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Monday, August 19, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - August 19, 2013
Countdown: There are 79 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 163 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 438 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 875 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Employees at a telemarketing firm were allegedly threatened with termination if they mentioned the company's ties with embattled Attorney General John Swallow [City Weekly].
  • Salt Lake County GOP Chair Chad Bennion is blaming the media for the firestorm surrounding comments he made about District Attorney Sim Gill [Tribune].
  • Rumors that Orem was about to go bankrupt started swirling just before last week's primary election [Daily Herald].
  • Former Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean visits Utah this week [Park Record].
  • Sen. Stuart Reid argues Congress should let the states decide on immigration reform since they seem unwilling to do so [Tribune].
  • Utah's legislators seem to be talking out of both sides of their mouths when it comes to tobacco [Tribune].
  • Pignanelli and Webb say the dog days of summer will give way to political intrigue in the fall [Deseret News].
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx lauds UTA for finishing projects early and under budget [Tribune].
  • Paul Rolly highlights the divide between UTA executives and the rank and file [Tribune].
  • Utah's job picture improves again [Deseret News].
  • Utah's housing sector looks to rebound from the recession, but a lack of workers might slow that down [Tribune].
  • Some water users in Northern Utah are being asked to cut their consumption by half [Tribune].
  • The West Valley City Council will consider a proposal to rename a street after labor activist Cesar Chavez [Tribune].
  • Here comes another I-15 construction project, this time a rebuild at Point of the Mountain [Tribune].
  • Is Utah's push to open more four-year colleges and universities making higher education too costly for students? [Deseret News]
  • An openly gay member of the LDS Church taught as an adjunct professor at BYU during the summer term [Tribune].

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Orient Overseas Container Line to Open Office in Utah
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Utah lawmakers' affair with big tobacco

Op-ed: Transit-hub development key to Utah future

Op-ed: Congress neglecting duty on immigration reform

Op-ed: No more mandate, no more public schools

Editorial: Future is here: It's time for realism about water

Editorial: Helpful dreamers: Hatch, Obama working on reform

Labor shortage hampering rebound of Utah's housing construction

UTA commended for completing rail lines early and under budget

Federal lawsuit: West Valley City cops violated family's civil rights

Rolly: Here's one way for UTA drivers to get bonuses

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Despite summer's end, there's controversy heating up

Op-ed: The civil rights comparison with gay marriage deserves scrutiny

John Florez: Time to flip the Corrections system

Robert Bennett: Congress should reclaim its powers

Editorial: The American Dream

Worst Colorado River drought in century prompts feds to cut releases from Lake Powell

Jobless numbers improving in Utah

Fighting the good fight for religious right

Are Utah's colleges and universities fulfilling their mission?

Fighting obesity: Utah 7th best in nation, kids are number 1


Op-ed: Government shutdown to protect liberty (Daily Herald)

Rumors of Orem's financial demise exaggerated (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Administration owns Obamacare (Standard-Examiner)

Hill, others will likely have to make technological upgrades to clear air (Standard-Examiner)

Factors in low Logan voter turnout weighed (Logan Herald Journal)

Park City residents seek immigration reform (Park Record)

Public input on taxes high (Park Record)

Another class of leaders, the twentieth, sought in Park City (Park Record)

Park City Council field carved to four, turnout sparse (Park Record)

Howard Dean, national Democratic figure, plans Park City stop (Park Record)

National Headlines

Democrats, for once, are rooting for McConnell in Senate primary (The Hill)

Fort Hood trial: Prosecutors will tackle motive this week (Christian Science Monitor)

Seattle's Hempfest celebrates new law, mellows pot activists (Christian Science Monitor)

Is GOP big enough for Chris Christie and Rand Paul? (Washington Post)

Prompted by court rulings and attitude changes, states revisit life sentences for juveniles (Associated Press)

Obama faces a challenging post-vacation agenda (USA Today)

Hooters won't serve San Diego Mayor Filner, says it respects women (USA Today)

CIA: The mysterious Area 51 exists! (USA Today)

Family ties factor in key Senate races (Associated Press)

Weiner's Wieners: New 'Carlos Danger' brand hot dogs poke fun at Anthony Weiner's sexting indiscretions (Daily Mail)

White House gets solar panels (Politico)

NYC Mayor: Public Housing Residents Should Be Fingerprinted as Crime-Fighting Measure (NBC News)

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