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August 12, 2013


How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - Monday Edition
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 86 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 170 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 445 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 882 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

The Utah House picks a lawyer who played a key part in the impeachment of president Bill Clinton to assist in their investigation into Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune].

A new book says Mitt Romney nearly pulled the rip cord on his presidential bid before it really got going [Tribune].

Spencer Zwick, one of Romney’s top fundraisers, details what went wrong during Romney’s run that cost him the White House [Deseret News].

Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jim Matheson are catching some heat for not scheduling any public meetings during the summer recess [Tribune].

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill’s announcement that the West Valley City detectives had no reason to shoot and kill an unarmed woman has law enforcement groups hoping he’s ousted in the 2014 election [Tribune].

The Salt Lake City Council will look quite different after this year’s election as three incumbents are retiring [Tribune].

Overstock.com executive vice chairman Jonathan Johnson wants to amend Utah’s Constitution to keep religious organizations from being forced to perform same-sex marriages if they oppose the practice [Deseret News].

Utah Corrections officials warn the state’s prison will reach capacity in the next few years without new construction to handle inmates [KSL].

Nobody has applied for Utah’s new master liquor permits yet, but advocates say it will protect big restaurant chains from future liquor license shortages [Tribune].

The feds once again declare a drought disaster in Utah, and the outlook for the next few years is not much better [Tribune].

Salt Lake County launches a new website to help Utahns navigate the healthcare changes wrought by ObamaCare [Tribune].

Former Salt Lake County Council Chairman Joe Hatch slams the Utah Transit Authority’s plan to cut service and raise rates, saying the agency has been mismanaged [Tribune].

Some are betting on an economic boom from Utah’s massive deposits of oil shale [Tribune].

A new study says Hispanics are turned down for mortgages in Salt Lake County twice as often as white applicants [Tribune].

Sequestration cuts are wreaking havoc with federal grants at Utah’s colleges and universities [Tribune].
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Rolly: Tricky questions in anti-smoking quest

Hatch: Don't buy the UTA spin

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Holladay mayor's race focusing on Cottonwood Mall 'hole'

Salt Lake City voters will remake the City Council for 2014

New book: Romney almost cut short presidential bid

Utah lawmakers raise reading stakes for elementary schools

D.C. Notebook: Huntsman on 2012 GOP field: This is the best we have?

Sequestration cuts millions from university research dollars

West Valley City election issues include boosting business and restoring faith in police

Residents get ear of Congress at town hall meetings

Deseret News

Overstock executive launches campaign to amend Utah Constitution over religious liberty

John Florez: Make the education elephant dance

Lane Beattie: Smart transit key to Utah's economic success today and in future

Jenet and Michael Erickson: How are same-sex and traditional marriage different?

Editorial: 46 tax hikes and citizens live tight so government can breath

Washington, D.C., law firm chosen to advise House committee investigation of John Swallow

New book: Mitt Romney had second thoughts about 2012 run for president

Clean air challenge saves nearly 170,000 vehicle trips, sets new records

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Mitt Romney insider details what went wrong during 2012 presidential campaign

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Editorial: More furlough days trimmed (Standard-Examiner)

Drought affects Utah dairy, cattle farmers (Standard-Examiner)

Furloughs back up traffic at Hill Air Force Base gates (Standard-Examiner)

Utah counties offer relief for prison (Logan Herald Journal)

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