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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 26, 2013
Countdown: There are 62 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 210 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 343 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 770 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Why is John Swallow waiting until December to resign? Turns out it may be about retirement benefits [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • House investigators and the Lt. Governor's office are thinking over their next move after Swallow's resignation [Deseret News].
  • Gov. Herbert's budget, due next month, will feature more money for Utah's school and no tax hike after revenue projections show the state will have $338 million in new revenue [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Former Sen. Bob Bennett says the caucus system is flawed because delegates break their promises and don't vote the way caucus attendees want them to [Deseret News].
  • Former Senator Jake Garn bemoans the current state of gridlock and partisanship in Washington [Deseret News].
  • A new survey shows seat belt use on Utah's roads is up slightly from last year [Tribune].
  • Alta resident Guy Jordan files a lawsuit claiming Mayor Tom Pollard is not a resident and is not eligible to hold that seat [Tribune].
  • A losing candidate in Centerville claims two winning candidates in this year's elections left required information off their financial disclosure forms and should be disqualified [Tribune].
  • St. George plans a massive crackdown on distracted driving [St.].
  • Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson is named Utah County Official of the Year [Standard-Examiner].

Today At Utah Policy

The Real Reason Swallow is Resigning in December - Retirement Money
If you found it odd that soon-to-be former GOP Attorney General John Swallow dated his resignation letterDec. 3 at 12:01 a.m., there's a good reason for it.At least a good reason for Swallow....

Congress Poised to Make Dubious History
The 113th Congress is on track to be the least productive in history....

Pay Dispute Roils Washington GOP
The Washington State GOP cut the pay of their new Chair by $20K. The problem? The old chair was a man while the new chair is a woman....

LDS Church Absent from Medicaid Expansion Effort
Among a handful of other organizations, the Coalition of Religious Communities emerged as a leader at a rally Wednesday at the state capitol for Medicaid expansion....

Sequestration Will Be Worse in 2014
A new report says federal budget cuts from sequestration will be much worse next year....

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....

Featured Items

Consensus Forecast Projects New Revenue
Governor Gary R. Herbert said today that despite the uncertainty in Washington, D.C., Utah economy continues to improve....

How do Utahns Really Feel about Anti-Discrimination Laws?
A new poll by a libertarian think tank shows that a majority of Utah voters oppose gay rights laws that would fine or jail business owners or landlords based on their "discriminatory decisions" as property owners....

New Tax Return Shows Karl Rove's Group Spent Even More On Politics Than It Said
On its 2012 tax return, GOP strategist Karl Rove's dark money behemoth Crossroads GPS justified its status as a tax-exempt social welfare group in part by citing its grants of $35 million to other similarly aligned nonprofits....

Philadelphia Pre-Emptively Bans 3-D Gun Printing
Philadelphia is the first city in the U.S. to ban 3-D gun printing....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah's efforts to justify refusal to expand Medicaid fall flat

Dissent in the Desert

Utah dignitaries spread the word, hold public Bible reading

Why is Swallow waiting to actually leave? Reason may be money

Swallow-like allegations arise in Centerville

Virgin ex-mayor wins council seat 10 years after criminal case

No taxes, more funds for schools expected in gov's budget

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: Caucus delegates do not always honor commitments to public

Former Centerville candidate raises questions about campaign disclosures

Former senator remembers a better day in Congress

Governor, others gather for 'joyful' reading of favorite Bible verses

Utah will have more to spend in new budget year

House committee, elections office mulling next move after A.G. John Swallow resignation


Google Fiber installation on schedule in Provo (Daily Herald)

Lawmaker's bill would stiffen penalties for park desecration (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Flailing Obama needs health fix (The Hill)

Feds reveal data behind 'social cost of carbon' (The Hill)

Filibuster's end imperils Sebelius (The Hill)

Reid: Senate will consider stronger sanctions against Iran (The Hill)

Impending Sandy Hook report like another 'body blow,' official says (Los Angeles Times)

Companies Prepare to Pass More Health Costs to Workers (Wall Street Journal)

Obama: I'm not 'particularly ideological' (USA Today)

Mother of bullied Fla. girl wants tougher laws (Associated Press)

Obama visits S.F. during his toughest times (San Francisco Chronicle)

Obama's day: Raising money, talking immigration in S.F. (USA Today)

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Much Expected
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Lighter Side

Figure Head
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