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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - October 9, 2013
Countdown: There are 28 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 112 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 387 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 821 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Gov. Gary Herbert taps freshman legislator Spencer Cox as Utah's new Lt. Governor [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News]. Here's video of the announcement.
  • The House committee investigating John Swallow moves behind closed doors after announcing they've interviewed 60 witnesses so far [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's not convinced the nation will hit the debt limit on October 17 [Tribune].
  • Gov. Herbert asks the federal government to let the state reopen national parks [Tribune].
  • Officials in San Juan County are mulling taking over Lake Powell and other national parks in order to re-open them during the shutdown [Tribune].
  • More than 500 employees in Salt Lake City's Veteran Benefits Administration office are working without pay during the shutdown [Tribune].
  • A Utah group "adopts" the highway leading to the NSA data center in Bluffdale as a form of protest [Tribune].
  • There are hints the NSA data center is having some massive problems that may delay its opening by a year [Tribune].
  • Sen. Pat Jones looks to the future as her legislative tenure is coming to an end [Deseret News].
  • A Cottonwood Heights police officer raised concerns in 2010 that city employees were deleting emails in a potential violation of state law [City Weekly].
  • Utah recoups more than $11 million in improper Medicaid payments [Tribune].
  • Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak in Salt Lake City on Friday [Tribune].
  • Riverton will conduct next month's municipal election entirely by mail-in ballot [Standard-Examiner].
  • Salt Lake City voters overwhelmingly say corporations should not have the same legal rights as people [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake County Council asks Gov. Herbert to shut down a medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake [Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake County purchases land in downtown Salt Lake City to build new offices to house the district attorney's office [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Herbert Taps Freshman Lawmaker as New Lt. Governor (Video)
So much for the political pundits; or those who professed to know the mind of GOP Gov. Gary Herbert....

House Committee Investigating Swallow Meets Behind Closed Doors
The special House committee investigating embattled Attorney General John Swallow met for a few minutesTuesdaymorning then voted to close their meeting to get legal briefings from their hired legal team....

Time Running Out for Legislative Process Committee
When it was announced during the 2013 Legislature that the Legislative Process Committee would be reorganized, reappointed and take on some substantive reforms during this current interim, there appeared to be some real hope that several lingering problems in how the Utah Le...

Featured Items

Rep. Spencer Cox Nominated as Utah Lt. Governor (Video)
Video of the news conference with Gov. Gary Herbert announcing Rep. Spencer Cox as his pick to replace Greg Bell as Utah's Lt. Governor....

Pepperidge Farm Celebrates the Opening of a $45 Million Expansion to Manufacturing Facility in Richmond, Utah
Pepperidge Farm executives, including Irene Chang Britt, President, today celebrated the completion of a $45 million expansion to the company's manufacturing facility in Richmond, Utah, with a ribbon cutting ceremony....

Ambassador from Moldova to Speak at UVU
His Excellency Igor Munteanu, ambassador from Moldova to the United States and Canada, will speak to community members and UVU students Monday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center, room 213a. Munteanu will address "Protracted Conflicts in the Ex-Soviet Space: H...

Governor Urges President to Re-open Utah's National Parks, Monuments
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert Tuesday formally requested President Obama re-open the state's five national parks, several national monuments, historic sites and recreation areas. ...

NSA Data Center Isn't Working
Obamacare isn't the only massive federal undertaking suffering a disastrous rollout. The Wall Street Journal reports that the new NSA spy center in Bluffdale, Utah, scheduled to open in September, is basically unusable because of a series of electrical meltdowns....

Americans Prefer Zombies and Cockroaches over Congress
Ouch! A new survey shows Congress is less popular than zombies, cockroaches and dog poop, but more popular than serial killers....

Breaking Away: Top Public Universities Push for 'Autonomy' From States
The chancellor of Oregon's higher-education system currently oversees all seven of the state's public colleges and universities. But as of July next year, she'll be chancellor of four.The schools aren't closing. Rather, Oregon's three largest state schools are in the process...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Clearing Utah's air requires many approaches

Powell pipeline tab too steep for Kane County, report shows

House's Swallow probe: 60-plus witnesses and $250,000 tab - so far

Utah governor asks president to let state reopen national parks

After cashing last paychecks, House members vow to hold the next ones

Study: shutdown hurts Utah 14th worst among states

Some 555 vet benefits administration employees go without pay

Herbert picks state Rep. Spencer Cox as new lieutenant governor

Water use hints at problems at Utah Data Center

Obama says debt deadline is hard, Hatch sees wiggle room

San Juan County considers taking over national parks

Deseret News

Op-ed: The Marketplace Fairness Act and e-commerce businesses

Richard Davis: Don't forget the struggling federal employees and their families

Editorial: Faith-based dorms offer welcome alternatives to beleaguered students

Vote-by-mail poll a success, Salt Lake City officials say

Gov. Herbert names Rep. Spencer Cox new lieutenant governor

Sen. Pat Jones readies for big changes

Salt Lake County Council urges Herbert to shut down Davis County's Stericycle plant

Legislative investigators have conducted 60 interviews in Swallow probe

Engineers completing final inspections of NSA's Utah Data Center

Gov. Gary Herbert to President Obama: Let Utah run national parks

The odd, the bad and the arbitrary: 30 things shuttered by the shutdown

Justice Scalia talks about his Catholic faith, distaste for racy media

'It's business as usual' for Salt Lake County employees despite government shutdown


Lawmaker looking to open Utah's national parks during shutdown (Daily Herald)

More than 60 witnesses questioned in John Swallow investigation (Daily Herald)

Herbert asking Obama to keep Utah's national parks open (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Hot air on wood-burning stoves (Standard-Examiner)

Local activist: 'Don't be afraid of shutdown' (Park Record)

Shutdown affects tourism (Park Record)

Obamacare in Park City (Park Record)

National Headlines

Government shutdown: Republicans float new plan in fiscal standoff (Chicago Tribune)

Obama Calls Boehner as G.O.P. Meeting Yields No Offers (New York Times)

John Boehner presses demands for talks with Obama on shutdown, debt ceiling (Washington Post)

Without warning, Boston school bus drivers strike (Boston Globe)

California Won't Wait For Congress On Immigration Reform (NPR)

Self-immolated man had 'long battle' with mental illness (BBC News)

Shutdown holding up military, VA benefits (USA Today)

Brain drain: Advocates fear shutdown could spook best and brightest (NBC News)

Supreme Court Weighs Campaign Contribution Limits (New York Times)

Little Fear on Wall St. of Default, at Moment (New York Times)

The NSA's Hugely Expensive Utah Data Center Has Major Electrical Problems And Basically Isn't Working (Forbes)

Slow-bamacare: Tech fixes planned for health exchange (CNBC)

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