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Friday, November 15, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 15, 2013
Countdown: There are 73 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 221 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 354 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 781 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Gov. Gary Herbert says his upcoming budget proposal won't include Medicaid expansion as he will consider the issue separately [Tribune].
  • Gov. Herbert says he is willing to consider a proposal by outgoing Senator Pat Jones to eliminate the per-child tax credit on state income taxes to help fund education [Standard-Examiner].
  • The Trib's editorial board says it's clear Attorney General John Swallow, and his predecessor Mark Shurtleff, could not say "no" to anyone offering donations for their political ambitions [Tribune].
  • Congressional candidate Mia Love tries to distance herself from the "Tea Party" label, saying she wants to represent more than one constituency [Deseret News].
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee advances the nomination of Utahn Carolyn McHugh for the federal bench [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz slams President Obama's "false promises" on healthcare reform [Tribune].
  • Can Utah lawmakers be trusted to reform their own ethics and improve the state's elections? [Utah Policy].
  • Clean air advocates launch an effort to get health care providers to stop sending their medical waste to an incinerator in North Salt Lake [Tribune].
  • An analysis shows the average interest charged for a payday loan in Utah is 473% annually [Tribune].
  • The Utah Transit Authority sells just over 2,000 of their new electronic fare cards in the first month [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County Auditor Greg Hawkins has ordered his staffers to don badges [Tribune].
  • Critics decry UTOPIA's efforts to make public officials sign non-disclosure agreements before being briefed on the network's future plans [Standard-Examiner].
  • After union machinists in Washington rejected a contract proposal from Boeing, Utah officials immediately made it known the Beehive State would be interested in taking over manufacture of the new 777X airliner [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Who Watches the Watchers?
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Denver to Join Race for 2016 GOP Convention
Republican officials in Colorado are readying a bid to land the 2016 GOP convention, joining Salt Lake and Las Vegas in the effort to lure the event to the Western U.S....

Huntsman Calls for Redistricting Reform
Former Governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman says gerrymandering has made general elections "irrelevant."...

Poll: Republicans and Women Prefer a Man as their Boss
A new survey finds 35% of Americans would prefer a male boss....

Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #168
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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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McCain Flip-Flops on Obamacare
Sen. John McCain appears on FOX News to call for the "total repeal" of Obamacare, two months after repeatedly savaging Sen. Mike Lee's attempt to defund the healthcare law....

Weekly Survey: Mike Lee and John Huntsman's Future
Do you think Republicans will heed Mike Lee's call to stop being the "party of no"? Does Jon Huntsman have a political future after a series of embarrassing revelations about him in a new book about the 2012 campaign? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Frontier Communications to Expand Utah Operations
The Governor's Office of Economic Development and Frontier Communications Corporation announced today that a customer service center focused on the company's Frontier Secure suite of products and services will come to Utah County in 2014....

Salt Lake City Names New Director of Economic Development
Mayor Ralph Becker, the City Council and Community and Economic Development Director Eric Shaw announce the appointment of Stuart Clason as the City's new Director of Economic Development....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Chaffetz: Deception of Americans is never acceptable

Editorial: Stink over attorney general's office just gets worse

Could Utah be in mix for new Boeing plant?

Rolly: Beware numbers cops - county auditors flash badges

Senate Judiciary advances Utah nominee, hurdles await

Utah's NAACP leader says racist killer's execution too expensive

Healthy air advocates call for Stericycle boycott

Governor: Budget blueprint won't touch Medicaid expansion

Deseret News

Op-ed: Caucus was designed for republics

Editorial: Utah should do more to stop child trafficking

Salt Lake City names new director of economic development

Groups urge hospitals, clinics to stop doing business with Stericycle

Boeing considering Utah for 777X production

Fixes to Obamacare have little impact on Utah


Governor willing to consider tax plan to fund education (Standard-Examiner)

Herbert pressured to do more against Stericycle (Standard-Examiner)

Rich towns, poor towns: Utah Valley's wealth by zip code (Daily Herald)

Critics howl about UTOPIA non-disclosure agreements (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama: 'We fumbled the rollout' (The Hill)

Obama's 'fix': Dems cheer, GOP jeers (The Hill)

Senate Dems want longer fix than Obama's (The Hill)

Yellen: Fed can't be 'prisoner to markets' (The Hill)

Obama: Repairing damaged credibility is 'on me' (NBC News)

Obama: Canceled plans can be kept for a year (USA Today)

Bowing to political pressure, Obama unveils fix on healthcare (Reuters)

Two Secret Service agents cut from Obama's detail after alleged misconduct (Washington Post)

Dire predictions if Detroit bankruptcy is rejected (Associated Press)

GAO Cites Flaws in TSA Behavior Detection, Questions Funding (Bloomberg)

Boeing's Largest Union Rejects Freezing Pensions for 777X Work (Bloomberg)

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop by 2,000 (Wall Street Journal)

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