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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing
July 17, 2013

How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - Wednesday Edition
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 112 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 196 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 471 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 908 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

Lawmakers meet today in a special session. Some of the items on the agenda deal directly with the upcoming investigation into Attorney General John Swallow [Utah Policy, Deseret News].

The House investigation into Swallow will be a balancing act with the other entities investigating the embattled Attorney General [Tribune].

Swallow’s lawyers again warn lawmakers they are acting outside their oath of office by investigating Swallow [Fred Cox]. But, Swallow’s lawyers also want the ability to subpoena witnesses even before Swallow is charged with anything [Publius Online].

Rep. Mike Noel is upset his law that prohibits federal officers from exercising police powers in the state is up for repeal in today’s special session [Standard-Examiner].

Here’s what you need to know about today’s special session [Senate Site].

Sen. Aaron Osmond says it’s time to end compulsory education in Utah [Deseret News].

Sen. Orrin Hatch votes in favor of a number of President Obama’s appointments in order to keep the majority Democrats from changing the rules on use of the filibuster [Tribune].

Salt Lake County will pump $350,000 into a public/private partnership to get more kids into preschool this fall [Tribune].

Legislative Democrats are licking their chops over Republicans spending more than $800,000 to get the gray wolf taken off the endangered species list [Utah Policy].

Gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian denies making threats against his ex-wife [Tribune].

Allegations of nepotism are rocking the Weber County Mosquito Abatement District [Standard-Examiner].

The Utah County Health Department wants to slap regulations on indoor trampoline parks because of a rash of injuries being suffered by children [Daily Herald].

The ex-stepdaughter of Brian David Mitchell says she’s getting the runaround from the Salt Lake City Police in her effort to secure the few belongings he left behind after being sentenced to prison [Tribune].
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