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Monday, October 7, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - October 7, 2013
Countdown: There are 30 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 114 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 389 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 826 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Sen. Mike Lee's efforts to stop Obamacare with a government shutdown is dividing pundits over whether it's genius or foolhardy [Tribune].
  • A new poll says most Utahns don't think it's worth shutting down the government to fight Obamacare [Deseret News].
  • Utah unemployment claims jump 500% since the federal shutdown [Deseret News].
  • Workers at Hill Air Force Base hail a decision by the Pentagon to call them back to work despite the shutdown [Tribune].
  • The Ogden-Clearfield area is being hit hard by the shutdown because it's one of the areas most dependent on federal jobs [Standard-Examiner].
  • A group of Utahns rally in Salt Lake City to blame the shutdown on the Tea Party [Tribune].
  • Donna McAleer, who lost to Congressman Rob Bishop in 2012, will again challenge for the 1st Congressional District seat [Tribune].
  • The Utah House investigation into Attorney General John Swallow issues another subpoena [Tribune].
  • Sen. Todd Weiler wants to make the AG's office appointed rather than elected [City Weekly].
  • LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli set odds for who might replace Lt. Gov. Greg Bell [Deseret News].
  • Security at the NSA's data center at Camp Williams will not allow reporters to use video cameras anywhere on the property [Tribune].
  • Mike Daniels, former mayor of Pleasant Grove, is launching a write-in campaign to regain that office [Holly on the Hill].
  • There aren't very many candidates in Morgan City's municipal elections this year [Standard-Examiner].
  • Most of the big donors to Count My Vote didn't attend the neighborhood caucuses in 2012 [Tribune].
  • Republican Marco Diaz says Utahns should work to improve the caucus system instead of getting rid of it altogether [Tribune].
  • Utah Latinos rally to urge Congress to pass immigration reform [Tribune].
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker wants to reduce pollution by offering residents discount transit passes [Tribune].
  • Sen. Jim Dabakis urges Gov. Gary Herbert to make a decision about expanding Medicaid [Utah Policy].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: SITLA cannot bend to pressure from any group

Op-ed: The Caucus: a good system that we need to work together to make better

Op-ed: Utah communities harmed by dependence on federal government

Editorial: Burbank is right: Keep local cops out of immigration enforcement

Editorial: Matheson has a way out of the shutdown

Editorial: Special schools

Editorial: Let the sun shine on common core test questions

SLC Latinos kick off nationwide protests

NSA security at Utah Data Center stops journalists from shooting video

Becker plans to offer cheap train, bus passes to Salt Lakers

Utah defense workers cheer back-to-work order

New subpoena zeroes in on Swallow-Johnson money ties

D.C. Notebook: Hatch's sneakers and Lee as Luke Skywalker

Most big money backers of Count My Vote skipped party caucuses

New health-care law could save money for Utah Corrections

Lee's shutdown strategy: some see it as brilliant, others a giant blunder

Infographic: Utah's 35,000 federal employees

Deseret News

John Florez: Democracy is not sandlot ball

Op-ed: One lesson we can learn from the shutdown - it's time to listen

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Potential lieutenant governor appointments, and their odds

Paul S. Edwards: Mike Leavitt talks about how to bring people and organizations together

Editorial: Variable tolls would help clean the air

Editorial: Stand up for religious liberty

Clean air proposal would let Salt Lake residents ride UTA for $30 a month

State airs proposed plan to clean up Wasatch Front pollution

Democrat Donna McAleer announces she's challenging Rep. Rob Bishop

Meeting with lawmakers, educators planned for parents reviewing new tests

New poll finds Utahns don't believe Obamacare fight worth shutting down government

Utah's challenge: Matching tech talent with tech jobs

Utah DEA agents still at work; some canceling vacations to avoid furlough

Utah unemployment claims up 500 percent since start of shutdown

Grading school grades: Parents speak out on accountability scores

Furloughed federal workers may be going back to work at Hill Air Force Base

Coping with the government shutdown in a town dependent on tourism


Layton says UTOPIA fiber network shedding stigma (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden-Clearfield area nation's sixth-most dependent on federal jobs (Standard-Examiner)

Businessman Beerman could pose conflicts with a Mayor Beerman (Park Record)

Romneys, in return to Park City, buy Deer Valley mansion (Park Record)

Donna McAleer, Basin Democrat, wants second shot at Rob Bishop (Park Record)

National Headlines

'Most wanted' al Qaeda leader captured by US (The Hill)

Shutdown halts federal regs (The Hill)

In shutdown, some wiggle room (The Hill)

Government shutdown: Is John Boehner losing at tea party's game? (Christian Science Monitor)

Boehner Says He Doesn't Have Votes for Clean Debt Limit Bill (Bloomberg)

Boehner, White House harden stances as shutdown continues, potential default nears (Washington Post)

Obama backs Washington Redskins name change: Is it his business? (Christian Science Monitor)

Supreme Court Has Deep Docket in Its New Term (New York Times)

Joe Lhota plans to push more funding for the city buses and subways (New York Daily News)

Cruz Virginia Visit Raises Risks for Cuccinelli's Governor Race (Bloomberg)

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Standing Adversity
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Crippling Government
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