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Friday, November 1, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 1, 2013
Countdown: There are 4 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 87 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 368 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 795 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • A lawyer for embattled Attorney General John Swallow says he did not intentionally delete emails that have been discovered to be missing as a part of the House investigation. He blames the snafu on the switch to a new e-mail system [Tribune].
  • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says the closing of national monuments during the government shutdown did not have a political motive [Tribune].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart's staff will use the federal Obamacare exchanges for health insurance [Tribune].
  • Most of the donations to Luz Robles' campaign come from inside Utah, but none of those are from the southern part of the state [Utah Policy].
  • Fact vs. myth in the fight to change Utah's caucus system [City Weekly].
  • Bob Bernick says the changes to the caucus system adopted by the Utah GOP is a case of "too little, too late" [Utah Policy].
  • Nothern Utah officials hail Gov. Gary Herbert's plan to develop a strategy for managing the state's water resources [Standard-Examiner].
  • About 250,000 Utahns will see a drop in food stamp aid due to a cut in the SNAP program [Tribune].
  • A study says Utah's liquor taxes are ninth-highest in the nation [Tribune].
  • Fundraising in the West Valley City mayoral race is lagging for both candidates as we near election day [Tribune].
  • In-kind donations are causing some controversy in the Orem mayoral contest [Daily Herald].
  • Salt Lake City Council candidate Bill Davis is caught claiming endorsements from LGBT groups that never actually endorsed him [Tribune].
  • Utah gets high marks for efforts to helping people with mental illness who are accused of a crime [Tribune].
  • Federal land managers start implementing their plan to protect the greater sage grouse in Utah and other states [Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake City police will post warnings on cars found idling during cold weather [Tribune].


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: 'Will you be dining?' rule makes sense. In Utah.

Feds proposing plan to protect sage grouse in the West

Interior's Jewell: no partisan motive in closing monuments

Candidates in high profile West Valley City race fill campaign coffers

Davis County's 2014 budget plan totals nearly $105M

Widespread insurance cancellations? Not in Utah

Rolly: Candidate's LGBT 'endorsements' that never were

Swallow's attorney blames lost emails on state switching tech systems

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Utah needs more women in decision-making roles

Op-ed: Break the transportation monopoly in Salt Lake City

Editorial: Our recommendations for local election issues

BLM rolls out plan to protect greater sage grouse

Utah House committee says records missing in Attorney General John Swallow probe

Jewell: Congress must fight for more national park, public lands funding

Other

Orem campaign finance disclosures drawing heat (Daily Herald)

Mike Lee introducing bills to aid families (Daily Herald)

Food stamp cuts hit 250,000 Utahns (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Nine Dems propose mandate delay (The Hill)

ObamaCare implementation agency paid out $23 million on behalf of dead people (The Hill)

FAA ends tablet ban during flights (The Hill)

How Lucky That Google And Yahoo Are Being Tapped Offshore By The NSA And GCHQ (Forbes)

Changes pursued in US security clearance system (Associated Press)

Obama Won't Attend Gettysburg Address Remembrance (Associated Press)

Rand Paul: Plagiarism charge from 'haters' (Politico)

NBC/WSJ poll: Obama approval sinks to new low (NBC News)

Biden also apologizes for health care website (USA Today)

Hawaii Senate advances marriage equality bill (MSNBC)

Obama: 'Shop around' if you lose your health insurance plans (Fox News)

Barack Obama to announce aggressive strategy to attract investments (Economic Times)






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