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Monday, November 11, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 11, 2013
Countdown:There are 77 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 358 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 785 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • The House investigation into John Swallow issues a barrage of new subpoenas, targeting those who helped finance his 2012 campaign [Tribune].
  • A group seeking to process online poker payments through a troubled St. George bank turned to John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff for help when their scheme began to run afoul of federal law [Tribune].
  • Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb speculate on what those missing records will mean for the Swallow investigation [Deseret News].
  • Holly Richardson says the end of Swallow's time in office is in sight, but he persists "for the good of the state" [Holly on the Hill].
  • Not so fast Mia Love...Republican Bob Fuehr is also a candidate for the GOP nomination in the 4th District [Daily Herald].
  • Sen. Mike Lee speaks at a political rally in Iowa, calling on Republicans to come up with a political agenda instead of just being "the party of no" [Deseret News].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch mocks low enrollment in Obamacare, saying just 5 people have signed up online in Washington, D.C. [Tribune].
  • A probe into who used a Utah legislative computer to forge Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham's name on a petition has ended because it's impossible to identify the culprit [Tribune].
  • A records request shows firefighters have responded to a number of emergency calls at the NSA's data center in Bluffdale [Tribune].
  • Delegates select Jon Cox to replace Spencer Cox in the legislature [Tribune].
  • Utah unveils "In God We Trust" license plates [Daily Herald].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert honors Robert Redford's contributions to Utah [Tribune].
  • Herbert issues an executive order directing state agencies to hire more veterans [Tribune].
  • The newly elected mayor in South Weber wants City Manager Rodger Worthen's $127,000 annual salary lowered or his resignation [Standard-Examiner].
  • Op-ed: Stan Lockhart calls on Congress to pass immigration reform [Tribune].
  • Op-ed: Republican delegate George Chapman argues disengaged voters, not the caucus system, is the reason for low turnout in Utah's election [Tribune].
  • The number of students in Utah's public schools rose by nearly 12,000 this year [Tribune].
  • Three Utah community health centers receive more than $2 million in federal grants [Deseret News].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: What Common Core standards are and aren't

Op-ed: Will government's new crowdfunding rules help or hurt Utah?

Op-ed: Making Utah the best place for business and kids

Op-ed: Voter apathy, not caucus system, is culprit

Editorial: The right ruling on BLM off-road plan

Hatch slams Obamacare's low enrollment in D.C.

Delegates trade one Cox for another for Utah House seat

House targets Swallow's money trail in 9 new subpoenas

Families migrate to Colorado for marijuana miracle

Slow-growing plant yields marijuana designed for kids

Utah's schools educating 11,566 more students this year

When chips were down, poker firms bet on Shurtleff, Swallow

Paul Rolly: D.A. closes House forgery probe as whodunit hits dead end

Utah firefighters frequent visitors to NSA data center

Young Utahn opts for cannabis to treat cancer

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: How does Swallow's alleged deleting of records factor in investigation?

Op-ed: A free market can't solve healthcare

John Florez: America needs leadership not brinkmanship

Editorial: Rulings should cause introspection at BLM

House committee issues 9 new subpoenas in Swallow investigation

GOP names Utah House replacement for Spencer Cox - his fourth cousin

Latest enrollment data shows slowing growth in Utah public schools

Sen. Mike Lee in Iowa debut: Time to stop being 'party of no'

Gov. Herbert: Utah is a better place with Robert Redford in it

Utah community health centers get another chunk of federal funds

Getting unstuck: Why some people get out of poverty and others don't

More than 50 dating protective orders granted since law went in effect in May


Stan Lockhart: A few suggestions on immigration (Daily Herald)

Redford's role significant in Provo Canyon road construction (Daily Herald)

Fuehr to challenge Love for GOP nomination (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Teachers' departures a concern (Standard-Examiner)

New group fights to preserve caucus system (Standard-Examiner)

Don Porter: OK, Utah legislators, now's your chance to be a hero to Addy, others (Standard-Examiner)

Miss your bond ballot? Too bad (Logan Herald Journal)

Mayor-elect Jack Thomas: voters reaffirmed Park City values (Park Record)

National Headlines

Christie: Obama apology 'not enough' (The Hill)

Kerry: US not going to 'rush' into Iran deal (The Hill)

How did the government shutdown affect job numbers? (Associated Press)

After the big Obamacare apology: where things stand (CNN)

Chris Christie quiet on 2016 presidential race during Sunday media blitz (New York Daily News)

Early Obamacare data to signal how many still waiting to enroll (Reuters)

New York City Seeks to Have Stop-Frisk Order Thrown Out (Bloomberg)

Two admirals under investigation in Navy bribery scandal (Los Angeles Times)

Lindsey Graham doubles down on threat to block nominees over Benghazi (CBS News)

FAA making plans for drone flights in U.S. (Los Angeles Times)

Regulators face continuing challenge of averting financial crisis: Ben Bernanke, US Fed chief (Economic Times)

Economy in U.S. Expands at a 2.8% Rate on Inventories (Bloomberg)

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