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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 13, 2013
Countdown: There are 45 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 193 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 326 days until the 2014 midterm elections, 690 days to the 2015 elections, 754 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses and 1061 until the 2016 presidential election.

On this day in history:

  • The Philadelphia Mint began producing the Susan B. Anthony dollar in 1978.
  • Al Gore conceded the presidential election to George W. Bush in 2000.
  • Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces near the town of Tikrit in 2003.
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • Bombshell! Six felony charges are filed against Tim Lawson, Mark Shurtleff's "fixer" for obstruction of justice, threatening witnesses and tax evasion [Tribune, City Weekly].
  • Here's a timeline of Lawson's activities leading up to the charges [Tribune].
  • All four of Utah's House members vote in favor of a bi-partisan budget deal [Tribune].
  • A Legislative task force suggests Utah could use public money to buy private insurance for poor residents instead of opting into Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  • Utah Rep. Derek Brown is resigning from the Legislature to take a job as Sen. Mike Lee's deputy chief of staff [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Former State Rep. Brad Galvez passes away from cancer [Standard-Examiner].
  • Bob Bernick says the exit of Pat Jones and Stuart Reid from the Legislature following the 2014 Session will be a big loss for Utah [Utah Policy].
  • New Census numbers show Summit County as Utah's wealthiest while Piute is the poorest [Tribune].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart gets an appointment to the powerful House Appropriations Committee [Deseret News].
  • There are no raises for employees or new taxes in the 2014 Davis County $104 million budget [Standard-Examiner].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joins other mayors from across the nation in presenting their list of critical issues facing urban areas [Tribune].
  • Two environmental groups may sue the Washington County Water Conservancy District for potentially harming two endangered fish species because they're taking too much water out of the Virgin River [KUTV].




Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
In just five weeks the Utah Legislature will meet for its annual 45-day session.And while a yet-unknown number of the 104 part-time lawmakers will decide not to seek re-election in 2014, we've already been told that two respected senators won't be coming back in 2015....

Sen. Lee Likens Obama to the Queen of England
Yikes. Sen. Mike Lee took a shot at President Obama on the Senate floor on Thursday, comparing him to the Queen of England....

The U.S. Ambassador to Finland Has the Most Amazing Christmas Card Ever
The U.S. Ambassador to Finland wins the holidays this year with his Christmas card.Ambassador Bruce Oreck sent out this card. Simply marvel at the awesomeness:Just for reference, here's last year's card:...

Tea Party Group Wants to Target Chaffetz, Stewart in 2014
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC have included Utah Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart on a list of GOP incumbents they would like to see challenged by Tea Party candidates in 2014....

Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics: The Top Utah Political Stories of 2013 - #10
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott count down the top Utah political stories of 2013.Coming in at #10 - Governor Gary Herbert puts the kibosh on a deal to send water from Utah's Snake Valley to Las Vegas....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Lift of the week: High Meadow at Canyons Resort--Tribune: Audubon Christmas Counts are for the birds--Tribune:Elk Festival helps kick off sleigh rides at Hardware Ranch--Tribune:Utah weather radar detects huge wave of migrating swans-- For thelatest wi...

Ivory Takes Sovereignty Movement to Montana
Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory urges Montana lawmakers to join his effort to require the transfer of federal lands to the states....

U of U Alumni in DC Laying 'Wreaths Across America' to Honor Veterans This Season
Traditional Christmas colors are red and green, but this year a group of University of Utah alumni are hoping to make the season as red as they can....

Lee Names Derek Brown as Deputy Chief of Staff/State Director
Senator Mike Lee announced that current Utah State Representative Derek Brown has accepted the position of Deputy Chief of Staff and State Director for the senator's office....

Weekly Survey: The Top Utah Political Stories from 2013
What were the top stories in Utah politics from the past year? John Swallow resigns? Greg Bell steps down? Vote now in our weekly survey.Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire tool....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: The next attorney general should not be campaigning

Becker joins fellow mayors to unveil cities' wish list

Utah lawmaker to resign, work for Mike Lee

Summit County has wealthiest Utahns, Piute the poorest

Shurtleff's 'fixer' slapped with six felonies

Utah may substitute full Medicaid expansion with private insurance

Utah lawmakers hold noses, vote for budget deal

Divorce 101: Change proposed in Utah divorce class

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Utah inversions - 100 years later the only thing different is the 'solution'

Dan Liljenquist: Detroit is sending a message to all union leaders

Editorial: Refinery should be allowed to expand

Rep. Chris Stewart appointed to House Appropriations Committee

State Rep. Derek Brown resigning to join Sen. Mike Lee's staff

Utah congressmen support bipartisan budget

Report: Salt Lake City's homelessness efforts making gains but food needs still unmet

Collaborative or competitive? Performance pay contributed to success at Northwest Middle School

Senators introduce bill to protect religious opponents to gay marriage from losing tax-exempt status

Charges filed against 'fixer' in ongoing investigation of Shurtleff, Swallow

Other

Op-ed: Selling our birthright for a mess of pottage (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Christmas play was not racist (Standard-Examiner)

No shockers in 2014 Davis County budget (Standard-Examiner)

New Utah education group plan ignites data concerns (Standard-Examiner)

Specialist: Health insurance sign-ups easier to navigate with agents (Logan Herald Journal)

Robotic rsums: Utah lt. governor, students tour Autoliv factory to highlight high-tech training grant (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Obama health care promise named 'Lie of the Year' (NBC News)

House Approves Budget and Defense Bills (New York Times)

Congressmen Want to Bring Obama to Court for Not Faithfully Executing Laws (Weekly Standard)

White House Press Corp Angrily Confronts Press Secretary Over Lack Of Access (BuzzFeed)

Pelosi on budget deal: 'Embrace the suck' (New York Post)

Senate bill would end pricey portraits (The Hill)

HHS extends another ObamaCare deadline (The Hill)

Ryan: Elections have consequences (The Hill)

Boehner hits tea party groups as budget vote nears (Associated Press)

Judge rules charter schools can move forward (Associated Press)

Ex-Senator Gregg Steps Down as Head of Top Wall Street Lobby (Bloomberg)





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