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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 6, 2013
Countdown: There are 82 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 363 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 790 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Lawmakers try to wrap their heads around how much data is missing from Attorney General John Swallow's office [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Holly Richardson throws some serious shade on Swallow's claims of innocence about the missing records [Holly on the Hill].
  • Voters overwhelmingly reject a proposed $495 million bond proposal by the Jordan School District [Tribune].
  • Former legislator Ron Bigelow will be the next mayor of West Valley City [Deseret News].
  • Incumbent mayors in Sandy, Midvale and Cottonwood Heights win re-election [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council will see three new faces come January [Tribune].
  • Bob Stevenson wins the Layton mayoral contest [Standard-Examiner].
  • Daniel McArthur is ousted as mayor of St. George after two decades in that office [Tribune].
  • Tons of new faces in Davis County as 10 cities elect new mayors [Standard-Examiner].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says lawmakers need to start considering a hike in the gas tax to fund future transportation projects [Standard-Examiner].
  • Mitt Romney speaks at a sports symposium in Utah one year after losing the 2012 election [Tribune].
  • Early snowstorms are bolstering Utah's snowpack numbers [Deseret News].
  • A federal judge rules UDOT unfairly restricted the free speech rights of two groups by requiring they purchase insurance coverage before holding a rally to raise awareness about climate change [Tribune].


Today At Utah Policy

Lawmakers 'Very Troubled' by Missing Electronic Files in Swallow Investigation
How many times is it said: It is not the crime that finishes a politician, but the cover-up afterwards.And the political problems of Utah Attorney General John Swallow just got a lot worse this week....

Matheson Again on List of 'Most Vulnerable' House Members
Second verse, same as the first. Roll Call released their list of the 10 Most Vulnerable House Members, and once again Utah's lone Democrat in Congress makes the list....

How Romney Chose Ryan in 2012
Why did Mitt Romney pick Paul Ryan for his running mate? It may have been due to an article in the New Yorker....

America Has More Prisoners than High School Teachers
This is a sobering statistic. There are more prisoners in America than high school teachers....

Poll: Democrats are Better at Running Local Government
A new survey says Americans think Democrats do a better job at the functions of local government than their Republican counterparts.The YouGov poll found that Democrats had an edge over Republicans in every category except one. Republicans get a slight nod when it comes to h...

Real Estate Dominates Political Giving in Utah
Which industry gives the most money in Utah's state and local elections? In 2012, it was real estate interests....

Powell Pushing Dual-Track Path to Primary Ballot
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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....

Featured Items

Lee's Pro-Family Tax Reform Plan
The American Enterprise Institute's James Pethokoukis says the 2016 GOP presidential contenders would be smart to embrace Sen. Mike Lee's proposal to increase the per-child tax credit....

Chaffetz: Naming of Agent an 'Outrage'
Rep. Jason Chaffetz condemns the source behind a Washington Post report that revealed the name of a covert agent who criticized the Obama administration's bungled response to the Benghazi terror attacks....

Why Healthcare.gov Broke: Two Competing Story Lines
This weekend brought more than a modicum of clarity to what happened behind the scenes in the run-up to the Oct. 1 launch of Healthcare.gov....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: In honesty race, marathoner is the anti-Paul Ryan

Federal judge rules UDOT curbed marchers' free speech rights

Bigelow wins West Valley City mayor's race

Incumbent mayors fare well in valley cities

Newcomers abound, but lone incumbent builds lead in SLC race

$495M Jordan school bond loses big

Swallow investigator: Scope of lost data is worst he's ever seen

3 newcomers to join Penfold on Salt Lake City Council

St. George elects new mayor to end 20-year run

Key results in Utah's municipal elections

Deseret News

Incumbent mayors fare well in valley cities

Op-ed: Understanding the Constitution is different than knowing it

Op-ed: Gender identity may change how marriage works

Editorial: Salt Lake County budget proposal is good, but not lean

Missing Swallow records 'deeply worrisome,' committee told

East Carbon, Sunnyside residents approve consolidation of cities

Voters reject $495M Jordan School District bond; smaller bonds succeed

Mayor-elect Ron Bigelow hopes to bring change to troubled West Valley City Police Department

Incumbent mayors fare well in Salt Lake County

Other

Gov. Herbert: It's time to discuss gas tax hike (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: 'Intent to dine' guidelines farcical (Standard-Examiner)

Jack Thomas, exhilarated, wins mayor's office in Park City (Park Record)

National Headlines

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

HHS: Expect outages at HealthCare.gov (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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