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July 25, 2013

How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - Thursday Edition
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 104 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 188 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 463 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 900 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

The official investigations into John Swallow inch forward [Utah Policy, Tribune].

Greg Skordas, former chief deputy of the Salt Lake County DA’s office, says the allegations against John Swallow really come as no surprise to him [Tribune].

Rep. Rob Bishop says the furloughs at Hill Air Force Base due to sequestration are illegal [Tribune].

Sen. Mike Lee is the the only Republican in the Senate to vote against a measure to keep student loans from doubling [Tribune].

West Valley City Police Department officers will receive “cultural competency” training as part of a larger pact with a number of Latino groups [Tribune].

A Pew survey finds 40% of Mormons in the U.S. live in Utah [Deseret News].

The group seeking an alternative path to Utah’s ballot say a recent fundraising event went so well they plan to move forward at full speed [Deseret News].

Tonight the Hinckley Institute of Politics hosts a televised town hall meeting on how Obamacare will affect Utah [Tribune].

A report from an environmental group labels Arches National Park and Desolation Canyon as “too wild to drill” [Deseret News].

Weirdly, medical marijuana laws in other states are impacting concealed carry permits issued here in Utah [Tribune].

Most Utah divorces were granted in Salt Lake City and Provo, but the statewide number fell in 2012 [Tribune].

Pleasant Grove residents are signing petitions against a proposed 52% property tax hike [Daily Herald].

Longtime Wellington police chief Lee Barry suddenly resigns and city officials are staying mum as to why [Tribune].
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Salt Lake Tribune

Skordas: Swallow's tactics no secret

Dozens of local governments proposing tax hikes

Large law firm to probe Swallow's alleged election violations

West Valley City and Latino groups sign police pact

Utah congressman Rob Bishop says HAFB furloughs are illegal

Town hall meeting seeks to answer Affordable Care Act questions

Residents say Rose Park embodies the American Dream

Mike Lee is only Republican in Senate to oppose student loan deal

NSA's program for surveillance survives first post-leak vote in Congress

Deseret News

Op-ed: Congress should close Guantanamo

Richard Davis: Today's immigrants resemble earlier pioneers

State appoints law firm to investigate Utah Attorney General John Swallow

Groups want judge to stop Salt Lake Tesoro refinery's expansion

Land transaction to protect Utah prairie dog finalized

Arches, Desolation Canyon listed as places 'too wild to drill'

West Valley City, Latino community make plan to improve relations

Count My Vote initiative leader: 'There's nothing that will stop us'


Provo/Google Fiber finalize contract (Daily Herald)

Lt. Governor's office selects firm to investigate Swallow (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Restricting email snoopery (Standard-Examiner)

State economy continues growth (Standard-Examiner)

Ariz. firm selected to investigate Swallow (Standard-Examiner)

Logan mayoral candidates get face time with voters at event (Logan Herald Journal)

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