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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 25, 2013
Countdown: There are 63 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 211 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 344 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 771 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • A report from the Lt. Governor's office finds outgoing Attorney General John Swallow violated election laws, which could have disqualified him from office [Tribune].
  • That damning report paints a not-too flattering picture of Swallow's ethical compass [Tribune].
  • Despite his protests to the contrary, the timing of the report's release seems to coincide with Swallow's decision to resign [Tribune].
  • Swallow insists he resigned because he could no longer afford to defend himself from numerous investigations [Tribune].
  • Will Utah's lawmakers make changes in the wake of the Swallow scandal? [Utah Policy].
  • The list of hopefuls to replace Swallow grows ever larger [Publius Online].
  • Utah's Democratic Party plans to launch a lawsuit to force a special election to find Swallow's replacement [Fox 13].
  • Why is Swallow waiting until Dec. 3 to resign? Because he wants to burn built up vacation time before leaving office [KUTV].
  • Paul Rolly runs down the winners and losers from the Swallow brouhaha [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says there should be no celebration following Swallow's investigation [Deseret News].
  • A small group of Republicans have formed a group to push back against "Count My Vote" [Tribune].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says trade talks being held behind closed doors in Salt Lake City will benefit Utah [Tribune].
  • Utah will see an advertising blitz for e-cigarettes in the first part of 2014 [Tribune].
  • Dixie State University will institute a campus-wide tobacco ban next year [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Dixon Pitcher is drafting legislation to penalize people who commit vandalism against Utah wilderness [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jeremy Peterson wants to form a task force to look at possible changes for Utah's court system [Standard-Examiner].
  • Reps. Paul Ray and Eric Hutchings say requiring more physical activity in Utah's schools could lead to better test scores [Standard-Examiner].
  • An analysis finds crimes are more likely to be committed on UTA buses than trains [Tribune].
  • Utah's unemployment numbers remain below the national average [Tribune].


Today At Utah Policy

How Far will Lawmakers Go in the Aftermath of the John Swallow Fiasco?
It was with disappointment, then growing into anger, that I read over the weekend the special counsel's report for the Utah Elections Office on the conduct of soon-to-be former Attorney General John Swallow....

Love Advances to 'On the Radar' Status
Here's further evidence the battle for Utah's 4th Congressional District could be all-out-war in 2014. National Republicans move challenger Mia Love to "On the Radar" status in their "Young Gun" program....

Lee Moves Away from Ted Cruz
Sen. Mike Lee is taking steps to get out of Sen. Ted Cruz's shadow following the 16-day government shutdown....

18 States Cut Taxes in 2013
18 states cut taxes in 2013. Utah was not one of them....

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....

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: What Utah Political Figures Should be Thankful For
As we look toward Thanksgiving, we asked our Political Insiders and readers what Utah political figures should be thankful for this holiday season....

Utah Unemployment Rate Steady, More People Enter Workforce
At 4.6%, Utah's unemployment rate remains lower than the national average, with all private sector industries showing steady growth....

Utah Ranked Fifth 'Best Managed' State
Utah is one of the best-managed states in the union, but a new analysis shows it's not as well-off as North Dakota, Wyoming or even Iowa....

University to Accept Tuition in Bitcoin
A private university in Cyprus is the first to allow students to pay tuition and fees with bitcoins....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Slide toward socialized medicine began with Medicare

Rolly: Count My Vote is getting pushback

Editorial: Do your homework, Utah legislators, before fighting feds

Editorial: No amount of committees can justify not expanding Medicaid

Utah unemployment numbers below national average

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

Utah legislation could give veterans benefits for general discharges

Swallow: Money at root of my decision to resign

New Swallow report finds five violations of election laws

Swallow tales: Report says A.G. has big credibility gap

Utah A.G. John Swallow leapt before he was pushed

Small Utah town begins allowing alcohol sales

Goblin topplers may spur new law against wilderness vandalism

Deseret News

John Florez: Health care reform requires moral leadership

Editorial: 'Nuclear option' was a bad move

Editorial: Swallow's resignation was the right decision

Gov. Gary Herbert: Swallow resignation 'no cause for jubilation'

More Utahns working, new report says

Governor names new general counsel

Salt Lake County hires new economic development director

New committee will lend advice on Book Cliffs, Anadarko lease

State School Board lists five key factors in student achievement

Salt Lake City initiatives to fight crime, aid homeless get mixed reviews

Other

Op-ed: UTOPIA 2.0 (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Good riddance to Swallow (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden legislator wants look at court system changes (Standard-Examiner)

Rural waste burial may get state OK (Standard-Examiner)

Two lawmakers push for more physical activity in classroom (Standard-Examiner)

New state officials get training at Utah League of Cities and Towns conference (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Bipartisan skepticism greets Iranian nuclear agreement (The Hill)

'No illusions' on Iran, Kerry says (The Hill)

Hoyer: No need to 'start over' on ObamaCare (The Hill)

Military alters training to deal with budget troubles (Pilot Online)

Money, star power await Obama on fundraising tour (Associated Press)

Obama seeks to shift focus to economic progress (Associated Press)

The Obamas sit down with Barbara Walters (Politico)

Sarah Palin hits back at Martin Bashir for crude remarks (New York Daily News)

'Knockout game' leads to arrests, more police patrols (USA Today)

Billionaire Peter Lewis, Advocate Of Marijuana Legalization, Dies At 80 (Forbes)

A Record Market Is Not All That It Seems (New York Times)





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