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Friday, August 23, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - August 23, 2013
Countdown:There are 75 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 159 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 434 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 871 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he's willing cut the NSA "a little slack" after reports the feds monitored every text and email in and out of Salt Lake City during the 2002 Olympics [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Former Mayor Rocky Anderson says the NSA monitoring during the Olympics was a crime [KUTV].
  • The highest-paid UTA employees raked in $1.6 million in salary and benefits in 2012. CEO John Inglish topped the list with more than $360,000 in total compensation [Tribune].
  • Herbert says his decision on expanding Medicaid under Obamacare won't come until sometime next year [Tribune].
  • Herbert is worried Sen. Mike Lee's push to shut down the government in order to stop Obamacare will have repercussions on the GOP at the ballot box [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Cris Stewart gets an earful from Latinos who are not happy with his proposal to allow illegalsto stay in the country without becoming citizens [Tribune].
  • Utahns will have at least 99 health insurance plans to choose from through Utah's online exchange created through the Affordable Care Act [Tribune].
  • Utah Lawmakers are considering how to raise money for transportation projects without harming the state's economy [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Questar wants to triple rates on larger businesses [KSL].
  • A study says Utah is dead last in the nation when it comes to "wine friendliness" [Tribune].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Road settlement: Deep Creek compromise good news

Utahns to see 99 plans in Obamacare's new insurance exchange

Gov: Utah won't decide on Medicaid expansion until 2014

Utah's ACT score tops states with high participation

Forces joining to push for transportation tax hike in Utah

Utah Latinos slam Rep. Chris Stewart over his immigration stand

Herbert cuts NSA 'a little slack' for Olympics monitoring

Deseret News

Op-ed: Some questions about Common Core

Editorial: College trends

New Mexico photographer loses gay marriage case

Proposed federal fracking rule leaves no one happy

Gov. Herbert: Sen. Lee's effort to stop health care law may hurt GOP

Investment in infrastructure and energy boost Utah's economy

Gov. Herbert: NSA spying during Salt Lake Olympics raises concerns about Big Brother


Lee to address Obamacare and taxes when Congress returns (Daily Herald)

ATK celebrates 150th wing skin for F-35 Lightning II in Clearfield (Standard-Examiner)

Lee: Don't fund health care (Standard-Examiner)

Democrats ask school questions (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Have state regulate e-cigarettes (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

ObamaCare birth control mandate on fast track to Supreme Court (The Hill)

NASDAQ trading screeches to a halt (The Hill)

Bradley Manning says wants to live as a woman named Chelsea (Reuters)

As President Obama talks college affordability, Buffalo's program looks to be a model (Associated Press)

Prosecutors give closings in Fort Hood trial (Houston Chronicle)

Department of Justice Sues Texas Over Voter ID Law (ABC News)

Disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign after dozens accuse him of sexual harassment (New York Daily News)

Beau Biden set to fly home from hospital aboard Air Force Two with VP dad (Washington Times)

Justice Kagan talks about high court on personal level to R.I. audience (Providence Journal)

In nasty election about trust, McAuliffe has an edge among likely voters in Va. governor race (Associated Press)

State Department won't fire employees over Benghazi (CNN)

Economy Easily Most Important Driver of Obama Approval (Gallup)

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