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Thursday, October 3, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - October 3, 2013
Countdown: There are 34 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 118 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 393 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 830 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Mitt Romney speaks in Utah and decries the government shutdown as the wrong way to fight Obamacare [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Sen. Mike Lee bows to pressure and now says he will donate his Congressional pay during the shutdown. Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jim Matheson also say they will donate their salaries [Tribune].
  • Furloughed mechanics at Hill Air Force Base plan to protest the shutdown at Rep. Rob Bishop's office [Standard-Examiner].
  • Bishop is not happy with how the Interior Department decided to shut down national monuments, insinuating there may have been a political motivation behind the closures [Tribune].
  • Utahns who have signed up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act worry the federal shutdown could hurt their health plans [Tribune].
  • The federal stoppage is hitting some low-income Utah mothers hard [Tribune].
  • Utah tourism officials worry the shutdown will slow an important industry for the state [Tribune].
  • Some critics say the shutdown will make things easier for undocumented workers to evade efforts to verify their immigration status [Tribune].
  • Local charities and governments are making plans on how to proceed if the government shutdown extends for a longer period of time [Deseret News].
  • The shutdown could delay the court case against accused fraudster and John Swallow accuser Jeremy Johnson [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Jack Draxler has a plan to hike beer taxes every year to keep pace with inflation [Tribune].
  • If you want to vote in November's municipal elections, the deadline to register is rapidly approaching [Tribune].
  • A new program aims to reduce panhandling in Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • Clean air advocates say some areas of Utah should ban wood burning stoves to help cut down on pollution [Tribune].
  • Tempers are flaring between some Cottonwood Heights businesses and city officials [City Weekly].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah must stop undervaluing its women

Small businesses brace for impact from government shutdown

Utah tourism officials await shutdown's end with bated breath

Guv's former spokeswoman censures Utah's Mike Lee over Obamacare

Stericycle to fight Utah air-quality violations

Romney on Obamacare: 'My tactic' wouldn't be a shutdown

Bishop to Interior: Tear down those monument barricades

Critics fear undocumented workers will take advantage of shutdown

Mike Lee now says he'll donate pay during shutdown

Air advocates urge phase out on wood burning

ACA is here, but so is new fear - thanks to shutdown

Washington political theater turns into horror show for Utah mothers

U.S. courts still open; feds seek delay in Jeremy Johnson civil case

Legislator brewing up a revamped beer tax proposal

Deseret News

Editorial: Room for compromise

Government shutdown hits Jeremy Johnson fraud case

Shutdown impacting businesses that rely on national park visitors

Millions access online health insurance marketplace, some experience delays

Charitable groups, local governments making contingency plans for federal shutdown

Furloughed guardsman fears losing Herriman dream home

Despite shutdown, government will still collect your taxes

Frustration grows for furloughed Utahns as GOP, Dems dig in heels

Romney opposes GOP strategy that led to government shutdown


Google to sign up Veracity customers starting today (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Pols, talk to each other (Standard-Examiner)

Utah's smoking age may rise to 21 (Standard-Examiner)

Utah doctors propose eliminating use of wood burning stoves (Standard-Examiner)

Air Force finishes EIS on Hill F-35 squadrons (Standard-Examiner)

Utah's 'Pear Lady' sparks donation groundswell amid government shutdown (Standard-Examiner)

Federal government shutdown impacts Cache Valley (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Republicans following Cruz's playbook as shutdown crisis unfolds (The Hill)

House Dems can't force floor vote on Senate's clean government funding bill (The Hill)

Obama invites congressional leaders to White House (USA Today)

Reid Says He'll Negotiate Once House Drops Demands (New York Times)

Obama summons Hill leaders to White House on shutdown's second day (NBC News)

Top official warns shutdown is 'dreamland' for foreign intel services (NBC News)

Democrat-led White House rejects WWII veterans visiting memorial (Washington Times)

Beanie Baby Creator Pleads Guilty to Swiss Bank Tax Dodge (Bloomberg)

'Revenge porn' now illegal in California (ABC News)

Shutdown Hits Tribes, But Some Services Continue (TIME)

Obama Cancels Trip to Philippines and Malaysia (New York Times)

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