting moderate Republicans to fight back against their more hardline brethren in the 2014 elections....

Could Independent Candidates be the Way Forward in American Politics?
Instead of a third-party, maybe independent candidates will change America's political system....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Why the Sudden Urgency, Republicans?
My kids had a fight over leftover pizza the other day....

Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #165
Mike Lee's approval ratings are in the toilet, legislators are looking at limiting the use of so-called "boxcar bills" and Greg Bell moves from the Lt. Governor's office to the Utah Hospital Association....

Josh Romney Steps Into Holladay Mayoral Contest
The Holladay Mayoral race seems to be turning into a war of endorsements in the campaign's final days....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Hike of the week: North Canyon Trail--Tribune:Orange-clad families hunt Utah deer on first day of rifle season--Tribune:Banding together for hunting and conservation projects-- For thelatest wildlife news and informationand thefishing reportvisit the ...

Weekly Survey: Did the Shutdown Damage Mike Lee Politically?
How will Sen. Mike Lee's falling approval ratings affect his political future? Vote now!...

Is Turning the Corner? Not So Fast
In some ways, the Affordable Care Act seemed to catch a break last week. Republicans in Congress failed in their attempts to repeal the law or delay its implementation....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah prison panel was right to slow the relocation stampede

Council candidates vie to represent West Valley City

Gov. Herbert asks for Capitol security review after incident

Getting a jump on life, one Utah preschooler at a time

Governor orders probe of Stericycle's toxic emissions

Spring City and guns: Too much of a good thing?

Herbert: GOP took shutdown hit, but Lee may be right

Deseret News

Salt Lake County mayor, council laud public preschool expansion

Rep. Jim Matheson to speak at Taylorsville Veterans Day program

Herbert initiates investigation of Stericycle, potential contaminants near North Salt Lake plant

Government shutdown hit Utah tourism for $30M

Gov. Herbert: Lessons for Sen. Lee, other Republicans to learn from shutdown


Editorial: No need for school/faith law (Standard-Examiner)

Herbert defends Conklin nomination; worries about security (Standard-Examiner)

State schools chief rides bus with North Salt Lake kids (Standard-Examiner)

Governor calls for study of health effects, impact of Stericycle on area (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Carney dances around German tapping claims (The Hill)

Reid rules out grand bargain (The Hill)

8 states vow 3.3M zero-emission vehicles by 2025 (CBS News)

Obama Urges House Republicans to Act on Immigration (New York Times)

Case Explores Rights of Fetus Versus Mother (New York Times)

World leaders 'had their phones monitored by US spies' (Telegraph)

Soros donates big bucks, joins Ready for Hillary national finance council (Fox News)

Obama officials meet with insurance CEOs (CNNMoney)

Health insurance cancellation notices soar above Obamacare enrollment rates (Daily Caller)

Trade Gap in U.S. Little Changed as Exports, Imports Stall (Bloomberg)

Government did not test health care site as needed (USA Today)

Weekly Jobless Claims Fall to 350,000 (Reuters)

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