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Friday, December 6, 2013

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 6, 2013
Countdown: There are 52 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 200 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 333 days until the 2014 midterm elections, 697 days to the 2015 elections, 761 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses and 1068 until the 2016 presidential election.

  • Utahns reflect on the extraordinary life of South African leader Nelson Mandela [Tribune].
  • Former Attorney General John Swallow left office with $150,000 in his campaign accounts which he could use to pay his legal bills [Deseret News].
  • Former Rep. Fred Cox holds a "meet and greet" for those candidates hoping to replace Swallow [Fred Cox 4 Utah].
  • Bob Bernick says Swallow's fall is a first for Utah [Utah Policy].
  • A study says booze sales are big business in Utah [Tribune].
  • Sen. Lyle Hillyard weighs in on the factors that will shape Utah's budget for next year [Utah Policy].
  • Utah lawmakers and school officials are worried about the growing popularity of e-cigarettes [KSL].
  • Sen. Diedre Henderson wants to establish a dress code for Utah Senators, but she is holding back on divulging details [Standard-Examiner].
  • A former worker for Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been accused of lying about his military service to receive benefits from the VA [Deseret News].
  • Utah leaders hail the opening of the new Sugar House Streetcar [Tribune].
  • The Emery County Attorney's office is now considering whether to file criminal charges against two men who damaged a rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park [Tribune].
  • Utah health officials say the federal Obamacare website is allowing more Utahns to sign up for healthcare [Deseret News].
  • Cottonwood Heights will get help from Salt Lake County in clearing snow from their roads after a private company contracted to do the job failed miserably after Tuesday's storm [Tribune].
  • A group of Utah school children invite President Obama to visit the state [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert names Marty Carpenter as his new director of communication [Utah Policy].

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Good Night (Not So) Sweet Prince
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Governor Names New Director of Communication
Governor Gary R. Herbert has named Marty Carpenter to his senior staff as director of communication....

2014 Budget - There's Always More Need than Money
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Weekly Survey: How Should We Pick John Swallow's Replacement?
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Provo, SLC Top 'Best Performing Cities' List
The Milken Institute puts both Provo and Salt Lake City in the top five of its annual list of best performing cities in America....'s Mysterious New Number: '834'
Now that the front-end ofHealthCare.govappears to be working properly, the media's focus is quickly shifting to the back-end systems that are supposed to provide insurance companies with accurate information about consumers enrolling in their plans....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: New Utah air quality rules fall far short of the need

Rolly: Tea partyers go wild with PB&J and godless democracies

Tech, teacher bonuses, data help transform Utah middle school

Cottonwood Heights to use govt plows after privatization complaints

Gov. Herbert appoints new communication director

Utah health official bans Gardasil, stirring controversy

New streetcar hailed for delivering development

Deseret News

Op-ed: Find a worthy attorney general

Natalie Gochnour: Gov. Gary Herbert's budget hits the mark

Editorial: Earmarks are becoming a concern in Utah's budget

Chamber spokesman named Gov. Gary Herbert's communications director

Ex-congressional staffer lied about war injuries to get VA benefits, prosecutors say

U.S. education secretary praises school improvement efforts at Northwest Middle

Former Attorney General John Swallow left office with $150K in campaign account

Federal website fixes allowing more Utahns to enroll in health care


Homeless in Utah Co. have few places to shelter from the cold (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Ogden's cycling niche (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmaker suggests dress code for all Utah senators (Standard-Examiner)

Utah small businesses stroll Avenue H for health insurance (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County mulls 5 percent raise in property taxes intead of 10 percent (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Gallup: Hispanics split with Obama (The Hill)

Millennials Abandon Obama and Obamacare (National Journal)

Obamacare Site For Congressional Staffers Crashes (Townhall)

White House reverses, says Obama met uncle and lived with him during law school (Reuters)

Massive NSA cellphone-tracking program snares some Americans, too (Christian Science Monitor)

Challenge for New York's new top cop: Refine tactics, keep results (Reuters)

Fallin order supports divisive education standards (Associated Press)

GOP men tutored in running against women (Politico)

Economy in U.S. Grows at 3.6% Rate on Bigger Inventories (Bloomberg)

Jobless claims drop to near 6-year low (Deseret News National)

Obama to Feds: Boost Renewable Power 20 Percent (Associated Press)

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