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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - August 28, 2013
Countdown: There are 70 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 154 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 429 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 866 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Gov. Gary Herbert asks SITLA to reconsider their decision to open parts of the Book Cliffs to oil and gas exploration [Tribune].
  • A new and controversial grading program for Utah's schools debuts next week [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop is one of 80 House members to join the effort to strip funding for Obamacare [Tribune].
  • A Legislative task force questions whether the Salt Lake City School District is doing enough to serve west side students [Tribune].
  • More than 3/4 of the money Utah spends on education goes to teacher salaries [KSL].
  • Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he may review some dismissed West Valley City drug cases if city leaders send letters in support of the officers involved in those cases [Tribune].
  • The Utah state auditor's office says a number of state agencies are violating the law by not having internal audit programs [Tribune].
  • Longtime Salt Lake County Councilman Randy Horiuchi is considering retirement [Utah Policy].
  • The Salt Lake County Council moves the timeline for adopting a budget up by two weeks in order to protect against "surprise" tax hikes [Tribune].
  • There will be a recount in the West Valley City mayoral primary [Tribune].
  • The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control denied a liquor license to a proposed pub in the Foothill neighborhood after residents opposed the move due to traffic and safety concerns [Tribune].
  • Alcohol commissioners decline to interpret a new law requiring drinkers to show "intent" to buy food, instead allowing restaurants to set their own standards [Tribune].
  • Utah consumer confidence hit the highest recorded level last month, but worries about how leaders in Washington are handling the economy are putting a damper on growth [Tribune].
  • West Valley City introduces their new police chief, Lee Russo [Deseret News].
  • New Census numbers show the makeup of Utah families is changing, but not as quickly as the rest of the nation [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

New School Grading System Comes On Line Next Week
Get ready for some political heat, Utah legislators.OnSept. 3the state's new public school grading system will officially begin, and citizens will be able to look up the grades their local schools receive....

Five Lines in Five Years is One Big Success Story
Across the United States communities are still grappling with the effect of the recession. Many are facing slow growth, slashed government budgets and a stark outlook for the future.But in Utah, the story is much different....

Young Companies, Anchor Companies Keep Utah's Life Science Industry Vibrant
Utah is known for many things: Its national parks and incredible landscape, the greatest snow on earth and its salty sea, to name several. But dig a little deeper and you'll find that Utah is increasingly recognized for its robust life science industry....

Rumor Mill: Horiuchi Mulling Retirement
Democratic circles are abuzz with news that Salt Lake County Councilman Randy Horiuchi is considering retirement next year....

Taxpayers Association Wary of Tax Hike Talk
Various groups, including the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, are talking these days about tax hikes for statewide needy programs, like roads and mass transit and public education.Tax increases, of course, are always touchy subjects in Republican-dominated Utah....

The West is Running Out of Water
Here's a sobering thought. The western United States has to find a way to grapple with declining water supplies...and soon....

Poll: Overwhelming Majority Oppose Shutting Down Government over Obamacare
Talk about a clear direction. A poll conducted for GOP members of Congress finds more than 2/3rds of Americans oppose shutting down the government to defundObamacare....

Featured Items

How Machismo Hurts Republicans
Threatening to shut down the government to stop Obamacare is the new way Republicans can show their manhood - and they're wrong....

5th Annual Clear the Air Challenge Sets New Record
The annual Clear the Air Challenge, which ended July 31, set a new record with 8,643 Utahns eliminating nearly 1.9 million miles traveled and 169,035 single occupant vehicle trips. EDCUtah was happy to be part of the Challenge and we eliminated 2,368 miles traveled....

Utah Film Commission Calls for Entries: 'Spot On' Commercial Contest
The Utah Film Commission wants Utahns to produce and direct its next promotional commercial. This is a great opportunity for local filmmakers to have their work seen by thousands of people, including film industry professionals, during the Sundance Film Festival....

How to Spot a Losing Candidate Before an Election
This is fantastic. Roll Call's Stuart Rothenberg runs down the six things all losing candidates say as they start their campaigns....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Big polluters: State needs federal oversight

Liquor board tells restaurants to decide how diners may legally order drinks

Utah Rep. Rob Bishop joins effort to strip Obamacare funding

Auditor calls for more in-house oversight of state departments

West Valley City mayor's race headed for recount

Rolly: What we have here is a failure to communicate

Utah Gov. Herbert asks SITLA to reconsider Book Cliffs lease

Lawmakers: Is Salt Lake City School District serving west side students?

U.S. families changing dramatically, but slower in Utah

West Valley City presents chief who'll lead troubled police force

Deseret News

Op-ed: Fighting air pollution one electric car at a time

Op-ed: Unions looking to legal loopholes

Opinion ballot for constitutional rights question on its way to Salt Lake voters

New alcohol 'intent to dine' service law left to restaurants to define

Grades for Utah schools expected to stir controversy

Lawmakers consider changes to State School Board elections

Is oil lease a choice between schoolchildren and hunters?

Housing market bolstering Utah economy

New West Valley chief welcomes challenge to improve embattled department

2 Utah cities make Kiplinger's '10 best cities for cheapskates'


Op-ed: Get it Right: Hot topics, temper tantrums, and a chief engineer (Daily Herald)

Provo nonprofits get chance for free Google Fiber (Daily Herald)

Cancer Society: Utah Legislature can do more to prevent cancer (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Issue the library bonds (Standard-Examiner)

Davis County supports state process for siting corridor (Standard-Examiner)

Bishop expects possibility for immigration reforms (Standard-Examiner)

Howard Dean: cheer up, Utah Democrats, Romney's not on the ballot (Park Record)

National Headlines

Kucinich: Syria strike would turn US into 'al Qaeda's air force' (The Hill)

Rival calls Booker's 'gay' comments 'weird' (The Hill)

Napolitano warns large-scale cyberattack on US is inevitable (The Hill)

White House: We're not seeking 'regime change' as goal in Syria (The Hill)

Main U.S. targets in Syria are military sites (USA Today)

Standby lawyers can't take over Fort Hood case (Associated Press)

City asks judge to allow delay in 'stop-frisk' reforms (New York Post)

Ex-Salvadoran Colonel Gets US Prison Sentence (Associated Press)

Will Smoke From Lew's Burning Pants Obscure Debt Deal? (Bloomberg)

More photos of Boston Marathon bombing suspect released (NECN)

Super PAC criticizes Booker for low Newark graduation rate (PolitiFact)

Florida must pay Zimmerman's legal costs, says lawyer (BBC News)

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Picking Up the Check
"According to a new study, most men would like women to occasionally pick up the check. The study also found most women would occasionally like to be paid as much as men for doing the same job." Conan O'Brien Political Humor

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