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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 2, 2013
Countdown: There are 56 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 204 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 337 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 764 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says his office will not take any further legal action against John Swallow as a result of election law violations [Tribune].
  • Swallow and two other employees in the Attorney General's office received bonuses totaling $10,000 this year [City Weekly].
  • The Swallow fiasco will give new life to the debate over whether the Attorney General should be appointed [Tribune].
  • What are the next steps for John Swallow and the various ongoing investigations? [Tribune]
  • Sen. Curt Bramble uses inspiration from a trip to Estonia to propose changes to Utah's system for nominating candidates [Tribune].
  • Aimee Winder Newton, outgoing West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder's sister, announces her candidacy to replace David Wilde on the Salt Lake County Council [Tribune].
  • Bluffdale gave a sweetheart deal on water rates to the NSA Data Center in order to lure the facility [Tribune].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop takes the head of the National Park Service over fracking [Standard-Examiner].
  • State officials will investigate two winning Centerville candidates over alleged campaign finance violations [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake County Council takes steps to prepare for the next federal government shutdown [Tribune].
  • Layton Mayor Steve Curtis passes away unexpectedly at the age of 58 [Tribune].
  • Josh Romney is the first on the scene of a car accident in Holladay Thursday night [Tribune].
  • Editorial: Gov. Herbert's budget proposal lets down education [Tribune].
  • UTOPIA officials claim they are on the verge of announcing a major partnership, which is why they are making elected officials sign non-disclosure agreements before briefing them on the fiber optic network's future plans [Standard-Examiner].
  • West Jordan Mayor Melissa Johnson is leaving office to avoid becoming a career politician [Deseret News].
  • The Utah Board of Education is considering new guidelines for punishing teachers who misbehave [Tribune].
  • Rep. Carol Spackman Moss proposes legislation granting some legal immunity for people who notify police about a drug overdose [Tribune].
  • Sen. Aaron Osmond unveils his proposal for overhauling Utah's compulsory education laws [Utah Policy].

Today At Utah Policy

Love Knocks Matheson, Talks Immigration
As we round the corner toward the 2014 midterms, Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love is once again garnering media attention in her second bid to unseat Rep. Jim Matheson in Utah's 4th Congressional District....

Western Energy Boom Brings Crime With It
The oil boom in the western U.S. has an unintended consequence - skyrocketing crime rates....

Should We End Presidential Term Limits?
New York University professor Jonathan Zimmerman suggests repealing the 22nd Amendment would be a big step forward in making the presidency more effective....

Congressional Approval Falls to 6%
Oh, ugh! A new poll shows just how unpopular Congress is right now....

Josh Romney Catches Heat for Posting 'Selfie' from Car Crash
Josh Romney, son of Mitt and rumored future Utah political candidate, helped pull the victims of a car crash to safety on Friday night in Holladay. That good deed has become the subject of derision online after Romney posted a picture of him grinning in front of the wrecked ...

Featured Items

Next Steps for Choice and Accountability in Public Education
After 3 months of careful research and conversation with education leaders and other experts across the state, I am now prepared to share my high-level proposed solutions to modify our current compulsory education law. The goal of these proposals is to:Reaffirm our societal ...

New Pollution Regs Threaten Utah's Coal Country
Environmentalists and their allies in the Obama administration want to shut down America's coal industry, threatening the very existence of mining towns like Price, Utah, reports The New York Times....

The IRS Moves to Limit Dark Money - But Enforcement Still a Question
The IRS and Treasury Department announced proposed guidelines clarifying the definition of political activities for social welfare nonprofits Tuesday afternoon, a move that could restrict the spending of the dark money groups that dumped more than $254 million of anonymous m...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Senator introduces an inflammatory idea: Compromise

Editorial: Democrats' special election idea is intriguing, but Cox makes right call

Editorial: Governor's budget lets education down, again

Editorial: UTA needs to face its transparency fears

Editorial: Water rulings show Utah not worthy of making its own choices

Utah town gave NSA a deal on water

Paul Rolly: What Utah politicians should be thankful for

Layton Mayor Steve Curtis dies overnight

County prepares for the next federal shutdown

How threatened is Uinta Basin's rare desert flower?

Young, skeptics key to Obamacare success - or failure

Swallow saga gives boost to idea of appointing attorney general

Utah may try to cut OD deaths with 'good Samaritan' law

Paul Rolly: Finally, a test to keep Utah kids safe from leftists

What's next in the Swallow saga?

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What lessons can we learn from the John Swallow saga?

James Hansen: Senators need term limits

John Florez: State government should invest in people, not process

Editorial: Cities vs. panhandlers: People asking for money is hurting businesses

FTC seeks judgment in fraud case against St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson

Lt. Gov. won't pursue civil complaint against Utah Attorney General John Swallow

Judge upholds state engineer's decision on nuclear power plant water

Lake Powell Pipeline gets financing reality check

Layton Mayor Steve Curtis dies unexpectedly at age 58

'Little Bulldog' will take a break; the housewife and mother who became mayor


Editorial: A foolish anti-smoking proposal (Standard-Examiner)

Bishop takes on NPS director over fracking claim (Standard-Examiner)

Layton Mayor Steve Curtis dies unexpectedly (Standard-Examiner)

UTOPIA officials bullish about possible major partnership (Standard-Examiner)

Legislature asked to tighten divorce orientation requirement (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden's cycling industry capital goal gains traction (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County does post-mortem on mailed-ballot system (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Is President Obama a lame duck already? (CBS News)

Republican doctors running for Congress amid ObamaCare rollout fiasco (The Hill)

Plouffe: May be years before ObamaCare works 'really well' (The Hill)

P.J. O'Rourke: The Boomer Bust (Wall Street Journal)

Jimmy Carter's legacy hovers over grandson's run (Politico)

Inside the Race to Rescue a Health Care Site, and Obama (New York Times)

White House claims success on repairs (USA Today)

Some states see fight for right to same-sex divorce (Fox News)

Feinstein and Rogers say terrorism threat to US is increasing (Guardian)

Death penalty for Boston bomber a complicated question (Detroit Free Press)

Iran to build 2nd nuclear power plant in Bushehr: president (Xinhua)

Japan Questions China's Policing of Defense Zone (Wall Street Journal)

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