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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - October 29, 2013
Countdown: There are 7 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 90 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 371 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 798 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • A group of Utah conservatives will join others in Washington, D.C. to press Congress for comprehensive immigration reform [Tribune].
  • Editorial: The stubbornness of Utah's GOP is exactly why the "Count My Vote" initiative needs to succeed [Tribune].
  • Early voting is underway [Tribune].
  • A group of residents are trying to stop the proposed $495 million bond by the Jordan School District [Deseret News].
  • The Utah Pride Center lays off two employees and cuts programs due to budget problems [Q Salt Lake].
  • Sen. Daniel Thatcher wants to create a statewide hotline to alert officials if a student's life is in danger [Daily Herald].
  • The Utah housing market continues to improve as prices and the number of sales are on the rise [Tribune].
  • The ex-wife of gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian continues to ask a judge for a protective order against her ex-husband [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City could ban parking on the street during snow storms to better facilitate snow removal [KSL].
  • Lew Cramer, head of the World Trade Center Utah, is stepping down to take a job in the private sector [Deseret News].
  • What do the changes to Salt Lake City's two daily newspapers mean for news consumers? [Utah Policy]
  • Weber State University wins a $2.5 million grant to double the capacity of two healthcare related programs [Standard-Examiner].
  • The Utah Jazz learn wearing blackface is not okay...ever [Deadspin].


Today At Utah Policy

What Does the Future Hold for Salt Lake City's Newspapers?
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Utah Has Not Nominated a Woman for Governor in 89 Years
Utah is one of 10 states that has not had a major-party female nominee for governor since 1924....

Two Utah Counties Among the Best for High-Tech Jobs
A new study ranks Utah and Davis Counties in the top-10 nationally for tech jobs....

How Online Exchanges Lead to Real World Violence in Chicago
Wired.com has a must read about how social media is fueling gang warfare in Chicago....

Why Conservatives Get Fired Up Online
Turns out there's scientific proof that conservatives are more reactionary online than liberals....

Featured Items

C-PACE Financing Opens the Door to Clean Energy, More Efficiency for Utah's Commercial Property Owners
Earlier this year the Utah Legislature passed and Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill enabling business owners to utilize a financing mechanism that will help cut energy costs through efficiency and renewable energy upgrades and water conservation projects....

Chaffetz Fires Back at Sebelius
Rep. Jason Chaffetz responds to the attempt by HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius to blame the GOP for the hilariously inept Obamacare rollout....

Study: Fact-Checking Makes Politicians More Honest
Does the threat of a media watchdog keep politicians honest? A new study suggests that fact-checking tends to keep our public officials from stretching the truth....

Dark Money Groups Pay $1 Million in Fines in California Case
Two dark money groups linked to conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have paid a record $1 million in fines to California to settle allegations that the combined $15 million they spent on two ballot proposals in the state was not properly disclosed....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: GOP stubbornness shows why Count My Vote should succeed

Paul Rolly: In city races, party politics take a holiday, but not in Holladay

What's Sen. Mike Lee up to? He's just being Mike Lee

Early voting underway in Utah

New UTA goals include doubling ridership by 2020

Utah advocates say anti-bullying law could 'out' LGBT kids

Conservatives among those off to D.C. for immigration reform

Utah gun advocate's ex-wife presses for protective order

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: A single worldview warps our perception

Op-ed: Compromise or collusion? Mike Lee draws a line in the sand

Editorial: State clean air panel is not a new idea

Utah farmers, ranchers want immigration reforms to meet labor needs

Battle over caucus and convention system heats up

Utah team heads to D.C. to present economic benefit of immigration reform

Group encourages people to vote no on $495M Jordan School District bond

Salt Lake City considering parking restrictions on snow days

Atheists plan Salt Lake convention

Other

Op-ed: Why property rights matter for downtown Provo (Daily Herald)

Senator looking to create statewide safe schools hotline (Daily Herald)

Editorial: More control over pain pills (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Graham threatens to block all nominations over Benghazi survivors (The Hill)

Carney duels with reporters over ObamaCare claim (The Hill)

Federal judge rules key provisions of controversial Texas abortion law unconstitutional (NBC News)

Spain Summons U.S. Ambassador in Spying Scandal (New York Times)

Congress to Consider Making Workplace Discrimination Against Gays Illegal (New York Magazine)

Michigan's Snyder Calls Detroit Bankruptcy Largest Issue (Bloomberg)

Obama: Picked Comey among many to lead FBI (Chicago Sun-Times)

60 Minutes: Benghazi (CBS News)

Ron Paul: Son will hold up Yellen to get Fed bill vote (CNBC)

Obamacare: Penalties And Exemptions (Forbes)

After outage, health exchange back up, working faster (USA Today)

Workers furloughed in U.S. shutdown must return jobless benefits (Reuters)






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Sit Back
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Sharing Drugs
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