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Monday, November 18, 2013
What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 18, 2013
Countdown: There are 70 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 218 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 351 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 778 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.
- Any changes the feds make to the implementation of Obamacare won't have much of an impact in Utah [Deseret News].
- The BLM is reversing course on a decision to open up land surrounding the San Rafael Swell to oil and gas exploration [Tribune].
- Sen. Mike Lee says conservatives should join the fight against poverty [Deseret News].
- Lawmakers may consider a number of proposals to hike Utah's gasoline tax to pay for transportation projects [Tribune].
- Gov. Gary Herbert's plan for significantly increasing the number of Utahns with a college education will take a lot of funding to accomplish [Tribune].
- Sen. Stuart Reid says he is retiring from the Legislature and will not run for re-election in 2014 [Utah Policy].
- Reid is proposing legislation to raise the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 [Daily Herald].
- Rep. Brad Dee wants the state to fund a clean-air campaign as soon as possible [Standard-Examiner].
- Utah's Democratic party joins the fight against the "Count My Vote" citizen's initiative [Tribune].
- Utah enhances its online health exchange portal for small businesses [Tribune].
- Just how damaging to Jon Huntsman's future political career are some embarrassing revelations in a new book about the 2012 campaign? [Deseret News]
- Ally Isom, Gov. Herbert's spokesperson, says she is leaving that position to spend more time with her family [Tribune].
- Two telemarketers who have been interviewed as part of the House probe into John Swallow talk publicly [KUTV].
- Newly elected West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow talks about his plans for Utah's second-largest city [Tribune].
- The 2013 elections could have an impact on Salt Lake City's plans to expand the new Sugar House streetcar line [Tribune].
- A new poll shows the government shutdown had a positive impact on how Americans view national parks [Tribune].
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Op-ed: We have a surplus in Utah, and our children need it
Op-ed: Utah K-12 education still hurting from 2006 change in funding law
Editorial: Let Common Core conspiracies die in Utah
State, local competition emerging to raise gasoline tax
Herbert's deputy chief of staff leaving for more family time
Streetcar on 1100 East - Not so fast
San Rafael Swell land yanked from Utah oil and gas auction
How JFK's Catholicism eased the way for Mitt's Mormonism
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WVC Mayor-elect's priorities include police and planning
D.C. Notebook: Ann Romney makes Mitt say no to another W.H. run
Poll: Shutdown revives love for national parks
Paul Rolly: County auditor, A.G. offices have storied histories
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: The nation is having debates regarding PC issues - so we will, too
John Florez: Parents have solutions if lawmakers just ask
Op-ed: Talk of gun control makes gun sales soar
Matthew Holland: Gettysburg and the 'new proposition' of American politics
Editorial: Trans fat ban not a sign the 'nanny state' is taking over
Editorial: Honoring religious conscience
BLM pulls controversial San Rafael Swell parcels
Best-seller's claims about Huntsman could hurt his political future
Sen. Lee urges conservatives to lead fight against poverty, echoes Brigham Young's counsel to 'bring them in'
Army scrapping 4 US chemical weapons incinerators, including one in Tooele
GOP infighting fierce even in Western strongholds like Utah and Idaho
State lawmaker wants to raise the age to buy smokes in Utah (Daily Herald)
Editorial: Utah needs a gas tax increase (Standard-Examiner)
Editorial: UTOPIA dealings must be in open (Standard-Examiner)
Utah congressmen rip BLM deferment of oil and gas leasing (Standard-Examiner)
Weber legislator wants air-quality awareness campaign -- now (Standard-Examiner)
Democrat says Herbert's delay on Medicaid is costing Utah millions (Standard-Examiner)
GOP: No cover for Dems on O-Care vote (The Hill)
Pelosi: Dems 'stand tall' behind O-Care (The Hill)
Obamas, Clintons to visit JFK grave. Is Kennedy legacy still potent politics? (Christian Science Monitor)
Obamacare failures not a panacea for the GOP (Washington Post)
'Duck Dynasty'-backed political outsider takes Louisiana Congressional seat (Christian Science Monitor)
SNL: Obama's Second Term Needs a Dose of Extra-Strength Presidential Paxil (TIME)
In Iowa, Ryan blasts health law rollout, hints at a campaign message to come (Washington Post)
Kirsten Gillibrand to push original sexual assault measure (Politico)
Google to invest in solar farms in California and Arizona (Los Angeles Times)
Coal plant shutdowns create market for wind power project (Oklahoman)
N.H.T.S.A. Reports Increased Traffic Deaths (New York Times)
777X vote shows bitter rift in Machinists leadership (Seattle Times)
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