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Thursday, November 14, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 14, 2013
Countdown: There are 74 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 222 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 355 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 782 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Fewer than 400 Utahns have signed up for health insurance via the Obamacare website. More than 9,000 Utah residents have started the process but not yet picked a plan [Tribune].
  • Mia Love holds a number of campaign events, including a town hall meeting and an appearance by former Congressman Allen West [Tribune].
  • Legislative investigators and John Swallow reach a deal that will allow investigators to try and recover some data that has gone missing from the Attorney General's office [Tribune].
  • Low income advocates pressure Gov. Gary Herbert to create budget proposals that reflect what would happen if the state accepted and rejected Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  • Former Senate Minority Leader Scott Howell is mulling a run to replace retiring Sen. Pat Jones on Capitol Hill [Utah Policy].
  • Sen. Todd Weiler wants to allow Utah youths a reset button when they post things on social media they might come to regret later [Standard-Examiner].
  • A proposed statewide communications network to allow public safety agencies to communicate has a hefty price tag of $140 million [Standard-Examiner].
  • Valerie Larabee steps down as the director of the Utah Pride Center [Tribune].
  • A group of students and parents at Box Elder High School want to start a gay-straight alliance [Tribune].
  • Google Fiber starts connecting Provo residents to their high-speed network [Daily Herald].
  • The average home price in Utah dropped nearly $20,000 during the recession [Tribune].
  • Utah health officials say the number of cases of gonorrhea in the state has nearly doubled [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake County Council squabbles over which names to send to the governor for nomination to the Central Utah Water Conservancy District board [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

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The People or the Polls: Who Do You Believe When it Comes to Mike Lee?
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What's At Stake in Utah Elections in 2014?
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Lawmakers Ready Bills Targeting Elections and Ethics in 2014
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Featured Items

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Weekly Survey: Mike Lee and John Huntsman's Future
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Obamacare Q&A: 'I Don't Really Think You Could Stop This Law'
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Canyon zoning must err on the side of preservation

Advocates: Show us a budget with a Medicaid expansion

Supporters of all stripes seek presidential action to free Utahn

Mark Shurtlef''s 'fixer' caused angst in Utah A.G.'s office

Utah Pride director steps down

Fewer than 400 Utahns able to shop Obamacare exchange

New grading system likely for Utah high schools for at-risk kids

Swallow's office, House panel reach a deal on recovering missing data

Love hits the campaign trail running

Deseret News

Stuart Reid: Hatch was wrong to support ENDA

Dan Liljenquist: Utah Attorney General John Swallow is now trapped

Jay Evensen: As 'Black Friday' creeps into Thanksgiving, we forget what the day is about

Editorial: France and Israel have the right attitude - don't enter 'sucker's deal' with Iran

House committee, A.G. office seek court order to access private records

Utah Pride Center director resigns

357 Utahns enrolled in health care in the first month of federal marketplace availability

Mia Love rejects tea party label, disagrees with tactics that led to shutdown


Child oversight panel votes to stay intact (Standard-Examiner)

Utah bill would give minors second chance on social media mistakes (Standard-Examiner)

Public safety communications network could cost $140 million to build (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County Council OKs 4 percent pay raise for non-council elected officials (Logan Herald Journal)

Cache County eyes 10 percent increase in property tax (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

A Month After the Shutdown, Republicans Are More Trusted to Govern Than Obama (Bloomberg)

Republicans mount shock comeback, erase Democrats' edge in eyes of Americans (Washington Times)

White House complies with Issa subpoena on ObamaCare rollout (The Hill)

Democrats losing patience with Obamacare (CNN)

No Hope Left for Obamacare's Website, Techies Say (Fiscal Times)

Troubled unlikely to work fully by end of November (Washington Post)

Calif. Insurance Commissioner: More Than 1M Californians Having Insurance Cancelled Due To ACA (CBS News)

House committee spars with technology officials on health-care exchanges (Washington Post)

Hawaii gay marriage bill gains final legislative OK (Reuters)

Homeland Security nominee heading toward confirmation (USA Today)

Wall Street's nightmare: President Elizabeth Warren (Politico)

Will Troubles Slow Medicaid Expansion Too? (Kaiser Health News)

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