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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing
August 13, 2013

How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - Tuesday Edition
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 85 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 169 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 444 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 881 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

It’s primary election day in Utah. Remember to go out and vote!

Welp! Sen. Curt Bramble says representatives of a Utah alarm company gave money to Attorney General John Swallow so they would be on his radar if they ever ran afoul of the law. The company denies there was any quid pro quo arrangement [Tribune].

Utah’s Democrats are demanding Salt Lake County Republican chairman Chad Bennion apologize for suggesting District Attorney Sim Gill’s Indian heritage influenced his decision in a high-profile shooting case involving West Valley City police officers [Tribune].

Karl Rove says Sen. Mike Lee’s plan to shut down the government in order to stop Obamacare would damage the Republican Party [ABC 4].

Some contractors say the Utah Transit Authority may have broken the law to finish rail projects ahead of schedule and under budget [Tribune].

State officials will host a public meeting to examine the costs and benefits fighting the federal government for control of public lands within Utah [Deseret News].

Big wildfires in Utah and Southern Idaho are now the nation’s top firefighting priority [Deseret News].

Utah is facing an unprecedented boom in the instances of Alzheimer’s disease as nearly 17% of residents over the age of 60 report some form of memory loss [Tribune].

Utah will honor the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech with a ceremony on the steps of the state capitol [Deseret News].
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