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Monday, December 16, 2013
What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 16, 2013
On this day in history:
- 42 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
- 190 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 323 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 687 days to the 2015 elections
- 751 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 1058 days to the 2016 presidential election
- The Boston Tea Party took place in 1773
- Grigori Rasputin was assassinated in Russia in 1916
- World War Two's "Battle of the Bulge" began in Belgium in 1944
- Colin Powell was nominated to become the first African-American secretary of state in 2000
- George W. Bush signed the "Can Spam" act, meant to stop junk e-mail, into law in 2003
Today's Utah news highlights:
- A federal judge rules parts of Utah's anti-polygamy law is unconstitutional [Tribune].
- Gov. Gary Herbert says the state will review the anti-polygamy ruling to see what the repercussions may be [Tribune].
- The Utah Republican State Central Committee nominates Sean Reyes, Robert Smith and Brian Tarbet as potential replacements for John Swallow. Gov. Herbert says he hopes to choose one of them to fill the position by the end of this month [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Mark Shurtleff's attorney says Tim Lawson, who is facing six felony charges due to his role as Shurtleff's "fixer" had no special connection to the former Attorney General [Deseret News].
- Those charges against Lawson have observers wondering who will face charges next in the scandal that forced Swallow from office [Tribune].
- The Swallow scandal may prompt Utah lawmakers to take a hard look at "Dark Money" in Utah elections [Utah Policy].
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz is setting tongues wagging because of his plans to visit a number of early presidential primary states [Tribune].
- Sen. Todd Weiler plans legislation next year to exempt nail salons from tough regulations on venting fumes that could force many small salons to close [Standard-Examiner].
- Utah State University alumni seem to be well-placed to help that school secure $7.5 million from the state for their Brigham City campus [Standard-Examiner].
- Utah officials are fast-tracking a plan to allow Union Pacific Railroad to fill a culvert on the Great Salt Lake causeway [Tribune].
- The Jordan School District is proposing some boundary changes to deal with crowded schools after voters rejected a $495 million bond [KSL].
- A newly elected Centerville City Councilwoman says city officials worked against her to influence the outcome of the election [Standard-Examiner].
- The Salt Lake County Housing Authority will close the waiting list for federally subsidized housing in early February [Tribune].
Today At Utah Policy
|U of U Alumni Lay 'Wreaths Across America' In Arlington Cemetery|
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|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....
|Payment Due: The Obamacare Deadline No One Is Talking About|
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|Beijer Electronics Makes Their Move|
TheGovernor's Office of Economic Development(GOED) andBeijer Electronicsannounced plans to expand the Salt Lake City office, a decision that will create 71 new high paying jobs over the next 10 years....
Salt Lake Tribune
Rolly: It's good to be the king here in Utahnistan
Op-ed: U. of U. should keep nickname to encourage awareness of Utes
Op-ed: Don't let slow pace derail immigration reform
Op-ed: Retailers need level playing field of Internet sales tax
Editorial: Utahns right to support imperfect budget deal
Editorial: Nevada pipeline defeat should be a warning for Utah
Should Utah require computer coding before graduation?
Herbert says Utah will review polygamy ruling
Federal judge declares Utah polygamy law unconstitutional
Lawson charges trigger big question: Who's next?
Candidates to replace Swallow are eligible - or soon will be
GOP picks Reyes, Smith and Tarbet as finalists for Utah attorney general
D.C. Notebook: Eyeing a bigger role, Chaffetz hits early primary states
After ruling, polygamy same as it ever was on Utah-Arizona line
S.L. County to cut off wait list for subsidized housing
Former polygamist women critical of plural marriage ruling
Editorial: The NSA needs to be reformed
Editorial: Compromise at last
Editorial: FDA's new rules on antibiotics and cattle are wise
Attorney general candidates likely meet residency requirements
University of Utah students explore ethics of 'big data'
Federal judge overturns part of Utah's law against polygamy
Accused 'fixer' for Shurtleff had no special access to ex-attorney general, attorney says
Minimum wage debate rages on
State GOP Central Committee chooses three attorney general nominees
Poll: Obama's health care law blamed for rising premiums and deductibles, eroding coverage
Editorial: Drunk is drunk, no matter what (Daily Herald)
Lee introduces bill to protect religious liberty (Daily Herald)
Orem mayor reflects on past two years of service (Daily Herald)
Number of K-12 homeless students in Utah drops (Daily Herald)
Op-ed: 'Count My Vote' favors the well-connected (Standard-Examiner)
Bishop, Stewart vote in favor of budget deal; Lee will say no (Standard-Examiner)
Utah nail salons want shield from tough new regulation (Standard-Examiner)
New city council member alleges dirty tricks in Centerville (Standard-Examiner)
Governor's Office honors USU College of Agriculture dean Ken White with medal (Logan Herald Journal)
People with health insurance sour on ObamaCare, poll finds (The Hill)
Tax reformers see hope in deal (The Hill)
Judge strikes down part of Utah polygamy law in 'Sister Wives' case (CNN)
Gun control advocates vow to take fight into 2014 elections, spend millions (Fox News)
SNL lampoons Obama selfie, state surveillance, and Mandela memorial's sign language insanity (The Verge)
Iowa Poll: The early favorites for 2016 presidential race (Des Moines Register)
White House Hires A Crisis Manager, Easing Democratic Worries (KPLU)
Wall of silence surrounds killings by border agents (Coloradan)
Feds: Thousands of ObamaCare web purchases not recorded, incorrect (Fox News)
Last light: Final phaseout of incandescent bulbs coming Jan. 1 (Fox News)
World's E-Waste to Grow 33% by 2017, Says Global Report (Live Science)
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Long Flight Home
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