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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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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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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Back to school: Parents have a key role to play

Rolly: UTA's new marketing slogan Drive your car

Feds get earful about UDOT's and UTA's transportation planning

Utah's proposed drinking water and sewer fees face criticism

Did Dem chief help GOP candidate in Salt Lake City race?

West Valley City votes to name street after Cesar Chavez

BLM puts San Rafael Swell areas on auction block

Tooele County passes $2.6 million tax increase

Gardner resigns as Salt Lake County assessor

Deseret News

Timothy R. Clark: A call to action as our children return to school

Richard Davis: We still need journalists in the information age

Editorial: Abortion consensus

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

West Valley City residents can report minor crimes online

Historic settlement could open disputed roads in Juab County's Deep Creek Mountains

Utah GOP wants Salt Lake City to host 2016 Republican National Convention

Religion enhances mobility toward American dream, LDS Church says

Other

Pleasant Grove OK's bond election (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Efforts to expedite oil tankers could affect Summit County (Park Record)

Oil tankers present problems (Park Record)

North Ogden emails reveal candidates' fight over war record (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

White House: 'Difficult to imagine' US seizing reporters' hard drives (The Hill)

Rubio takes low profile on immigration (The Hill)

DeMint: Republicans unwilling to defund ObamaCare 'need to be replaced' (The Hill)

Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was shot in face before capture: court documents (New York Daily News)

Manning Will Be Sentenced on Wednesday (New York Times)

Prosecution rests in Fort Hood court-martial of Nidal Malik Hasan (Los Angeles Times)

Maine gov denies saying Obama 'hates white people' (USA Today)

Biden's son under evaluation at M.D. Anderson (Houston Chronicle)

New ad uses recordings from Trayvon Martin shooting (USA Today)

'72 Miami Dolphins get ceremony at White House, 40 years after perfect season (McClatchy)

Really? San Diego Mayor Bob Filner might return to work, even as talks continue (CNN)

State Dept. officials placed on leave after Benghazi attack are reinstated (Washington Post)






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