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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing
July 29, 2013

How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - Monday Edition
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 100 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 184 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 459 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 896 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

If you’re confused by all the twists and turns in the controversy surrounding embattled Attorney General John Swallow, here’s a fantastic primer [Tribune].

The backers of a change to how Utah nominates political candidates reports raising $70,000 so far [Tribune].

Rich McKeown, the head of the Count My Vote initiative, sits down with Rich Piatt to discuss their plans [KSL].

Sen. Mike Lee is wearing criticism over his threats to shut down the government in order to stop Obamacare like a badge of honor [Tribune].

Sen. Orrin Hatch is having trouble finding allies in his plan to re-write the tax code [Tribune].

Paul Rolly attempts to decode the political enigma that is Sen. Aaron Osmond [Tribune].

Pignanelli and Webb chew over Osmond’s suggestion the state end compulsory education [Deseret News].

John Florez is less than enamored with Osmond’s suggestion [Deseret News].

Defense contractor L3 is hoping employees will take a buyout offer ahead of another round of layoffs due to budget cuts [Tribune].

Former U.S. Senate candidate Christopher Stout slams the UTA’s request for more sales tax funding [Tribune].

Utah schools are struggling after a big cut in federal Title I funds [Tribune].

Data suggests June and July may have been the hottest on record for the Salt Lake Valley [Tribune].

Those high temperatures are wreaking havoc on the state’s reservoirs [Deseret News].
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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: UTA's unworkable system

Rolly: The two faces of Aaron Osmond

Editorial: UTA's tax plans: Agency needs an image makeover

Senators hesitant to help Hatch reform tax code

Environmentalists fight BLM oil shale plan

Mike Lee calls Obamacare shutdown criticism a 'compliment'

New healthy lunch rule meets pushback in Utah schools

Rolly: What if Harry Reid had seen the real Mike Lee in 2005?

Title I cuts: Less technology, fewer teachers in Utah schools

Navigating the maze: A guide to the John Swallow controversy

Deseret News

John Florez: So which kids are worth saving?

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Sen. Osmond discusses education and we'd like to join

Op-ed: Unbanked Utahns could lose out under the Affordable Care Act

Editorial: SkiLink hits a snag

Editorial: Recent tactics used to get around rule of law a long-term threat

Sens. Hatch, Baucus look to rewrite tax code from scratch, promise 50 years of secrecy

Salt Lake leaders highlight local efforts to clean the air, contribute to healthier communities

Sen. Lee taking 'last shot' at defeating Obamacare


Editorial: Congress should respect Obamacare (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Defending state laws (Standard-Examiner)

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"There is no strong performance without a little fanaticism in the performer." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson [Quote Garden]
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Birth Certificate
"Everybody is still talking about the other baby, the royal baby. In fact, I saw that President Obama released a statement congratulating Prince William and Kate Middleton on the birth of their son. Then he said, 'And whatever you do – hang on to that birth certificate.'" –Jimmy Fallon [Political Humor]
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