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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - August 21, 2013
Countdown:There are 77 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 161 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 436 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 873 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.
- Some Democrats are outraged that State Party Chairman Jim Dabakis aided a non-Democratic candidate in a City Council race [Tribune].
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz plans to hold more hearings about Benghazi this fall [KUTV].
- Last summer, former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff personally lobbied a bank to approve a home loan modification for the owner of a business that with a checkered legal past [City Weekly].
- Tooele County Commissioners approve a $2.6 million property tax increase [Tribune].
- Salt Lake County Assessor Lee Gardner resigns after 19 years in office [Tribune].
- A judge makes a stalking injunction against gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian permanent [Tribune].
- Smoke from wildfires are behind a spike in emergency room visits in the Salt Lake Valley [Deseret News].
- Some key evidence against alleged scammer Rick Koerber is tossed out because it violated his rights [Tribune].
- Proposed new statewide water and sewer fee increases are getting some pushback[Tribune].
- The BLM is planning to open up lands in the San Rafael Swell for oil and gas development [Tribune].
- The West Valley City City Council unanimously votes to re-name a stretch of road to honor labor activist Cesar Chavez [Tribune].
- A new report says many of Utah's mountain resorts are seeing a surge in tourism this summer [Tribune].
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