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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics for Today - October 31, 2013
Countdown: There are 5 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 88 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 369 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 796 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Uh, oh! Investigators in the Utah House probe into Attorney General John Swallow say some records and emails have been deleted from the AG's office [Tribune].
  • Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz say they will not work to unseat fellow Republicans who opposed their efforts during the government shutdown [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz joins an effort to get more information from the White House about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi [Deseret News].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch joins an effort to bring a bill banning job discrimination based on sexual orientation to a vote in the Senate [Tribune].
  • A loophole with the Affordable Care Act allows members of Congress to let their staff continue on government health coverage [Tribune].
  • Two of the largest health insurers in Utah say many of their customers will be able to keep their current plans through the end of next year [Tribune].
  • Younger Utahns get ready to navigate Obamacare as the deadline mandating insurance coverage looms [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert unveils his plan to map out water management strategy for the state [Deseret News].
  • Candidates in Provo's municipal elections have spent more than $30,000 over the past two weeks [Daily Herald].
  • A group of former employees at the Salt Lake Tribune send a letter to the Justice Department opposing the change in the paper's joint operating agreement with the Deseret News, saying the new deal is a "threat" to independent journalism in Utah [Tribune].
  • Davis County officials propose a $109 million budget for next year [Standard-Examiner].
  • A Blanding hospital announces it will no longer ship its medical waste to a controversial waste incinerator in North Salt Lake [Standard-Examiner].
  • The Utah Department of Transportation unveils a new program allowing citizens to report weather conditions that may affect road travel [Deseret News].
  • Some parks in Layton will begin offering free wi-fi by the end of the year [Deseret News].
  • Dixie State University president Stephen Nadauld announces he will retire at the end of the year [Tribune].
  • Utah officials remain blissfully unaware of a looming threat [Utah Policy].

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Lee Plots a Path Forward for Conservatives
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Governor Details Next Steps in State's 50-year Water Strategy
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Health-Care Rollout: The View From Kansas
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Immigration reform should not stick on false claim of 'amnesty'

Utah consumers in pessimistic mood after government shutdown

Plan would manage Wasatch Front growth with high-density

Romney slams Obama over health care reform glitches

Loophole: Congress can let staff bypass Obamacare exchanges

Chaffetz backs Graham's bid to block Obama nominees over Benghazi

UDOT slows decision process on West Davis freeway

Cruz, Lee won't challenge sitting GOP senators

Deseret News

Op-ed: Federal agency is bad for business and consumers

Jay Evensen: Gambling's spread is a bad bet for Americans

Editorial: A de-Americanized world?

Herbert convenes summit to map 50-year water strategy for Utah

A sampling of comments from Herbert's listening sessions on water

'Anger is not an agenda': Sen. Mike Lee plays GOP peacemaker in D.C. speech

Utah's coal production among states in significant decline

What should Utah look like in 2050?

Chafftez joins GOP demand for more cooperation from White House on Benghazi


Candidates have spent more than $30k leading up to election (Daily Herald)

Davis school officials debate expense of annual training trips (Standard-Examiner)

Non-incineration option arises for medical waste in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County School District reports enrollment gain of 156 students over last year (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Obama: Majority can keep plans (The Hill)

Obama in Boston: Does Massachusetts prove Obamacare will work? (Christian Science Monitor)

Obama invokes the ghost of Mitt Romney (CBS News)

Obama blames 'bad apple' insurers for canceled coverage (Reuters)

Some Factories Stick With Old Health Plans (Wall Street Journal)

Can Snowden revert privacy to a social norm? (USA Today)

Obamacare on trial: 'You deserve better. I apologize,' Sebelius says. (Christian Science Monitor)

Ex-Defense secretary Gates to head Boy Scouts of America (USA Today)

Biden's niece in court in NY arrest-resist case; court doc says she hit officer amid dispute (Associated Press)

House Passes Bill on Derivatives (New York Times)

Social Security announces 1.5% increase for 2014 (MarketWatch)

Treasury report criticizes China currency policy (CNN)

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