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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 22, 2013
Countdown: There are 66 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 214 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 347 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 774 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • As you first read on Utah, embattled Utah A.G. John Swallow resigns [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Here's a timeline of the events that drove Swallow from office [Deseret News].
  • Now that Swallow is leaving, legislators are split on whether the House should continue their investigation into Swallow's alleged misdeeds [Tribune].
  • The Utah GOP prepares to find a replacement for Swallow while Democrats argue there should be a special election [Tribune].
  • Dee Smith, who lost to Swallow in the 2012 election, says he was aware of the allegations against Swallow but decided against using them during the campaign [KUTV].
  • Staffers in the Utah A.G.'s office say they're eager to put the Swallow scandal behind them [Tribune].
  • Republican Brett Tolman and Democrat Paul Burke say Utah's Attorney General should be appointed, not elected [Tribune].
  • Bob Bernick looks at the toll Swallow's 10 months in office took on Utah [Utah Policy].
  • Swallow joins more than a dozen Utah politicians from history whose time in office was marred by scandal [Tribune].
  • Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee decry a rules change in the U.S. Senate that ends filibusters on most presidential nominees [Tribune].
  • House Republicans want the feds to refund money to states that paid to open public lands during the government shutdown [Tribune].
  • Utah's Legislative Heath System Reform Task Force votes against the state accepting full Medicaid expansion from the federal government [Tribune].
  • Most Utahns who have to buy new individual health insurance under Obamacare will be eligible for federal subsidies [Tribune].
  • A legislative panel approves a bill to allow rural Utahns to bury their trash if they don't have garbage service at their homes [KSL].
  • Fred Cox gives five reasons why people should not sign the "Count My Vote" petition [Fred Cox 4 Utah].
  • The number of Utahns who ride a bicycle to work has jumped 65% since 2005 [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: The Cost of John Swallow's 10 Months in Office
So, what did it cost Utah taxpayers to get rid of GOP Attorney General John Swallow?The tab is not complete, but it will be at least $2.2 million and probably higher....

Defiant Swallow Tenders His Resignation
336.That's how many days Utah Attorney General John Swallow will have been Utah's top law enforcement officer when his resignation becomes officialDec. 2....

Chaffetz Calls Out MSNBC's Luke Russert (Video)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz ventured into the lion's den, appearing on left-leaning MSNBC with Luke Russert. He did not like one of Russert's questions and let the host know about it....

Lee Quickly Raising His Profile Among Right-Leaning Commentariat
Sen. Mike Lee is starting to get some traction for his call for the GOP to stop being the "party of no" and embrace an agenda to fight poverty by creating more economic opportunity....

Love Plans to Hammer Matheson on Obamacare Votes
Mia Love plans to make Obamacare the top issue in her potential 2014 rematch with Democrat Jim Matheson....

Swallow Announces Resignation (Update)
As first reported by Utah Policy Thursday morning, Attorney General John Swallow announced his resignation effective December 3, 2013....

Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #169
John Swallow is resigning, what's next? Who might be his replacement?Also, the U.S. Senate goes nuclear. Why Bob thinks it's about time!...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Hike of the week: Stansbury Front Trail at Davenport Canyon--Tribune:Slopes' changing demographics: More senior skiers--Tribune:Federal hatchery report threatens fishing in UtahNew Films-- Delivery Man: Tribune review-- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:...

Crossroads' Tax Return Shows Big Donors, But Doesn't Name Them
The dark money giant Crossroads GPS, launched by Republican strategist Karl Rove, told the IRS it raised almost $180 million in 2012, including one donation of $22.5 million, another of $18 million and another of $10 million. Fifty donations were for $1 million or more. Beca...

Weekly Survey: What Are Utah Politicians Thankful For?
What do Utah politicians have to be thankful for this holiday season? Give us your thoughts in our weekly survey....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Governor, not party bosses, should pick A.G.

Editorial: Swallow goes

Hatch, Lee decry filibuster change

John Swallow takes his place in Utah scandal history

Most Utahns who buy individual policies qualify for subsidies

Utah Legislative panel rejects full Medicaid expansion

GOP wants feds to give money, public lands to states

GOP plans to pick Swallow successor; Dems say not so fast

Utah A.G.'s office eager to get back to normal

New debate emerges at Capitol: Should House continue Swallow Probe?

Embattled Swallow resigns, proclaims his innocence

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: When liberals and conservatives agree, it's time to listen

Tooele receives $13M DOD grant for new Dugway High School

Churches obligated to defend principles, Bishop Wester says

Utah moms lobby Legislature for access to cannabis oil for child seizure treatment

2013 John Swallow timeline

Farm Bureau speaker attempts to demystify Affordable Health Care Act

Task force narrows Medicaid expansion options for recommendation to 3

Utah A.G. John Swallow resigns, citing toll on family, finances


Swallow announces he will step down (Daily Herald)

Transportation needs spur nervous talk about new taxes (Standard-Examiner)

Swallow resigns, denies any wrongdoing (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County School District bond officially passes by 216 votes (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Paul on Reid: 'We've got a big bully' (Politico)

WH not dropping 'ObamaCare' term (The Hill)

Obama's approval hits new low, poll finds (The Hill)

Older staffers see ObamaCare costs eat paychecks (The Hill)

In Landmark Vote, Senate Limits Use of the Filibuster (New York Times)

Change to Senate's filibuster rules raises prospect of more gridlock (Boston Globe)

Senate's filibuster decision could reshape influential D.C. federal appeals court (Washington Post)

Alabama posthumously pardons three Scottsboro Boys (BBC News)

Amid JFK focus, spotlight also on Oswald's grave (USA Today)

HUD: Number of people homeless in U.S., Michigan, Detroit drop over three years (Detroit Free Press)

California votes against extending canceled health policies (Los Angeles Times)

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