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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing
August 14, 2013


How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - Wednesday Edition
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 84 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 168 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 443 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 880 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

Tuesday's primary election results:

Ron Bigelow and Karen Lang advance in the contest for West Valley City Mayor [Tribune].

Ted Eyre and David Wilde will face off in November to replace outgoing Murray Mayor Dan Snarr [Tribune].

Some close races, and some not-so-close, to determine the finalists for Salt Lake City Council [Tribune].

Other important non-election happenings:

The Utah House looks to hire some investigators to assist their probe into embattled Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune].

Chad Elie, who served time in prison for his role in processing illegal online poker payments, makes some allegations about inappropriate money funneling between Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow [City Weekly].

Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Presidential Exploratory Committee officially shuts down after being inactive for more than a decade [Tribune].

A legal brief says Utah has a “sovereign” right to prohibit same-sex marriage. Three couples are challenging Amendment 3, which bars the unions, in federal court [Tribune].

Park City residents rally to urge Rep. Rob Bishop to vote in favor of immigration reform [Tribune].

Brigham City Mayor Dennis Fife pleads guilty to disorderly conduct after charges were filed against him by Councilwoman Ruth Jensen because of a June altercation between the two [Tribune].

Daniel Burton says Salt Lake County GOP Chair Chad Bennion was looking to score cheap political points when he called SLCO District Attorney Sim Gill a “cop hater” [Publius Online]. 

A new study says binge drinking in Utah costs the state $1.5 billion annually in lost productivity and health problems [Tribune].

Gas prices in Utah are among the highest in the nation [Tribune].

West Valley City and Salt Lake City are fighting over who gets to claim the 84118 zip code [Tribune].
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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Sleep patterns: Recognize that teens are different

Utah pays high cost for binge drinking ills

House looks to hire investigators for Swallow probe

Brigham City mayor pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

Primary elections: Out with old, in with new in Murray, one of many cities to pick candidates

Park City leaders urge 'pathway to citizenship'

Primary elections: Incumbent, seven newcomers advance in Salt Lake City Council races

Utah: State has 'sovereign' right to bar same-sex marriages

Utah's Hatch officially ends White House bid

Primary elections: Lang, Bigelow go on in West Valley City mayoral race

Utah primary elections: Unofficial returns

West Valley City, Salt Lake County in tug of war over 84118

Regence BlueCross BlueShield bows out of Utah's health exchange

Deseret News

Op-ed: A shutdown would protect liberty

Richard Davis: Will Obama be able to restore the middle class?

Editorial: Test scores

Bigelow advances in West Valley City mayoral race

Vote tallies from Utah municipal primary elections

Municipal matchups take shape following primary election

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2013 Primary Elections Results (Daily Herald)

Nichols takes top spot in Orem mayoral campaign (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: DOD to Hill: Slow compensation or watch readiness fall (Standard-Examiner)

Davis County primary results: Layton sees good voter turnout (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County election results: Uintah sees highest turnout (Standard-Examiner)

County, Park City to work with Wasatch (Park Record)

Andy Beerman's 'cool' quote could heat up mayoral campaign (Park Record)

Butwinski, Wintzer, Matsumoto, Henney advance in close finish (Park Record)

So what happens when no one files to run in an election? (Logan Herald Journal)

Watts, Petersen win ballot spots for Logan mayor (Logan Herald Journal)

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