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Friday, August 16, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - August 16, 2013
Countdown: There are 82 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 166 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 441 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 878 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch tells an immigration reform forum in Utah County that fixing the system will bring more jobs [Tribune].
  • Thousands of Utahns are taking advantage of the Obama administration's deferred deportation program for illegals�who were brought here as children [Tribune].
  • A new poll, which includes voters in Utah's 4th Congressional District, shows a plurality of voters would blame Republicans for a government shutdown over Obamacare [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council finalizes its budget for next year, which includes a 13.8% tax hike [Tribune].
  • The Pleasant Grove City Council declines to take action on a proposed 52% tax hike. Instead, they will put the issue before voters in November [Daily Herald].
  • Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Chad Bennion's criticism of District Attorney Sim Gill has lost any weight it might carry because of his conflicts of interest [Utah Policy].
  • Four Utah groups get federal grants to help implement Obamacare [Tribune].
  • Anti-pollution activist Erin Brockovitch joins the fight against a medical-waste incinerator in North Salt Lake [Tribune].
  • Smoke from wildfires is fouling Utah's air quality, but not as much as you might believe [Deseret News].
  • Consumer prices jumped 2.1% in Utah over the past year [Deseret News].
  • A lawyer for the ex-wife of gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian argues his daughter fears him and should take away his personal arsenal [Tribune].
  • Steve Young is slated to speak at an upcoming conference for gay and lesbian Mormons [Daily Herald].
  • The Community Foundation of Utah awards $25,000 in grants to groups promoting LGBT programs [Tribune].


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Toward justice: For bipartisan prison reforms

Rolly: Sen. Mike Lee dodges Salt Lake County during recess

Hatch: Immigration reform would create more jobs

Anti-pollution crusader Erin Brockovich joins fight in Utah

Four agencies get funds to guide Utahns into health exchanges

Thousands of Utahns have entered deferred deportation program

Salt Lake City Council moves ahead with tax hike

GOP poll finds Republicans would fare worst in government shutdown

Utah senator Curt Bramble elected to leadership of National Conference of State Legislatures

Deseret News

Op-ed: Rethink education compulsion laws

Editorial: Trade deficit

'Our own stupidity' to blame for losing skilled workers to foreign companies, Hatch says

Utah defends same-sex marriage ban in federal court filing

Other

Tax increase struck down in Pleasant Grove (Daily Herald)

Provo businessman: Immigration laws are hurting business (Daily Herald)

Google Fiber releases Provo pricing (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Fast food and higher wages (Standard-Examiner)

Incumbents may struggle to keep seats (Standard-Examiner)

Sides air views at first public hearing on federal lands (Standard-Examiner)

Steve Curtis: Understanding the methods that cities can use to support business (Standard-Examiner)

Protesters want waste incinerator closed down (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Officials add millions of dollars to ObamaCare enrollment drive (The Hill)

What Will It Take to Cut Egypt's U.S. Aid? (Bloomberg)

Worry in U.S. among those with ties to Egypt (USA Today)

With US-made panels, White House goes solar ... again (Christian Science Monitor)

Fla. protesters upset with verdict in Zimmerman trial end 31-day occupation of Capitol (Fox News)

Mass. cop suspended for Tsarnaev leak back on job (USA Today)

After Obama-mocking rodeo clown, Missouri fair requires 'sensitivity training' (CNN)

The government is blowing the whole wind energy revolution (Daily Caller)

New $100 bills: Why $30 million were destroyed (Christian Science Monitor)

Groups Get $67 Million to Promote Health Exchanges (Wall Street Journal)






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