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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 4, 2013
Countdown: The 2013 municipal elections are tomorrow. There are 84 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 365 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 792 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Investigators say electronic data from and concerning Attorney General John Swallow dating back to 2009 may be missing, which contradicts a statement from Swallow's attorney that some emails were lost during a switch to a new system [Tribune].
  • Hundreds of supporters turn out for a rally supporting Sen. Mike Lee [Tribune].
  • Scott Howell, who ran against Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2012, says Hatch was a "statesman" during the government shut down while Sen. Lee acted out of self interest [Tribune].
  • A new book says Jon Huntsman, Sr. was the source for Sen. Harry Ried's claim that Mitt Romney didn't pay taxes for 10 years. Huntsman says that claim is false [Tribune].
  • Nonprofit groups band together to call on Gov. Gary Herbert to expand Medicaid [Tribune].
  • President Barack Obama names Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker to a group tasked with developing a plan on how government will respond to climate change [Tribune].
  • Five towns in Utah County will not hold an election this year because municipal candidates there are running unopposed [Daily Herald].
  • Two candidates for Ogden City Council are thrown off the ballot for failing to file campaign finance disclosure statements [Tribune].
  • A Pleasant Grove mayoral candidate is at the center of some controversy because of a 2008 purchase of a car from the city [Fox 13].
  • Davis County officials would very much like to expand the west Farmington jail in case the state prison is closed. Farmington City officials disagree with that stance [Standard-Examiner].
  • A new study says rising temperatures from climate change could have a big impact on Salt Lake City's water supply [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City moves closer to ending chronic homelessness among military veterans [KSL].
  • Former Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis is retiring after three decades of public service [Deseret News].
  • Bluffdale officials plan to piggyback economic development on the new NSA data center located at Camp Williams [Tribune].
  • A group of parents are evaluating questions for new statewide tests that students will take next year [Tribune].
  • Former lawmaker Carl Wimmer talks about his conversion from the LDS Church to evangelical Christian [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Study Suggests Utah's Voters Among Most Apathetic in the Nation
Utah has some of the least engaged voters in the country....

Columnist: America Should 'Ignore' Mike Lee
The liberal political magazine New Republic smacks Sen. Mike Lee, calling him "crazy" for not admitting the tactic to shut down the government turned out to be a political disaster....

Lee to Propose Accreditation Overhaul This Week
During his speech at the Heritage Foundation last week, Sen. Mike Lee laid out a proposal letting states set up accreditation and give financial aid for educational courses offered at places other than colleges or universities....

Poll: Republicans Don't Like the GOP
Oh, boy. New polling numbers suggest Republicans are growing increasingly unhappy with their own party....

Report: Benghazi 'Witness' May Not Be Telling the Truth
This can't be good. Foreign Policy reports the man at the center of a bombshell 60 Minutes story on Benghazi may not have been an actual witness to the attack that killed four Americans in 2012....

Romney: 'Electability' Should be a Factor in 2016 for GOP (Video)
Mitt Romney doesn't think much of Sen. Ted Cruz's chances if he decides to run for president in 2016....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Republican Caucus Changes are Too Little Too Late
This past weekend, the state Republican Party's Central Committee voted to make several changes to its current caucus/convention system....

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Will Caucus Changes Stop 'Count My Vote'?
Our political insiders think the minor changes the Utah GOP made to the caucus system won't be enough to keep Utahns from signing the "Count My Vote" petitions. Our readers, on the other hand, aren't so convinced....

November Taxpayers Association Newsletter
This month's edition looks at the need to give taxpayers more of a voice in county property tax decisions and features a column by Howard Stephenson praising Utah's Dual Language Immersion successes....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-Ed: Hatch was a statesman during shutdown, and Lee wasn't

Rolly: Lesson of Europe: Compromise not so bad

Editorial: Utah definitely needs a long-term plan

Editorial: UDOT right to slow development of West Davis Corridor

Editorial: BLM's sage grouse plan is good compromise

Huntsman denies he was source for tax claim against Mitt Romney

Hundreds chant 'We like Mike' in rally for Utah Sen. Lee

D.C. Notebook: Interior secretary talks bear poop in speech

Ex-Utah rep Carl Wimmer: God guided me away from Mormonism

Albright in Utah praises journalism, criticizes Snowden

Obama's marketplaces falter, but Utahns can get help

Utah town plans to capitalize on NSA's data center

Deseret News

Pignanelli & Webb: Any chance of action on immigration reform in the near future?

Op-ed: Education reforms, Obamacare destabilize state budgets

Diverse groups urge Herbert to expand Medicaid in Utah

Orem tax preparer cost government $416M, feds say

Salt Lake City close to ending veteran homelessness, mayor says

Politicos wonder which Sen. Lee will show up at Utah, Iowa events

Swallow investigators seek court order to recover missing records

Hundreds rally for Sen. Mike Lee despite low approval numbers

Despite system glitches, you and your family can obtain health insurance

Difference maker: Palmer DePaulis bringing 30 years of public service to a close

Mitt Romney goes after tea party, Obama's 'fundamental dishonesty' about Obamacare


Voters to decide on roads, public safety and housing issues (Daily Herald)

Claim alleges Orem tax service cost government $416 million (Daily Herald)

Downtown Provo: 30 years of economic growth (Daily Herald)

USU-Brigham campus project seeks $7.5 million from Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden School District teacher departures at 7-year high (Standard-Examiner)

Absentee voting grows in Weber and Davis (Standard-Examiner)

Election preview: Levy, bond both on ballot for Logan voters (Logan Herald Journal)

Bioneers conferees discuss economic, environmental 'sustainability' (Logan Herald Journal)

State Rep. Powell to host liquor law forum in PC (Park Record)

Jack Thomas raises, spends a staggering amount on mayoral bid (Park Record)

Editorial: Park City voters have clear choices on Tuesday (Park Record)

National Headlines

Romney: Obama's broken healthcare promise 'rotting away' second term (The Hill)

Iraq comes back to haunt Obama (The Hill)

Lawmakers debate gun control after Los Angeles airport shooting (New York Daily News)

Hillary Clinton flattered by Schumer endorsement, but no decision on 2016 (Reuters)

Romney praises Chris Christie's 2016 chances and dismisses 'potential land mines' detailed in book (Star-Ledger)

Aide: Obama dislikes news leaks (USA Today)

Take offline until it is fixed, Feinstein and Rogers say (CBS News)

Obama heads to Virginia Sunday to stump with McAuliffe (Washington Post)

Rand Paul: Plagiarism allegations the work of 'hacks and haters' (Daily Caller)

Older Americans reject major Social Security changes, poll finds, but support raising tax cap (Associated Press)

U.S. Allows $500 Carry-Over in Health Flexible Spending Plans (Bloomberg)

Obama pitches the US to foreign investors (Associated Press)

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Wise Words

Growing Up
"Mothers may still want their sons to grow up to be President, but according to a famous Gallup poll of some years ago, some 73 percent do not want them to become politicians in the process."
John F. Kennedy Quotations Page

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Getting Started
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