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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 19, 2013
Countdown: There are 69 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 217 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 350 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 777 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • The Utah Shooting Sports Council launches an effort to oppose the "Count My Vote" citizen's initiative [Deseret News].
  • Lawmakers will once again consider a statewide anti-discrimination bill based on sexual orientation [KUTV].
  • South Jordan City Councilman Chuck Newton proposes a new city-run school district that would break away from the Jordan School District [Deseret News].
  • A new report ranks Salt Lake City, Provo and Orem among the top cities for job growth in the nation [Tribune].
  • Two northern Utah fish hatcheries could be closed as a result of federal budget cuts [Tribune].
  • The Utah Board of Regents could name a new president for Southern Utah University later this week [Tribune].
  • A new study says minority students in Utah are more likely to be labeled as gifted than white students [KSL].
  • Environmental groups say they will fight a proposed oil refinery expansion in West Bountiful [Tribune].
  • The Utah County Commission is split on a proposal to hike the gasoline tax [Daily Herald].
  • The Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District is considering raising water and sewer charges [Tribune].


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Expand Medicaid for Utah's most vulnerable patients

Federal hatchery report threatens fishing in Utah

SLC, Provo-Orem make top 10 in job growth, report says

Advocates vow a fight as Utah OKs big oil refinery expansion

Trade talks, protests on tap for Salt Lake City this week

Utah families wary after FDA move on pharma cannabis

District considers hikes in water and sewer charges

Deseret News

Op-ed: The president's minimum wage mind games

Robert Bennett: Quality health care will bring down costs

Editorial: Honoring religious conscience

Utah Shooting Sports Council takes aim at Count My Vote initiative

Market indexes reach milestone highs

South Jordan councilman proposes split from Jordan School District

Utah lawmakers propose raising legal smoking age to 21

Why the Obamacare 'fix' might be messy

Other

County Commission split on proposal that could raise the gas tax (Daily Herald)

Revenues from hunts on Antelope Island increasing, but not everyone is a fan (Standard-Examiner)

Sen. Stuart Reid will not run for re-election (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

White House: No O-Care shake-up (The Hill)

John Kerry Defies the White House on Egypt Policy (Daily Beast)

Homes raided, subpoenas issued targeting conservative groups and allies of Scott Walker (Capitol City)

Dem. Rep.: Obama Lacks 'Legal Underpinning' for Obamacare Fix (Weekly Standard)

MSNBC's Bashir Apologizes For Saying Someone Should Defecate on Sarah Palin (RealClearPolitics)

White House working with insurers to bypass HealthCare.gov: WSJ (CNBC)

Congress and Courts Weigh Restraints on N.S.A. Spying (New York Times)

In Cheneys' Gay Marriage Feud, Parents Defend Liz (New York Times)

Federal judge hears first challenge to NSA surveillanc (USA Today)

California Says Obama's About-Face on Insurers May Hurt Law (Bloomberg)

Senate panel is likely on Thursday to back nomination of Yellen as Fed chairman (Associated Press)

MF Global ordered to repay customers $1.2B (CNNMoney)






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