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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - August 20, 2013
Countdown:There are 78 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 162 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 437 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 874 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Former presidential candidate Howard Dean visits Utah to rally the state's Democrats [Tribune].
  • Utah Republicans are considering a bid to host the 2016 GOP National Convention, which would cost upwards of $30 million [Utah Policy].
  • Utah Republican officials are rallying behind Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Chad Bennion who is under fire for making some controversial comments about Democratic District Attorney Sim Gill [Deseret News].
  • The number of whooping cough cases in Utah has dropped by nearly half from this time last year [Tribune].
  • Utah and the federal government reach an agreement over some disputed roads in Juab County that could pave the way for similar settlements [Tribune].
  • Some food pantries are cutting back on their hours of operation because of budget cuts [Tribune].
  • HEAL Utah says Rocky Mountain Power is trying to skirt new federal pollution controls at one of their power plants in Wyoming [Tribune].
  • A new study says Utah has the lowest average student debt in the nation [Deseret News].

Today At Utah Policy

Utah Bid to Host 2016 GOP Convention Could Cost Upwards of $30 Million
Utah GOP officials are looking to make a formal bid for the next Republican National Committee's presidential selection convention in 2016.

Lee TV Spot Pitches Defunding Obamacare
A PAC is running ads on network cable news programs featuring Sen. Mike Lee making the pitch to defundObamacare.

GOP Split on Defunding Obamacare
Republicans are starting to move away from Sen. Mike Lee's effort to defundObamacare.

Update: Utahns Contribute to Ready for Hillary PAC
Recently we highlighted a story that zero contributions came from Utah to the Ready for Hillary PAC. That's not exactly true.

Featured Items

We're Young. We're Educated. And We're Certified!
Utah is well known for its young, educated, bilingual, skilled workforce, but a new initiative underway will make that workforce stand out even more by earning the National Career Readiness Certificate.

EDCUtah to Host Influential Corporate Real Estate Group
ThisSept. 28-Oct. 2, EDCUtah has the unique opportunity to host the Industrial Asset Management Council's 2013 Fall Professional Forum in Salt Lake City. The IAMC, a tightly knit group of executives from manufacturing and industrial firms with corporate real estate and other

Editorial Urges Hatch to Shed Light on Tax Reform
The Washington Examiner argues that certain activities of the federal government such as national security should be shrouded in secrecy, but the tax reform process initiated by Sens. Orrin Hatch and Max Baucus isn't one of them.

Unfair Share: How Oil and Gas Drillers Avoid Paying Royalties
Don Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no longer turn a profit by farming. Then, at age 60, he sold all but a few Angus and aimed for a comfortable retirement on money from drilling his land for natural gas instead.

Should Chad Bennion Apologize?
Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Chad Bennion is getting some heat for calling District Attorney Sim Gill a "cop hater" for saying West Valley City Police officers were not justified in the shooting of an unarmed citizen. Our insiders and readers discuss whether Bennion should

Weber State University: Training the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow
Utah is often cited as one of the best in the nation for business, careers, the creation of new jobs and innovative businesses. What is behind all of these sterling rankings? The state's entrepreneurs. Utah's economic successes can be largely attributed to these innovative a

GOED Hosts First Round of Competitive Grant Cycle for Fiscal Year 2014
Utah is at theforefront of innovation and technology. A major driving force of innovation is the Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program grant competition. After the application process and a competitive review, select Utah companies may earn a match grant up to

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Sale of Utah's largest coal-mining company finalized

Utes to counties: Respect our reservation

One place, two faces

Civics Central: Possible 66% tax hike in Tooele County, street name commemorating Cesar Chavez in West Valley City

State, feds reach first accord in Utah's road wars

Dean urges Utah Democrats to tap unregistered voters

Deseret News

Editorial: Trust and confidence

Utah places No. 2 for low student loan debt

State GOP supporting county party chairman's comments about district attorney

Howard Dean promotes voter registration to build Democratic Party in Utah


Howard Dean visit designed to jump start voter registrations (Standard-Examiner)

Unemployment rates rise in most US states in July, Utah rate drops (Daily Herald)

Majority doesn't believe Zion Wall prevents childhood drinking (Daily Herald)

Sen. Mike Lee: The Utah Model (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Regulation nation: Obama expands the regulatory state (The Hill)

Walker: DC Republicans don't have plan (The Hill)

New Jersey bans gay conversion therapy (Reuters)

City Hall's open, but no sign of SD mayor (Associated Press)

Detroit bankruptcy: investors to file objections (Guardian)

Dual citizenship may pose problem if Ted Cruz seeks presidency (Dallas Morning News)

August Made the Republican Party's Latino Problem Worse, Not Better (The Atlantic)

Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours (Guardian)

Bradley Manning judge deliberates as experts predict 'double-digit' sentence (Guardian)

Scott Brown visits Iowa, plans governor decision (Cape Cod Times)

Confident Biden Team Sows Seeds For 2016 (Wall Street Journal)

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Wise Words

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Lighter Side

"A man in Colorado wants marijuana to be classified as a vegetable. I just have to say that that's an ingenious way to get Americans to stop smoking pot." Conan O'Brien Political Humor


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