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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - October 31, 2013
Countdown: There are 6 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 89 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 370 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 797 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams releases his $870 million budget proposal which includes a pay raise for employees and no tax hikes [Tribune].
  • Utah County adopts a $72 million budget for next year [Daily Herald].
  • Sen. Mike Lee says internal fights in the GOP will strengthen the party in the future [Tribune].
  • Utah's spending on healthcare for prison inmates doubled between 2001 and 2008 [Tribune].
  • The DABC clarifies a law requiring restaurants to determine whether patrons at restaurants are ordering food before being served alcohol [Tribune].
  • Black Diamond CEO Peter Metcalf says the federal shutdown demonstrated the value of Utah's public lands [Tribune].
  • Derek Miller, chief of staff for Gov. Herbert, gives an inside account of how Herbert was able to secure the re-opening of Utah's national parks during the shutdown [Utah Policy].
  • Utah consumer confidence is sharply lower in the wake of the government shutdown [Deseret News].
  • Elected officials try to plan the path for Wasatch Front growth over the next three decades [Tribune].
  • A group opposing the proposed $495 million bond from the Jordan School District failed to show up at a public hearing on the measure [Deseret News].
  • The Utah Department of Transportation says they need more time to complete the environmental study of the proposed West Davis Corridor [Standard-Examiner].
  • Talisker corporation files a counterclaim against Park City Mountain Resort in their ongoing legal squabble asking for the resorts profits from the last two years as damages in the case [Park Record].
  • New research suggests 40% of Utah's homeless children are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender [Standard-Examiner].
  • Wyoming officials announce more than $700,000 in fines against Sinclair Oil Corp. for safety violations at a refinery in that state [Tribune].
  • Activists plan a rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Danielle Willard, who was shot and killed by West Valley City police during an alleged drug raid [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

LA Times Refusing Letters from Climate Change Deniers
The Los Angeles times will no longer print letters from people who deny climate change is happening....

Congressional Republicans are in Bad Shape Following the Shutdown
Oof! Wanna know how bad the GOP's image is following the shutdown? This chart is a perfect example....

Study Says Better Pay for Public Employees Makes them More Honest
New research suggests the way to get more honest public officials is to pay them more....

LDS Church Wades Into Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage Fight
Here come the LDS Church vs. gay rights stories again....

Nevada Lawmaker Says He'd Vote for Slavery if His Constituents Wanted It
Here's what happens sometimes when politicians speak off the cuff. A Nevada state lawmaker says he would vote in favor of slavery if that's what his constituents wanted. He has since retracted that statement....

Poll: Less Than 1/4 of Americans Call Themselves 'Libertarian'
Most Americans don't identify with libertarians, and those who do don't see themselves as part of the Tea Party according to a new poll....

What Does the Future Hold for Salt Lake City's Newspapers?
"Absolutely no interest." That's the statement from the McCarthey family when asked about rumors they were in the market to re-acquire the Salt Lake Tribune....

Featured Items

Putting People Above Politics...The Proof is in the Pudding
It was my good fortune to be on the road to San Juan County on the Friday that Utah's National Parks re-opened, following a marathon negotiation between Governor Herbert and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell....

Facebook Playing an Important Role in the Way Americans Get News
A new survey finds about 1/3 of Americans get news from Facebook....

The Affordable Care Act's Most Important Date: Not What You Think
Many people have asked when we'll know if the Affordable Care Act is a success or failure....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Science scores a bright light for Utah schools

Government shutdown hit Utah's tourist economy hard

Utah's Sen. Mike Lee: GOP squabbles help the party

Utah one of 4 states whose inmate health care costs doubled

Paul Rolly: Is 'moderate' a dirty word in Heber City politics?

Officials outline vision of Wasatch Front in 30 years

Pay raise, level taxes in Salt Lake County budget proposal

Deseret News

Paul Mero: Business community needs to help fix Prosperity 2020

Richard Davis: Tax hikes, especially on the wealthy, are needed

Editorial: Why is the U.S. spying on its friends?

Medicaid applications account for most of Obamacare sign-ups

Utah's largest oil producer to pay $600,000 fine for EPA violation

Utah group in D.C. urges immigration reform - now

Sen. Mike Lee plays GOP peacemaker in D.C. speech

Opposition to Jordan school bond fizzles at meeting

Government shutdown pushes Utah consumer confidence down

Salt Lake County employees poised to benefit from mayor's proposed budget


Herbert unveils Your Utah, Your Future initiative (Daily Herald)

Utah County tentatively adopts $72 million budget (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Hoyer: Dems knew some patients would lose insurance plans under ObamaCare (The Hill)

Amid controversy over NSA programs, Congress mulls changes (CBS News)

Sandy survivors mourn, celebrate on anniversary (U.S. News & World Report)

Rep. Marcia Fudge argues against 'Stand Your Ground' laws before U.S. Senate (Plain Dealer)

Obamacare official apologizes for website glitches (Reuters)

Poll: N.J. voters say Gov. Christie should run in 2016 (USA Today)

Jackson Jr. assigned to minimum security section of prison (Chicago Tribune)

Texas attorney general asks court to reinstate abortion measure (Reuters)

New York probing Macy's, Barneys 'shop-and-frisk' claims (Reuters)

Ken Cuccinelli pledges to fight EPA from Virginia (Politico)

As stimulus tab rises for Fed, worries grow it may require a bailout (Los Angeles Times)

Fed tapering of stimulus unlikely this week (USA Today)

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