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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 12, 2013
Countdown: There are 76 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 224 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 357 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 784 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Editorial: Utah should reconsider its approach to legitimate uses of medical marijuana [Tribune].
  • 29% of Utah's government budgets come from fees instead of taxes [Fox 13].
  • Lawmakers consider the responsibilities of parents and school officials when it comes to public education [Deseret News].
  • Holly Richardson says last week was one of the worst John Swallow has suffered during his time in office [Holly on the Hill].
  • A class-action lawsuit against Stericycle, which operates a medical incinerator in North Salt Lake, claims the company is charging excessive fees to customers without their consent [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams encourages high school students to apply for college [Deseret News].
  • Bob Bennett says both parties can take positives away from last week's off-year elections [Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake County may use a tax-free bond to help the Huntsman Cancer Institute build a 220,000 square foot expansion [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council is set to discuss transportation in Sugar House, including possibly reducing the number of lanes on part of Highland Drive [Tribune].
  • Utah radiation officials are set to host an open house on Energy Solutions' plan to store depleted uranium in the state [Deseret News].
  • The University of Utah and tribal leaders are set to negotiate the continuing use of the Ute nickname for sports teams at the school [Deseret News].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Time for Utah to rethink medicinal cannabis.

Utah parents say new end-of-year tests largely agenda-free

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

Cancer Institute seeking county bond for expansion

S.L. Council to vote on transportation plan for Sugar House

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: Both parties claim victories in changing landscapes

John Hoffmire: Electric cars and the hydrogen economy

Editorial: Veterans deserve more support against PTSD

Mayor Ben McAdams, educators encourage students to apply to college

Utah weighing threats of storing depleted uranium - from meteor strikes to ants

Lawmakers discuss responsibilities of parents, schools, Legislature


Lawmakers: Hold parents accountable for student performance (Standard-Examiner)

Varied reports on enrollment numbers from Top of Utah school districts (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Glitch flubs prices on O-Care exchange (The Hill)

Estimates put ObamaCare enrollment far short of goal (The Hill)

Fact check: If you like your health plan, you can keep it (USA Today)

Republicans shift to chipping away at ObamaCare with vote this week on keeping health plans (Fox News)

N.C. man arrested after allegedly trying to join al-Qaeda (Associated Press)

Obama trolls veterans in Arlington speech (Daily Caller)

New York City supporters talk about Hillary Clinton presidential run (New York Daily News)

U.S. Senator Inhofe's son killed in plane crash (Reuters)

Stop-and-frisk plaintiffs' lawyers: Appeals court wrongly removed judge from case (New York Daily News)

United States Sends Aid to Philippines (WBKO)

Wisconsin's Van Hollen Calls Walker Union Law Constitutional (Bloomberg)

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