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Thursday, November 7, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - November 7, 2013
Countdown: There are 81 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 362 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 789 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • A former business partner of accused fraudster Jeremy Johnson claims he witnessed Johnson give Attorney General John Swallow a bag of cash in 2010 as part of a scheme to bribe Nevada Senator Harry Reid [City Weekly].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says the missing documents in the Swallow investigation are "cause for concern" [Tribune].
  • Swallow's lawyer says his client did not deliberately delete emails to cover up something [Deseret News].
  • The Jordan School District is scrambling to address exploding growth following the failure of a $495 million bond proposal [Deseret News].
  • Jordan School District and Bluffdale officials are trading allegations the other side violated state law during the campaign for that half-billion bond proposal [Tribune].
  • Could 2014 be the year for a gas tax hike to fund transportation projects? [Utah Policy]
  • Southern Utah officials say the government shutdown is a perfect example of why the state needs to take control of federal lands within Utah [Tribune].
  • Mitt Romney says it's a mistake for states to use caucuses and conventions to pick candidates because they limit choice [Tribune].
  • Ogden City Council candidate Turner Bitton says he will not concede the race until the results are made official even though returns show he lost to Doug Stephens on Tuesday [Standard-Examiner].
  • Two Layton city incumbents say they lost on Tuesday because of public backlash against a development project they approved in 2012 [Standard-Examiner].
  • Hyde Park is no longer a "dry" city as residents vote to lift a ban on beer sales [Tribune].
  • The BLM is taking public comment on a plan to boost fees in Grand Staircase -Escalante National Monument [Deseret News].
  • As many as 300,000 Utahns may get a subsidy to purchase health insurance as a part of Obamacare [Deseret News].

Today At Utah Policy

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Calculations and Machinations on Medicaid Expansion
There are some very good reasons Gov. Gary Herbert is taking his sweet time deciding whether or not to accept federal money to expand Medicaid....

Herbert Inches Closer to Calling for Gas Tax Hike
GOP Gov. Gary Herbert walked right up to the edgeTuesdayin calling for an increase in the state gasoline tax.But he stopped short....

Romney's Campaign Computers Were Under Constant Attack from Chinese Hackers in 2012
Here's an interesting tidbit from the new book Double Down about the 2012 presidential campaign. Mitt Romney's servers were under almost constant attack from Chinese hackers....

Working Women Make Significantly Less than Their Male Counterparts
Women still have a long way to go when it comes to equality in the workforce....

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....

Featured Items

The Power of Courage
A few months ago, my 10-year-old son asked me if I knew anyone truly courageous. I had to pause. In a culture consumed with a twerking Miley Cyrus, Norwegians singing about foxes, government shutdowns and other ridiculous behaviors, courage isn't an everyday occurrence....

Weekly Survey: The Missing John Swallow Files
Legislative investigators are trying to figure out what happened to electronic files missing from Attorney General John Swallow's office. Do you believe Swallow's story that the missing files are a big coincidence, or do you think he's trying to cover something up? Vote now....

Lee Faced Hostile Coverage from Trib, D-News
According to a new Media Research Center study, both major Utah newspapers parroted the overwhelmingly negative national media narrative of Sen. Mike Lee's anti-Obamacare/government funding fight....

Utah Foundation Quality of Life Index: 2013 Edition Shows Concerns About Jobs, K-12 Education, and Air Quality
Utah Foundation today released its second biennial report on quality of life within the state of Utah....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-Ed: Election shows West Valley City on right path

Editorial: Bond failure shows Jordan needs better plan to address growth

Health secretary: Obamacare site needs 'couple of hundred' fixes

Southern Utah officials call for state control of federal lands

Voters OK beer sales in Utah's Hyde Park

Incumbent mayors fare well in valley cities

Herbert says missing A.G. docs a cause for concern

They're 'on the road again' in Bingham Canyon Mine

Mitt Romney backs primaries over caucuses, conventions

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Like the Red Sox, Democrats can win again in Utah

BLM seeks comment on draft business plan in southern Utah

Hyde Park voters say yes to alcohol sales

UTA seeking public comment on 2014 budget

Jordan School District looking toward housing alternatives in wake of bond failure

Up to 300,000 Utahns qualify for tax subsidies for health insurance premiums

Attorney General John Swallow didn't delete emails to hide anything, lawyer says

Media interest in 'Mormon Moment' slows, deepens


Curtis soars to victory and second term in Provo (Daily Herald)

Brunst elected new Orem mayor (Daily Herald)

Turnout low once again in city elections (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Utah's nominating process: Different is good (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Food stamps cut appropriate (Standard-Examiner)

Stevenson takes Layton mayor's seat (Standard-Examiner)

Did political action committee influence Layton election? (Standard-Examiner)

Cache school bond appears to have passed by razor-thin margin (Logan Herald Journal)

Petersen wins Logan mayor's race (+other valley results) (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Dems grill Sebelius on O-Care (The Hill)

Sebelius: ObamaCare enrollment numbers will be 'quite low' (The Hill)

Republicans, Democrats claim different kinds of victories (McClatchy)

De Blasio Takes His First Steps to Reshape New York (New York Times)

Duggan seeks to carve out role as Detroit's next mayor (Detroit News)

Felons could have been hired as ObamaCare 'navigators,' Sebelius tells Senate panel (Fox News)

Supreme Court hears case on N.Y. town's practice of opening meetings with a prayer (Washington Post)

Houston voters reject a plan to save Astrodome (USA Today)

Marijuana 's tax potential attracting new allies (Associated Press)

Husband vs. wife in Maine election: Who won? (Christian Science Monitor)

$15 hour minimum wage surges to early election lead in SeaTac, WA (KVI-Radio)

Insurers urged to extend policies past year's end (MSN Money)

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