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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 9, 2013
Countdown: There are 49 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 197 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections, 330 days until the 2014 midterm elections, 694 days to the 2015 elections, 758 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses and 1065 until the 2016 presidential election.

On this day in history:

  • Longtime U.S. House Speaker Tip O'Neill was born in 1912.
  • China declared war against Japan, Germany and Italy in 1941.
  • The anti-communist John Birch Society was formed in 1958.
  • Arizona's Petrified Forest was designated a national park in 1962.
  • Lech Walesa was elected president of Poland in 1990.
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • The House committee investigating John Swallow says they've discovered more data that's gone missing from Swallow's time in office [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Acting Attorney General Brian Tarbet joins the race to permanently replace Swallow [Tribune].
  • Here's a good rundown of the 9 candidates vying to replace Swallow [Publius Online].
  • Utah has issued more than a half-million concealed carry firearm permits, but more than 60% of them have gone to people who don't live here [Tribune].
  • Former Gov. Jon Huntsman pokes fun at his unsuccessful run for president in 2012 [Tribune].
  • Sen. Jim Dabakis is planning legislation to do away with a rule requiring restaurant patrons to dine before the are able to order booze [Tribune].
  • The fight over an online sales tax measure is creating some strange bedfellows [Tribune].
  • 3,000 Utahns who get unemployment insurance may have been affected by a computer data breach [Deseret News].
  • The Utah Board of Education elects Tami Pyfer as their new chairwoman [Tribune].
  • Provo Mayor John Curtis is getting some pushback on a proposed change to the city's towing ordinance [Daily Herald].
  • The State Board of Education will not unveil new guidelines for disciplining teachers until next spring [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City takes the wraps off the new Sugar House Streetcar [Tribune].

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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

Obama to Congress: Back down on Iran (The Hill)

Rand Paul: My wife says 'no' to presidential bid (Christian Science Monitor)

Cellphone data spying: It's not just the NSA (USA Today)

Scott Brown in 'No Hurry' to Decide on NH Senate Run (

Survivors Recall Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor (Associated Press)

Obama taps ex-aide for health care push (USA Today)

President Obama lights National Christmas Tree, with homage to Nelson Mandela (New York Daily News)

Software Patents Get U.S. Supreme Court Review (Bloomberg)

Dollar, global stocks rise as U.S. jobs data boosts taper talk (Reuters)

Supreme Court rejects attempt to block AA-US Airways merger (USA Today)

The One-Day Strike: The New Labor Weapon of Last Resort (TIME)

New Affordable Care US health plans will exclude top hospitals (Financial Times)

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