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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - October 8, 2013
Countdown: There are 29 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 113 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 388 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 825 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Rep. David Lifferth is working on legislation asking the federal government to turn over management of Utah's five national parks to the state if there's a government shutdown lasting more than 30 days [Daily Herald].
  • Southern Utah counties are declaring a "local emergency" because of the tourist dollars they're losing due to the shutdown of national parks [Tribune].
  • A number of sportsmen's groups call for Congress to end the shutdown because of the potential long-term economic pain for some rural areas [Tribune].
  • More than 4,000 Utah defense workers report back to work after being furloughed because of the shutdown [Tribune].
  • Utah Republicans says they will announce their organization to counter the "Count My Vote" group this week [KUTV].
  • A new report says the price tag is too high for Kane County to pay for the proposed Lake Powell pipeline project [Tribune].
  • Despite being tasked with finding ways to make the legislature run more smoothly, the Legislative Process Committee hasn't done much this year [Utah Policy].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart talks about his experience co-authoring Elizabeth Smart's memoir [Deseret News].
  • John Swallow accuser Jeremy Johnson wants to use the money seized from him by federal prosecutors to hire lawyers for his defense [Deseret News].
  • Mitt Romney buys a mansion in Park City [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County officials say they've identified the first case of influenza requiring hospitalization this season [Deseret News].
  • NSA officials confirm the new data center in Bluffdale experienced a number of electrical failures during testing [Deseret News].
  • Utah education officials plan to address Utah's high school drop out rate, which was nearly 20% in 2012 [Tribune].
  • Some budget cuts to Utah juvenile detention centers are actually costing taxpayers more [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

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Poll: Political Peril Building for Republicans
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Politico: Vouchers Don't Help Students Much
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Sen. Mike Lee: Obama is Acting Like a Despot (Video)
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah, Becker have ideas for cleaner air

Money-saving cuts are costing Utah taxpayers more

Sportsmen's groups call on Congress to end shutdown

Southern Utah emergency declared as message to Congress

Many Utah defense workers return to work

What will it cost to clean Utah's air; meet federal standards?

Prison opts to keep meeting with group on policy issues

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Which side of the shutdown mess gets most of the blame?

Jeremy Johnson wants to use seized cash to hire lawyer in FTC case

Mitt Romney buys Deer Valley home

Parks shutdown causing economic emergency for Utah communities, county leaders say

Utah Data Center experienced electrical failures, NSA confirms

Hill Air Force Base, Utah National Guard workers back on the job

National wildlife refuge closures have Utah duck hunters flocking to state waterfowl areas

Rep. Chris Stewart talks about helping to write Elizabeth Smart's memoir


Op-ed: The Count My Vote initiative is the real thing (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Leadership ends political tiffs (Standard-Examiner)

Some Hill workers back soon: Air Force materiel command employees authorized to return (Standard-Examiner)

Hundreds of civilian workers return to job at HAFB (Standard-Examiner)

Navigating 'Obamacare': Local experts offer roadmap (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

ObamaCare site to go offline for more repairs (The Hill)

Football returning to troops overseas (The Hill)

Boehner: Obama gambling with economy by refusing to talk (The Hill)

Government shutdown: Are things getting better or worse? (Christian Science Monitor)

White House, Senate Democrats step up pressure to raise federal debt ceiling (Washington Post)

U.S. still in fiscal deadlock but looking for a way out (Reuters)

Supreme Court: Is new campaign finance case another 'Citizens United'? (Christian Science Monitor)

Arrest warrant issued for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Massachusetts (Associated Press)

U.S. justices divided in Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme case (Reuters)

President Obama's top environmental advisor plans to leave (Los Angeles Times)

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Lighter Side

On Your Own
"This shutdown is hurting everyone. Today Michelle Obama told fat kids: 'You're on your own. Eat a Happy Meal. I don't care.'" Jay Leno
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