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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 5, 2013
Countdown: The 2013 municipal elections are today. There are 83 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 364 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 791 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • It's election day in Utah. Go out and vote [Tribune].
  • A raft of missing emails from Attorney General John Swallow's office are raising even more questions about a possible coverup [Tribune].
  • Attorney General John Swallow's office says they will not oppose a court order to turn over a number of files to the Legislative committee investigating his conduct [Deseret News].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch is one of seven Republicans who joined with Senate Democrats to allow debate on a bill denying discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation [Tribune].
  • Among the revelations in a new book about the 2012 election: Jon Huntsman's aides called the Republican candidate "lazy" and a "wuss" [Tribune].
  • Rep. Kraig Powell is proposing some changes to the way candidates can get on the primary ballot [Utah Policy].
  • An incumbent for the Duchesne City Council has been disqualified from Tuesday's ballot for failing to file campaign finance disclosures [Deseret News].
  • Hyde Park residents will vote today whether to drop their ban on the sale of alcohol [Tribune].
  • The candidates for Park City Mayor have raised and spent a record amount of cash [Tribune].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop slams government gridlock in a meeting with Weber County Republicans [Standard-Examiner].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks Obamacare in a meeting with Utah County Republicans [Daily Herald].
  • Five legislators visit schools deemed as failing under the state's new grading system [Deseret News].
  • A federal court strikes down a BLM management plan for roads in the Richfield resource area [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams wants the county to cover treatment for employees' children with autism [Deseret News].

Today At Utah Policy

Powell Pushing Dual-Track Path to Primary Ballot
State Rep. Kraig Powell stood stone-faced last summer at a Capitol Hill press conference where Count My Vote leaders announced their citizen initiative a change in Utah's primary election system whereby candidates would get on a primary ballot by getting signatures of 2 per...

Republicans Don't Want More Women in Congress
Oof. A new poll says less than 1/4 of Republicans would like to see more women elected to Congress....

Abby Huntsman Slams 'Double Down' (Video)
The new book "Double Down" is causing quite a few waves, especially with some allegations that authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann level at Jon Huntsman. Huntsman's daughter Abby is not amused....

Las Vegas' Bid to Host 2016 GOP Convention Could be Bad News for Salt Lake
If you're hoping Salt Lake City is able to land the 2016 GOP convention, the news that Las Vegas may be jumping into the fray should dampen that enthusiasm....

Mia Love's Surprising Fundraising
Mia Love is defying the odds with her fundraising ahead of 2014....

Book Alleges Jon Huntsman's Campaign Leaked Dirt on Herman Cain
A new book says Jon Huntsman's 2012 campaign had no problems with playing dirty....

Featured Items

Blackham Announces Retirement
Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, Leonard M. Blackham, has announced his intent to retire in early January 2014, following a noteworthy 25-year public service career....

A Month in to, Real-Life Winners and Losers
Friday marked one month since the disastrous start of, the seriously impaired federal health insurance marketplace....

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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-Ed: Planning commission takes job seriously

Editorial: Legislative panel should keep after Swallow's computer records

New book: Aides dissed Huntsman as 'lazy, whiny wuss'

Hatch not only Mormon senator supporting gay-rights bill

Paul Rolly: How to keep your man - and woo your legislator

It's voters' turn to have their say in local politics

Court strikes down BLM travel plan

Small northern Utah city of Hyde Park to vote on alcohol ban

Key questions arise about Swallow's missing records

Utah parents scrutinizing high-stakes exam questions

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: Obamacare: the glitches will be fixed, the lies will not

Voter turnout in question for municipal elections

Conservation groups praise ruling to keep off-road vehicles off land

Lawmakers pay visit to schools failing under new grading system

Swallow's office won't oppose court motion to turn over records

Incumbent disqualified in Duchesne City Council race

Mayor McAdams proposes coverage of autism treatment for S.L. County employees' children


Congressman Bishop blasts Obama administration for gridlock (Standard-Examiner)

Chaffetz talks Obamacare, shutdown and Benghazi in Provo meeting (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Rubio: O-Care 'built on a foundation of lies' (The Hill)

HHS: Expect outages at (The Hill)

Senate advances gay rights bill (The Hill)

Bill on Workplace Bias Clears Senate Hurdle (New York Times)

Abortion Case Dropped as U.S. High Court Leaves Law Voided (Bloomberg)

Lawmakers Push to Keep Obama's Health Care Pledge (ABC News)

Maine Governor Candidate Says He Is Gay (New York Times)

Big de Blasio lead over GOP's Lhota in NYC: Anomaly or return to normal? (Christian Science Monitor)

Detroit emergency manager defends June talk to retirees (Detroit Free Press)

Google Takes Its Anti-NSA-Spying Show on the Road (Bloomberg)

CIA made doctors torture suspected terrorists after 9/11, taskforce finds (Guardian)

Women voters play starring role in Va. governor's race (USA Today)

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