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Thursday, December 5, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 5, 2013
Countdown:There are 53 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 201 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 334 days until the 2014 midterm elections, 698 days to the 2015 elections, 762 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses and 1069 until the 2016 presidential election.

  • Gov. Gary Herbert unveils his $13 billion budget proposal [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • That budget does not address Medicaid expansion, and Utah Democrats want to know why [ABC 4].
  • Sen. Mike Lee picks up a big endorsement for his 2016 [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart takes a spot on the influential House Appropriations Committee [Tribune].
  • Regulators give the thumbs up to a plan to address winter air pollution along the Wasatch Front [Tribune].
  • Cottonwood Heights officials are not happy with the private company they contracted for snow removal after it was a big bucket of fail during Tuesday's snowstorm [Tribune].
  • Richard Davis says the Utah Attorney General's office should remain elected instead of appointed, despite the John Swallow mess [Deseret News].
  • Utah is one of only three states where top-members of the judiciary don't have to disclose their personal assets [Standard-Examiner].
  • Salt Lake City gets ready to take the wraps off the new Sugar House Streetcar [Tribune].
  • Logan Mayor-elect Craig Petersen resigns from the Cache County Council in order to take his new office [Logan Herald Journal].
  • Utah journalists are joining a Cottonwood Heights man in calling on Canyons School District to release footage of a student altercation involving the man's son [Deseret News].

Today At Utah Policy

Lee Picks Up 2016 Endorsement (Video)
The timing seems a bit strange, but a national Tea Party organization is already endorsing Sen. Mike Lee's re-election bid in 2016.Perhaps it's the rumored big-name challengers lining up to take on Lee 3 years from now.Maybe it's an attempt to shore up Lee's flagging approva...

Herbert's Budget Proposal Casts a Dark Shadow on Utah's Economy
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Utahns Don't Swear Much, But They're Not Very Courteous Either
A company got their hands on recorded customer service phone calls from the past year to determine which states were most likely to curse and which ones minded their "p's and q's."...

Bryan Schott's Political BS: John Swallow and Lessons Not Learned
Now that John Swallow's time as Utah Attorney General has been swept into the dustbin of history, what's the lesson for us?...

Legislative Process Committee Sputters Down the Stretch
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Obama Administration Almost Used the 'Constitutional Option' to Avoid Debt Crisis
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Weekly Survey: How Should We Pick John Swallow's Replacement?
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After Years of Troubles, Largest Student-Loan Servicers Get Stepped-up Oversight
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Caucus delegates tend to be more extreme than voters

Op-ed: Beer industry salutes Utah for ending Prohibition

Editorial: Online sales should be taxed like any other

Questions surround prosecutor seeking to replace Swallow

Paul Rolly: Ben McAdams and Sherrie Swensen save a marriage

Hill Air Force Base receiving new F-35 fighter jets

Lee receives endorsement from Tea Party Express

Utah's Stewart named to powerful Appropriations Committee

Utah regulators OK plan to improve Wasatch Front winter air

Utah gov seeks money for education, prisons, air quality

Judge weighs arguments on Utah's same-sex-marriage ban

New streetcar offers different transit experience

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Don't turn A.G. into an appointed position

Editorial: U.S. schools still separate and unequal

Collecting online sales tax puts Utah lawmakers, businesses at odds

Acting Utah Attorney General Brian Tarbet not ruling out run for top spot

Hill Air Force Base selected to house F-35 fighter jets

Utah too dependent on federal dollars, state auditor warns

Green energy option in Logan points to a need for regulation reform

Tea Party Express endorses Sen. Mike Lee in 2016 race

Air quality improvement plan receives unanimous approval

Gov. Gary Herbert unveils $13.3 billion budget

Sugar House streetcar prepares for public launch

Utah judge could be first to rule on state marriage law since DOMA


Senator looking to increase parental responsibility in schools (Daily Herald)

Herbert makes education top priority for upcoming budget (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Bishop right in fracking tiff (Standard-Examiner)

Hill chosen as first operational base for F-35 (Standard-Examiner)

Gov. Herbert spotlights WSU science building on state budget (Standard-Examiner)

Doug Petersen resigns from county council to prepare for role as Logan mayor (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Dem testifies ObamaCare fix won't work (The Hill)

A quarter of uninsured ready to face ObamaCare fine (The Hill)

Boehner defends 'do nothing' House (The Hill)

Obama Urges Steps to Resolve Income Inequality (Wall Street Journal)

Why Millennials Fell Out of Love With Obama (The Atlantic)

Martin Bashir quits at MSNBC over Palin slur (Fox News)

News Corp appoints former Clinton adviser as chief communications officer (New York Daily News)

U.S. Exports Climb to Record High (Wall Street Journal)

Obamacare uncertainty harming economic rebound, CEOs say (Reuters)

Poll: Millennials No Big Fans of Obamacare (Wall Street Journal)

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