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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - August 27, 2013
Countdown:There are 71 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 155 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 430 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 867 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Salt Lake County Councilman David Wilde drops out of the Murray mayoral race due to fears his cancer would keep him from completing a term in office if elected [Tribune].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart says he will not support efforts to shut down the federal government in order to de-fund Obamacare [KUTV].
  • Stewart and a BYU economist are caught up in the fight over clean-air laws [Tribune].
  • Top of Utah business leaders give Rep. Rob Bishop an earful on immigration reform [Deseret News].
  • Bishop says his efforts to broker a deal on federal lands between recreational use and development is moving forward in a positive manner [Standard-Examiner].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert travels to Colorado to promote tourism and business in the Beehive State [Tribune].
  • The Utah Taxpayers Association is wary of the growing talk in favor of hiking taxes [Utah Policy].
  • Rep. Brian Greene wants to make school board elections a partisan affair to help boost turnout [Daily Herald].
  • Salt Lake City voters will get to sound off on whether corporations should have the same rights as people and if regulating money in politics is limiting free speech [Tribune].
  • Here's how Utah higher education officials were able to head off a drop in enrollment due to changing age requirements for Mormon missionaries [Deseret News].
  • Drivers clocked more than 9 billion miles on the Utah's interstate freeways last year [Tribune].
  • A new scientific paper says the wild horse population is growing so fast in the West that the federal government will soon be unable to manage their numbers [Tribune].
  • Provo is reaping the benefits of rising sales tax revenue, which is up $600,000 over last year [Daily Herald].
  • Some Utah sportsmen groups are upset by a decision opening the Book Cliffs to energy exploration [Tribune].
  • West Valley City taps Lee Russo, who led the Covington, Kentucky police department for 5 years, as their new police chief [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Public comments: Imagined risk no cause for alarm

In Colorado, Gov. Herbert promotes tourism, business

Ogden, Salt Lake City are a cheapskate's paradise, Kiplinger says

Salt Lake City voters can weigh in on big money in politics

Fewer students at Utah universities after Mormon mission change

Utah sportsmen outraged by gas, oil leasing on Book Cliffs

Wilde drops out of Murray mayor's race due to cancer

Yearly travel on Utah freeways equals 100 trips to sun

Two Utahns have stake in pollution health data fight

White House says housing gains should spur new guv program

Deseret News

Op-ed: The problem of Utah's one-party rule

Special report: When a miner dies, does anybody care?

Utah's dam safety director works to minimize risk to those living downstream

Less partianship on immigration, business leaders tell Rep. Bishop

35 states that offer more in welfare than minimum wage earnings


Provo sales tax revenues continue to climb (Daily Herald)

Greene looking to alter election of school board candidates (Daily Herald)

Ogden ranked 2nd by magazine as best place for 'cheapskates' (Standard-Examiner)

Bishop sees success in federal land deal (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The 5% recovery: Why most are still in recession (CNBC)

Obama Rodeo Clown Tuffy Gessling speaks out about death threats, says performance had nothing to do with race (Right Scoop)

Russia warns US strike in Syria would 'sharply aggravate' crisis (The Hill)

Jindal slams DOJ for court suit against voucher program (The Hill)

Obama bypassing Congress on climate (The Hill)

Black lawmakers lament flaring of racial tensions under Obama (The Hill)

NM county prepares for same-sex marriages hearing (Associated Press)

McDonnell sends Cuccinelli a signal (Washington Post)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 80, says she has no plans to retire (New York Daily News)

Fort Hood shooting victim struggling to cope with injuries (Reuters)

Trump Suggests Obama Is Behind Trump University Lawsuit (Time)

What Should Chicago Do With All Those Empty School Buildings? (Chicago Magazine)

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