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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 13, 2013
Countdown: There are 75 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 223 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 356 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 783 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Legislative investigators issue three more subpoenas in their probe of Attorney General John Swallow, including one to accused fraudster Jeremy Johnson [Tribune].
  • Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff denies a report he discussed the legality of processing online poker payments through a Utah bank [Tribune].
  • Tim Lawson, a business associate of Shurtleff, was the cause of much concern in the A.G.'s office while Shurtleff was in charge [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert's staff is busy preparing his 2014 budget proposal [KUTV].
  • A number of bills addressing elections and ethics are being readied for the 2014 session [Utah Policy].
  • Lawmakers are considering how to deal with Utah's alternative high schools under the state's school grading system [Tribune].
  • Legislators plan to spend some time in late January considering ways to help homeless youths [Deseret News].
  • Sen. Aaron Osmond plans to propose an expansion of a University of Utah reading program for K-3 students [Standard-Examiner].
  • Sen. Steve Urquhart says Utah should consider giving a small scholarship to high school students who complete a college math course [Standard-Examiner].
  • Sen. Todd Weiler wants to change parental rights when one parent is accused of murdering the other [Standard-Examiner].
  • Weiler also wants courts to weigh whether parents have deliberately exposed children to harmful material, such as pornography, when considering custody cases [Standard-Examiner].
  • Candidates and rumored candidates are already ramping up ahead of the 2014 election [Utah Policy].
  • Davis County officials are considering slapping some regulations on e-cigarettes [Tribune].
  • UTOPIA holds a series of secret meetings with city officials to brief them on future plans for the fiber optic network [Standard-Examiner].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Google Fiber begins installations in Provo

Protecting Salt Lake County canyons means tough decisions on who uses them, and how

County approves nearly $10M in ZAP funding for arts, culture

Shurtleff: Nobody asked me about poker processing

Utah nurses rally for Medicaid expansion

Swallow probe issues 3 more subpoenas; one to Jeremy Johnson

University of Utah doctors: Say 'yes' to cannabis oil for kids

Utah to open six new community health clinics with federal cash

Davis County looks at regulating e-cigarettes

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah state agencies work for the people

Editorial: Bill Clinton is right - but fix all of Obamacare's flaws

Health department embarks on 2nd phase of Stericycle study

Utah lawmakers looking at how to help homeless youths

Utah parents look to Colorado for 'life-improving therapy' found in cannibis extract

Utah House panel subpoenas Jeremy Johnson in Attorney General John Swallow investigation


Editorial: Ultimatum politics fails (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmaker pushes expanded reading program in Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmaker suggests offering incentives for math scores (Standard-Examiner)

UTOPIA asks officials in Brigham City, Layton to sign non-disclosure forms (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Post election reconstruction (Park Record)

Liquor laws are the great divide (Park Record)

Polling location changes didn't translate into more Logan voters (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Clinton: Let people keep coverage (The Hill)

Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee? The Obama administration settles on a definition. (Washington Post)

Obamacare Web Users Invited by U.S. to Try Signup Again (Bloomberg)

Initial Health-Plan Enrollment Falls Below Expectations (HealthDay News)

Supreme Court justices dismiss another Oklahoma law on abortion (CNN)

Boston Marathon suspect wants jail restrictions eased (Associated Press)

Obama lunches with enlisted troops and junior officers (USA Today)

Hillary Clinton defeats Chris Christie in 2016 presidential race: poll (New York Daily News)

Anthem Blue Cross will delay cancelling 104,000 health insurance policies (San Jose Mercury News)

Small-business sentiment for October tumbled amid shutdown (CNBC)

Shale gas boom to fuel US lead over Europe and Asia for decades (Financial Times)

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