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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 20, 2013
Countdown: There are 68 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 216 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 349 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 776 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Rep. Jim Matheson and Republican challenger Mayor Mia Love look like they're already spoiling for a fight ahead of the 2014 midterms [Tribune].
  • Matheson defends his vote in favor of a measure allowing Americans to keep their current health insurance [KSL].
  • Republican lawmakers warn against making plans for the state's budget surplus as most of that money is already spent [Utah Policy].
  • Legislative auditors ding management practices and low morale at the Department of Workforce Services [Tribune].
  • Legislators are considering and passing more new legislation than ever before [Utah Policy].
  • Lawmakers consider a proposal to put aside money to fight federal decisions that could curtail energy development in the state [Tribune].
  • The emails of Utah lawmakers will be available for public scrutiny at the beginning of 2014 [Standard-Examiner].
  • Utah has become an example for other cities on how to lobby for public transportation projects [Tribune].
  • The town of Wallsburg completely forgot to hold an election this year. It's not the first time that has happened [Tribune].
  • The Utah Environmental Congress merges with a regional group, WildEarth Guardians [Tribune].
  • A newly-elected Riverdale City Council member has been disqualified for filing a required financial disclosure late [Standard-Examiner].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch joins an effort to stop child sex trafficking [Tribune].
  • Provo officials are considering adopting an anti-discrimination ordinance based on sexual orientation [Tribune].
  • The Utah Foundation releases their second "Utah Quality of Life Index," which shows residents feel slightly better than they did in 2011 [Deseret News].
  • New State Superintendent Martell Menlove give his annual State of Education Address [Deseret News].

Today At Utah Policy

Legislative GOP Douses Budget Enthusiasm
Before those pesky Democrats or other "big spenders" get carried away with the $240-or-so million in extra money the state took in last fiscal year, meet the Republican Grinches....

Jindal: GOP Not Ready to Win the White House
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, often mentioned as a presidential candidate in 2016, says the Republican party is not prepared to win the White House because they don't have an agenda....

Study: Utah Near Bottom of States Benefiting from Obamacare
Utah is second to last in a ranking of states benefiting most and least from Obamacare. Only Georgia is seeing a lower benefit....

Utah Lawmakers Passing More Laws than Ever Before
The Utah Legislature is passing more new laws than ever before.And the 104 part-time legislators are passing a higher percent of bills before them than ever before....

Poll: Romney Would Beat Obama if Election Held Today
Talk about buyers remorse. A new poll says, if voters had a do-over on the 2012 election, Mitt Romney would win....

Silk Road Takedown had Ties to Utah
The federal takedown of the online drug market Silk Road Marketplace has a crucial tie to Utah....

Leavitt Followed Plurality Win with Big Victory in 1996
When former Governor Mike Leavitt won re-election in 1996, it was the best showing by a governor in an election following a win where they did not receive a majority of the vote....

Changing Face of Media: Noah Trailer Is Actually A Real Thing
So last week Hollywood rolled out its first trailer for the new movie Noah, which apparently is a real thing....

Featured Items

Stewart Reopens Fight over Shuttered Parks
Rep. Chris Stewart joins the efforts of congressional Republicans to hold the Obama administration accountable for its closing of national parks during the government shutdown. ...

Mike Lee Talks Obamacare's Problems (Video)
Sen. Mike Lee joined Fox News' Greta Van Susteren to discuss problems with the implementation of Obamacare.Watch the latest video at

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


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

Poll: Mitt Romney beats President Obama today (Politico)

'The Hammer' cautiously optimistic about his freedom (Daily Caller)

Administration Official: Obamacare Payment Systems Still Need to Be Built (National Review)

Woman Hailed by President as Obamacare Success Story Now Can't Afford Obamacare (CNN)

Oregon health exchange represents biggest woe (Associated Press)

Botched ACA Rollout Hammers Obama; Job Disapproval Reaches a Career High (ABC News)

Payback sweet for Republicans as Obama and Obamacare stumble (Los Angeles Times)

Virginia state senator stabbed, son shot to death; no suspects sought (Los Angeles Times)

Official releasing what appears to be original court file authorizing NSA to conduct sweeps (Washington Post)

Obamacare sign-ups: How states with their own websites stack up (Christian Science Monitor)

California health exchange is hesitant to extend canceled policies (Los Angeles Times)

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