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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 17, 2013


  • 41 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 189 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 322 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 686 days to the 2015 elections
  • 750 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1057 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
  • France recognized American independence in 1777
  • Simon Bolivar died in Columbia in 1830
  • The Wright brothers made the first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. in 1903
  • The U.S. Army ended it's policy of holding Japanese-Americans in internment camps in 1944
  • The U.S. Air Force terminated it's investigation into UFO's, labeled "Project Blue Book," in 1969
  • The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed by the U.S., Canada and Mexico in 1992
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died in 2011

Today's Utah news highlights:
  • Ick! Air quality in Northern Utah is among the worst in the nation today [Daily Herald].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert met with all three candidates to replace John Swallow as Attorney General. He says he hopes to make a decision by Christmas [Tribune].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says he will back a compromise budget deal currently under consideration in Congress [Tribune].
  • The LDS Church releases an essay on polygamy following a federal judge's ruling that parts of Utah's laws prohibiting the practice are unconstitutional [Tribune].
  • Social conservatives blast the polygamy ruling, saying it's a serious threat to the institution of marriage [KSL].
  • Many members of Congress, including Utah's Jim Matheson, are paying more for health insurance because of Obamacare [Tribune].
  • Sen. Steve Urquhart says the fate of his proposed statewide non-discrimination legislation may hinge on what the LDS Church says, or doesn't say, about the measure [Standard-Examiner].
  • The Utah Education Association fires lobbyist and former legislator Kory Holdaway [Deseret News].
  • The University of Utah is exploring the use of free online textbooks for classes [Tribune].
  • Further sequestration budget cuts could hit Utah housing programs hard next year [Standard-Examiner].
  • A former inspector for the Heber Valley Railroad alleges he was fired because of his complaints about safety issues to inspectors [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Bernick and Schott on Politics: The Top Utah Political Stories of 2013 - #8
Big layoffs at the Tribune. The Deseret News becomes the dominant partner in the joint operating agreement with the Trib. The big changes on Utah's media landscape are the #8 Utah political story of 2013....

Obama Losing Support from Younger Voters
A new poll suggests millennial voters are unhappy with the way President Obama has handled the botched rollout of the Obamacare website....

Utah Housing Market on the Rise
Utah home prices jumped nearly 12% over the past year according to data from the Utah Department of Workforce Services....

'Dark Money' Scrutiny May Come From Swallow Probe
The political ghost of former AG John Swallow may well pass over the 2014 Legislature and a few legislative races next year....

Bernick and Schott on Politics: The Top Utah Political Stories of 2013 - #9
For the first time ever, a statewide non-discrimination ordinance based on a person's sexual orientation passes out of a legislative committee.That event is Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick's #9 Utah political story of 2013....

Featured Items

Utah House Republicans are Hiring
The House Majority Caucus is looking for a Communications Director for the upcoming legislative session....

When Lenders Sue, Quick Cash Can Turn Into a Lifetime of Debt
Five years ago, Naya Burks of St. Louis borrowed $1,000 from AmeriCash Loans. The money came at a steep price: She had topay back $1,737 over six months....

Inbound Trade Mission Cements Relationship Between Utah and Israel's Infinidat
Not all Utah trade missions have to result in increased exports to foreign trading partners. Some focus as much on opening a pipeline to bring foreign companies to the Beehive State....

Hiring for Success
Utah has heeded the cry from local businesses to find a better way to measure hard to quantify skills in the workforce through its investment in the ACT Certified Work Ready Communities infrastructure....

Hatch to Support Budget Compromise
Sen. Orrin Hatch announces his intent to vote for the bipartisan budget deal, arguing that the agreement isn't perfect "but sometimes the answer has to be yes."...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Judge wise to leave 'Sister Wives' family alone

Paul Rolly: New political party quotes Mormon prophets

Conservatives say Utah polygamy ruling confirms their worst fears

Hatch on budget deal: 'Sometimes the answer has to be yes'

Utahns push for more changes to military sex assault protocol

Herbert has initial interviews with finalists for A.G. job

Obamacare forces Congress to pay more for insurance

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Questions we've been asked over a decade of writing

Op-ed: Medicaid expansion forces charity

Kirk Jowers: Mike Lee will change the tea party

Editorial: Nevada judge gets it right in water dispute with Utah

Utah Education Association fires former lawmaker Kory Holdaway as lobbyist

Utah tops nation for voluntarism 8 years running


Utah polygamy ruling raises few eyebrows (Daily Herald)

Lawmaker: LDS Church may play role in anti-discrimination bill (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Boehner, Ryan lobby Senate GOP on budget plan (Politico)

Machiavelli With Malaprops (Politico)

Packed schedule to test bipartisanship (The Hill)

Obama a 'corporatist' says Schweitzer (The Hill)

Are members of Congress honest? Poll says nope (USA Today)

Sen. Lamar Alexander's fired chief of staff Ryan Loskarn to be released on bail (Politico)

Paul Ryan wins Iowa poll! What's that mean for 2016? (Christian Science Monitor)

Budget Deal Lauded by Lawmakers Belies U.S. Fiscal Rigors (Bloomberg)

NSA official raises possibility of amnesty for Edward Snowden (Washington Post)

Judge: Unions Can Appeal Detroit Banktruptcy Ruling (Fox News)

LDS Church, US Government Swap Positions on Polygamy (Religion Dispatches)

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