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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 10, 2013
Countdown: There are 48 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 196 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 329 days until the 2014 midterm elections, 693 days to the 2015 elections, 757 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses and 1064 until the 2016 presidential election.

On this day in history:

  • Mississippi became the 20th state in the union in 1817.
  • The territory of Wyoming gave women the right to vote and hold office in 1869.
  • President Theodore Roosevelt is the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906.
  • The U.N. General Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
  • The U.S. House approves a plan to bail out Detroit automakers with $14 billion in loans in 2009.
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • A new legal analysis from the Sutherland Institute says Utah's quest to gain control of public lands within its borders may not be as far-fetched as it may sound [Deseret News].
  • Emails show a complicated relationship between former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and convicted fraudster Mark Sessions Jenson [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee says he doesn't see a rift developing between the Tea Party and establishment Republicans [Utah Policy].
  • Utah is set to receive $8.5 million from a drug maker as part of a Medicaid fraud lawsuit settlement [Tribune].
  • The Utah Transit Authority is working with the Salt Lake City Council to expand transit options [Deseret News].
  • Utah health officials warn of swine flu danger this year [Tribune].
  • Former Gov. Mike Leavitt unveils his new book on the subject of building alliances [Deseret News].
  •'s Jonathan Johnson says it's important to get the facts in the debate over taxing online sales [Tribune].
  • A nearly two-decade long fight over a parcel of property in downtown Salt Lake City quietly comes to an end [Tribune].
  • University of Utah president David Pershing says the school will continue a focus on educating undergraduate students [Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake City unveils their plans for the EVE new-year's celebration [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Sen. Mike Lee - Tea Party vs. GOP (video)
Sen. Mike Lee says the media may be overhyping what appears to be a growing rift between the Tea Party elements of the GOP and establishment Republicans....

Jon Huntsman Talks Politics on MSNBC (with video)
MSNBC's Abby Huntsman uses her familial connections to get her father, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, as a guest on the network's midday program....

Mitt Romney Documentary to Premier at Sundance and on Netflix
Netflix will premier a documentary about Mitt Romney's two failed bids for the White House in January....

Utahns Prefer Computers Over Smartphones
Despite a growing number of tech savvy Utahns, the Beehive State is a little bit behind the times when it comes to adopting technology....

Featured Items

Utah Policy Holiday Shoppers Guide: Kickstart Me Up
Yesterday we discussed the board game industry in general, which is seeing a Renaissance of quality and sales despite or perhaps because of the oversaturation of digital entertainment available to families these days....

Salt Lake County Hires New Director of Aging Services
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says Tracey Tabet has been selected as the new Director of Aging Services. Ms. Tabet is currently the administrator for the Utah Children's Justice Center program. She'll join the county in early January."I'm very pleased that Tracey has ac...

World of Spycraft: NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games
Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Life, conducting surveillance and scooping up data in the online games played by millions of people across the globe, according ...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Online sales tax deserves honest debate

Op-ed: Utah's gasoline tax no longer the way to go

Editorial: New Utah air quality rules fall far short of the need

Editorial: Education funding needs governor's leadership

Editorial: Cottonwood Heights experience argues for centralized services

Paul Rolly: Tea party goblins haunt lawmakers, threaten online sales tax

Huntsman jokes about his 'secret' run for president

Swallow findings will get public airing; more data missing

State to get $8.5M in settling Medicaid fraud lawsuit

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What's to be done with a new AG and Medicaid expansion?

Op-ed: Utah needs to expand Medicaid

John Florez: Criminal justice is more than prisons

Editorial: Don't raise the minimum wage

John Swallow lost computer hard drive on airplane, investigators say

Rising popularity of e-cigarettes has educators and lawmakers concerned

Leavitt stresses importance of allies, alliances

Salt Lake City pledges to work with UTA to expand transit reach

Legal analysis supports Utah's law on getting federal land


Researchers: Federal regulations to blame for overtime, extra costs on power project (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: Education the poverty antidote (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Lawmakers hope to make quick strike on $607B defense bill (The Hill)

Cheney on Christie: He's a 'promising figure' (The Hill)

Pickens County sheriff refuses to lower flag for Mandela (Greenville Online)

George Zimmerman's girlfriend wants charges dropped, document says (CNN)

Bob Filner gets probation -- and his secrets are now public record (Los Angeles Times)

18 Charged in Inquiry Into Los Angeles Sheriff's Office (New York Times)

Cellphone firms regularly give data to law enforcement (Boston Globe)

US Tech Companies Urge Curb on Surveillance (Voice of America)

Alan Grayson loses $18M in fraud scheme (Politico)

Poor Are Squeezed as Rental Demand Soars (New York Times)

Fed's Fisher: Time to Taper Fed's Bond Buys Is Now (Wall Street Journal)

High Court Weighs Air Safety vs. Pilot's Reputation (New York Times)

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