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Thursday, December 12, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 12, 2013
Countdown:There are 46 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 194 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 327 days until the 2014 midterm elections, 691 days to the 2015 elections, 755 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses and 1062 until the 2016 presidential election.

On this day in history:

  • 1787 - Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution
  • 1870 - South Carolina's Joseph Rainey becomes the first African American member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1998 - The House Judiciary Committee approves a fourth article of impeachment against President Bill Clinton
  • 2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court stopped the Florida presidential election recount, Making George W. Bush the president-elect.
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • The candidates hoping to become Utah's next Attorney General debate ahead of Saturday's Utah Republican State Central Committee meeting [Tribune].
  • Brent Ward drops out of the race to succeed John Swallow because he may not meet the residency requirements for the job [Tribune].
  • Brett Rawson, one of those vying to replace Swallow, has been spending much more money on his campaign than the other candidates in the field [Holly on the Hill].
  • Sen. Todd Weiler wants organizations or lobbyists who are trying to influence the appointment of mid-term vacancies to disclose their spending for that purpose [Standard-Examiner].
  • Some lawmakers are expressing frustration over the slow pace of the group studying the feasibility of moving the state prison [Tribune].
  • Editorial: Utah should cap the number of concealed carry permits the state grants to out-of-state applicants [Standard-Examiner].
  • Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Jason Chaffetz are on opposite sides of the budget deal under discussion in Congress [Daily Herald].
  • Lawmakers may consider changing the timing of a mandatory course for parents considering divorce [Tribune].
  • The Legislature is mulling a plan to create a new office to help lawmakers interact with constituents [Utah Policy].
  • The Utah Transit Authority draws praise and criticism during a Congressional hearing on transit projects [Tribune].
  • Energy developers are conducting seismic testing in the Escalante Valley near the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument [Tribune].
  • A court rejects an effort by Las Vegas to pump rural groundwater to that city [Tribune].
  • The head of the NSA tells a Senate committee their collection of metadata, some of which may be stored at their massive data center in Utah, is a valuable tool in fighting terrorism [Tribune].
  • University of Utah students protest over speculation that the schools officer in charge of diversity had been asked to resign [Tribune].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Energy developers shake up Utah's Escalante Valley over oil

Ward drops out of A.G. race over residency questions

NSA head says metadata program key tool against terrorism

More rail vs. more buses? UTA seen as both good, bad example

Court rejects LasVegas groundwater rights to rural valleys

Prison committee wants consultant to move faster

WVC police chief orders audit of criminal cases filed in past year

AG candidates agree: Office needs change and they're best fit for the job

SLC wants a transit system that works for everyone

Deseret News

Gov. Herbert, other Western governors gather in Vegas to talk land use, fires

Murray to honor outgoing Mayor Dan Snarr

Utah gas prices among lowest in nation

Brent Ward withdraws from race to fill Utah A.G. vacancy

Candidates to replace Swallow agree: It's time to clean house


Lee, Chaffetz split on budget deal in Congress (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Cap out-of-state gun permits (Standard-Examiner)

Davis legislator proposes lobbyist disclosure requirements (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County Council OKs 2014 budget; measure includes 5 percent property tax increase (Logan Herald Journal)

Group asks Cache County to join effort to put federal land under state control (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

John Boehner: Conservative Groups' Reaction to Budget Deal Is 'Ridiculous' (National Journal)

Hill staffers warned not to rely on info from ObamaCare exchange (The Hill)

Poll: Public wants more sanctions on Iran (The Hill)

Ryan budget deal gets positive review at closed-door Republican conference (The Hill)

Republicans Back Budget Deal Easing U.S. Spending Cuts (Bloomberg)

Critics say congressional budget deal falls short (CBS News)

House to vote Thursday on budget deal (USA Today)

De Blasio Says He Will Move to Gracie Mansion (New York Times)

US healthcare site below target despite increased enrolment (BBC News)

Cornyn: Stockman's fascinating, but not formidable (Associated Press)

Volcker Rule reins in banks' riskiest trading (USA Today)

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