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Friday, October 4, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - October 4, 2013
Countdown: There are 33 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 117 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 392 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 829 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Gov. Gary Herbert blames President Obama's "lack of leadership" for the government shutdown [Tribune].
  • Herbert says the shutdown could cost the state $1 billon in tourism dollars [Standard-Examner].
  • Rep. Jim Matheson joins a bi-partisan group of lawmakers pushing for an end to the shutdown through passing a six month budget [Tribune].
  • Bob Bernick wonders if the shutdown will have any political consequenses for Utah's members of Congress [Utah Policy].
  • Despite the shutdown, Utah's WIC clinics will re-open on Friday after getting some emergency funding from the USDA [Deseret News].
  • The shutdown hasn't stopped home loans in Utah from going through so far, but that may change [Tribune].
  • Utah's members of Congress are safe following the strange and tragic shootout in Washington, D.C. on Thursday afternoon [Tribune].
  • Utah lawmakers and education officials are at odds over the state's controversial school grading system [Tribune].
  • Lt. Gov. Greg Bell says facts, not emotion, should be the driving force behind environmental policy proposals [Standard-Examiner].
  • Daniel Burton argues ending the legislative investigation into John Swallow because it costs too much money would be the wrong move [Publius Online].
  • Why does the Tea Party have so much influence, especially in Utah? [KSL]
  • A University of Utah economist says the state cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the state's changing demographics [Tribune].
  • A new study says education is a key element of ending poverty in Utah [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Shutdown May Have Unintended Consequences in Utah
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Social Security is Obama's 'Trump Card' in Shutdown
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Bryan Schott's Political BS: Thinking Outside the Box
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Featured Items

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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Bishop Probes Monument Closures
Rep. Rob Bishop wonders why the Obama administration tried to prevent veterans in wheelchairs from visiting Washington's open-air World War II monument as part of the government shutdown....

8th Annual Utah Procurement Symposium
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

After grading flap, Utahns plan do-over for school reviews

Emergency federal grant will reopen Utah's WIC clinics

Utah governor blames Obama's lack of leadership for shutdown

Utah's Matheson joins bipartisan group seeking shutdown end

Economist: Utah must change to meet minorities' needs

Utah first lady, Mayor Ralph Becker help with reading record

'For our family, this means everything'

Paul Rolly: Utah's crappy liquor laws? 'Dooty' calls for intruder

Utah poverty study shows school key to breaking cycle

Utah State Parks absorbing visitors displaced by federal shutdown

Deseret News

Op-ed: Obamacare is a continuation of the business model for insurance

Editorial: Federal overreach

Judge denies Federal Trade Commission request to stay Jeremy Johnson case

Utah WIC clinics to reopen thanks to emergency funds

Gov. Herbert: Can't separate fight over Obamacare from shutdown negotiations

Report: Intervention needed to break cycle of intergenerational poverty in Utah

Frustration growing for federal employees shut out of work


Editorial: Defund Obamacare? (Daily Herald)

$2.5 million in emergency funding to reopen Utah WIC clinics (Daily Herald)

Herbert: Lack of leadership from Obama led to shutdown (Daily Herald)

Top of Utah furloughed employees protest in front of Congressman Bishop's office (Standard-Examiner)

Lt. Gov. Bell blasts emotion-driven environmental proposals (Standard-Examiner)

Gov. Herbert: State could lose $1 billion in tourism during shutdown (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Harry Reid blocks funding for veterans programs, national parks (Washington Examiner)

Pressure mounts to fix health insurance exchanges (Associated Press)

Obamacare marketplaces raise data security concerns (CBS News)

Doves and peaceniks no more: These Democrats relish the role of bullies (Washington Times)

Cantor: House GOP forging ahead with piecemeal bills (The Hill)

Congress, staff required to buy gold ObamaCare plans (The Hill)

Gunshots near Capitol lock down Congress (CNN)

'Reckless' Shutdown Must End, Obama Says, Faulting G.O.P. (New York Times)

Tropical Storm Karen likely to hit Gulf Coast Saturday (USA Today)

Brown signs bill to give driving permits to those in U.S. illegally (Los Angeles Times)

Jobless claims on the rise (Christian Science Monitor)

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