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Thursday, August 22, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - August 22, 2013
Countdown:There are 76 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 160 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 435 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 872 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • The Utah GOP says SLCO GOP Chairman Chad Bennion's remarks about District Attorney Sim Gill were over the line [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee urges a large crowd at his town hall meeting in Spanish Fork to get behind the effort to defundObamacare [Tribune].
  • Immigration reform takes center stage at Rep. Jason Chaffetz's town hall meeting in Holladay [ABC 4].
  • Campaign finance disclosures show Attorney General John Swallow bought pre-paid Green Dot cards with campaign funds. The purchases raise some red flags because the cards are often untraceable [City Weekly].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Rob Bishop say the new F-35 fighter jet is important to the future of Hill Air Force Base [Deseret News].
  • The NSA monitored every single email and text in and out of Salt Lake City before and during the 2002 Winter Olympics [Tribune].
  • Two North Ogden candidates for mayor had a dust-up in 2010 after one of their military records when the two men were members of the city council [Standard-Examiner].
  • Former State Rep. Jeff Fox pleads guilty to charges of child porn and marijuana possession, but a judge allows him to go free because of time he has already served [City Weekly].
  • New Mormon missionary age requirements are not hitting Utah's colleges and universities as hard as initially anticipated [Deseret News].
  • Former Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey, who now heads up a group called Better City, calls Morgan County's infrastructure an "embarrassment" [Standard-Examiner].
  • A new survey shows most Utahns like the new parking meter system in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • A study says Utah is at the lower-end in annual cost to operate a vehicle [Tribune].
  • Officials in Southern Utah confirm the state's first human case of West Nile Virus this year [Daily Herald].
  • Fare thee well! Reporter Chris Vanocur, who was laid off last year, announces he has taken a position with the ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio [Facebook].

Today At Utah Policy

Utah GOP Backs Away from Bennion's Attack on Sim Gill
The head of the Utah Republican Party saidWednesdaythat Salt Lake County GOP chair Chad Bennion shouldn't have used the term "cop hater" in referring to Democratic Salt Lake County prosecutor Sim Gill....

2012 GOP Convention was Big Business for Tampa
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The Government Read Every Email and Text During the 2002 Olympics
Were you in SLC during the 2002 Winter Olympics? Then the government read your text messages and emails....

Weekly Survey - Should Utah Bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention
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Bryan Schott's Political BS - A Tortured Attempt to Merge Soccer with Utah Politics
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Can Twitter Predict Election Winners?
A new study suggests Twitter can be predictive of election results....

Featured Items

Prosperity 2020 Names New Chair
Prosperity 2020, Utah's largest ever business-led movement to enhance innovation, investment and accountability in education, has named Alan E. Hall as its new chair....

Chaffetz: State Dept. Dodges Accountability for Benghazi
In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Rep. Jason Chaffetz slams the State Department for reinstating four administrators partly responsible for the failures leading to the Benghazi terror attack....

Lee, Cruz Undaunted by Critics
Conventional wisdom holds that the threat by Mike Lee and Ted Cruz to shut down the government over Obamacare is quixotic at best, political suicide at worst, but the two senators are refusing to back down....

Google Unveils Plans for Fiber in Provo
Looks like Google is moving full-steam ahead with their plans to bring Google Fiber to Provo....

Governor's Office of Economic Development Expands Rural Economic Development Effort
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced at the recently concluded Utah Rural Summit the three new staff members who have been hired for the enhanced rural economic development effort being coordinated by GOED....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Save water, stop fires: In Utah, it's come hell and no water

Utah's ATK marks milestone in work on U.S.' newest warplane

Utah court commissioner resigns following conduct investigation

Survey: Most like ease of Salt Lake City's curbside parking system

Report: NSA, FBI monitored all emails, texts during Salt Lake Olympics

Utah tribes receive HUD grants for housing, economic development

Bennion went too far in remarks on D.A. Sim Gill, says GOP head

Obamacare fight dominates Lee's town hall

West Valley City returns some narcotics officers to active duty

Deseret News

Op-ed: Questions from the Swallow fiasco

Editorial: Making the Affordable Care Act work

Mormon mission age drop not as significant as feared on Utah colleges and universities

State GOP chairman says county party leader went too far

Orrin Hatch, Rob Bishop tout importance of F-35 at Hill Air Force Base

Sen. Lee fields questions about Obamacare stance at Spanish Fork meeting

As land grows homes instead of crops, what happens to the agricultural water?

Utah students' ACT scores rank highest in nation

Survey says parking changes aren't keeping drivers away from downtown

Report: NSA was spying on Salt Lake City during Olympics


Rising tuition? Not here - Utah student debt is lowest in nation (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Bigler needs to apologize (Standard-Examiner)

Utah GOP chief calls 'cop hater' remark by SLC chair unfortunate (Standard-Examiner)

Hill viability may hinge on ATK F-35 work (Standard-Examiner)

Weber commission OKs bonds for Powder Mountain improvements (Standard-Examiner)

Top of Utah farmers adapt as drought takes toll (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

NSA story cuts into Obama's popularity with young voters (The Hill)

White House condemns reported chemical weapons attack in Syria (The Hill)

U.S. soldier Manning gets 35 years in WikiLeaks trial (Reuters)

Beau Biden in Houston Cancer Center After Disorientation (Bloomberg)

US soldier faces villagers at massacre sentencing (Associated Press)

Americans' confidence rising in public school teachers, poll finds (Christian Science Monitor)

ACLU: Muslims Face More Scrutiny for Citizenship (Associated Press)

Booker: Lay off the Sanchez (Star-Ledger)

NSA surveillance reach broader than publicly acknowledged (Fox News)

State canvassers to take up Detroit ballot issue (Associated Press)

Study: Only 26% of Students Prepared for All College Test Subjects (TIME)

Analysis: Summers-led Fed might raise rates faster than Yellen (Reuters)

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