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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 11, 2013
Countdown: There are 47 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 195 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 328 days until the 2014 midterm elections, 692 days to the 2015 elections, 756 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses and 1063 until the 2016 presidential election.

On this day in history:

  • Indiana becomes the 19th state in 1816.
  • Britain's King Edward abdicates the throne so he could marry Wallis Warfield Simpson in 1936.
  • Italy withdraws from the League of Nations in 1937.
  • Germany and Italy declare war on the United States, the U.S. responds in kind in 1941.
  • Apollo 17 landed on the moon in 1972.
  • Housing secretary Henry Cisneros is indicted for conspiracy, obstructing justice and making false statements to the FBI in 1997.
  • The United States files the first charges related to the September 11th terrorist attacks against Zacarias Moussaoui in 2001.
  • Bernard Madoff is charged with defrauding clients in what may have been the biggest Wall Street swindle in history in 2008.
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • The Lt. Governor's office is reviewing whether the nine candidates vying to replace former Attorney General John Swallow meet residency requirements for the office [Tribune].
  • A pair of left-leaning political groups are calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to make sure the replacement for Swallow will not run for election to the Attorney General's office in 2014 as a way to help clean up the ethical mess left behind [Deseret News].
  • Attorney General's office spokesperson Paul Murphy is resigning to take a position with Rocky Mountain Power [Fox 13].
  • A committee recommends big pay raises for Utah's statewide elected officials [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Sen. Steve Urquhart says Utah students need better preparation for college level math [Tribune].
  • Sen. Stuart Reid is worried an education task force report on how to improve performance by Utah students may be ignored by lawmakers [Standard-Examiner].
  • Rep. Steve Handy plans a bill appropriating money to help school districts replace school buses with more environmentally friendly models [Standard-Examiner].
  • Salt Lake County officials say the snowplowing help they gave to Cottonwood Heights is a one-time event after a private company that city contracted with for snow removal dropped the ball last week [Tribune].
  • Polling suggests politicians are starting to test the waters in preparation for 2016 [Utah Policy].
  • Animal rights activists say Utah lawmakers passed the so called "ag-gag" law in order to silence them and the law serves no other purpose than that [Deseret News].
  • Gasoline prices are falling in Utah [Tribune].
  • Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis steps down to take the reigns of the New York City FC soccer team [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Committee Says Executive Branch Deserves Pay Hike
A citizen committee charged with recommending pay raises for Utah's five elected statewide officers like governor and attorney general say Herbert et al. should get increases of 36.5 percent next year.But considering that Utah's attorney general just had to resign in disgr...

Chamber to Honor Former Utah Governor as A Giant In Our City
Former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt will be honored as "A Giant In Our City" onApril 10, 2014. The award is presented by the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-serving statewide business association, and is recognized as the mostprestigious business award give...

Utah Candidates Testing the Electoral Waters Ahead of 2016
GOP Gov. Gary Herbert has steadfastly declined to say whether he will run for another four-year term in 2016, saying he'll make that decision later but will proceed with fund raising as if he would run....

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....

Featured Items

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Construction on Salt Lake City International Airport's $1.8 Billion Facelift to Begin in 2014
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Recipients of Governor's Medals for Science and Technology Announced
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Funding with the Future in Mind
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Expand Medicaid to address Utah's mental health needs

Editorial: U.S. economy needs a higher minimum wage

Utah students need better math preparation, lawmaker says

Emails reveal Shurtleff's hot-and-cold ties to accuser

Time for a raise for elected Utah officials, panel says

Paul Rolly: 24-year-old traffic tickets come back to haunt Utah cop

Do all candidates to replace Swallow qualify to be A.G.?

Deseret News

Paul Mero: Non-discrimination laws have a problem

Editorial: No more 'Government Motors'

Political groups call for Gov. Gary Herbert to appoint interim attorney general

Animal rights activists say Utah's 'ag gag' law intends to silence them

Do Utah high school students need four years of math?

Looking beyond the premium is a 2-tiered health system?

Pay increase for Gov. Herbert, other elected execs proposed


Business, government leaders address air quality (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Minimum wage a starter salary (Standard-Examiner)

Layton lawmaker wants to expand school bus replacement process (Standard-Examiner)

Math the 'graveyard' of Utahns trying to graduate from college (Standard-Examiner)

Sen. Stuart Reid hopes education report doesn't get shelved (Standard-Examiner)

Groups urge Gov. Herbert to pick non-political AG replacement (Standard-Examiner)

36 percent raises proposed for governor, other state officials (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

McCain: Obama handshake like Chamberlain-Hitler (The Hill)

Right blasts Obama 'selfie' with other leaders at Mandela memorial service (The Hill)

Kerry sells Iran deal on Capitol Hill (The Hill)

Sen. Johnson: ObamaCare rollout gave GOP its 2014 strategy on 'silver platter' (Fox News)

Texas woman admits to sending ricin-laced letters to Obama, Bloomberg (Fox News)

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez gets engaged (New York Daily News)

Obama brings in former Clinton aide Podesta (USA Today)

Club stays out of John Cornyn-Steve Stockman feud (Politico)

Bipartisan Budget Deal Seen Reached as Lawmakers Fault Accord (Bloomberg)

U.S. justices voice support for air pollution regulation (Reuters)

Government sells last of its GM shares (USA Today)

Why some state-run health exchanges worked (USA Today)

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