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Friday, August 30, 2013
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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - August 30, 2013
Countdown:There are 68 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 152 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 427 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 864 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • The group pushing for an alternative path for candidates to get on the primary ballot says they are moving forward with their petition drive. They also name Gail Miller as one of the chairs of the organization [Tribune].
  • The IRS announces they will treat legally married same-sex couples the same as heterosexual unions for tax purposes. Utah tax officials may follow suit [Tribune].
  • No changes in the results of the mayoral primary elections in West Valley City and South Salt Lake after a recount [Tribune].
  • Officials with Park City Mountain Resort have been given an eviction notice by Talisker Land Holdings, but they vow to stay and fight [Tribune].
  • Some members of the panel tasked with deciding whether to move the prison say it makes sense to house more state prisoners at the prison in Gunnison and at county jails [Tribune].
  • Census numbers show about 1/3 of lower-income Utahns do not have health insurance [Tribune].
  • South Salt Lake and Glendale, with a high number of uninsured residents, could prove pivotal in whether Obamacare fails or succeeds in Utah [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert names three people to the bench in Utah's 8th District [Deseret News].
  • Herbert announces the expansion of a program to help Utah students read at grade level [Deseret News].
  • Bob Bernick argues Utahns have a moral duty to fund education [Utah Policy].
  • North Salt Lake residents continue their push to shut down a medical waste incinerator there [Deseret News].
  • The Trib's Thomas Burr takes a look at a day in the life of Utah Rep. Rob Bishop [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Utah Needs to Pay for Education
For me, this is a difficult column to write.First, because it will bring misunderstanding and controversy; the latter is OK, but not the first....

LDS Dems Push Message that It's Okay to Be Mormon and a Democrat
Last fall, Moises Denis was on a stage in Nevada with Harry Reid, campaigning for the reelection of President Barack Obama, when an acquaintance approached him, a finger stretched in Denis' direction....

Weekly Survey: What if John Swallow is Cleared by the Feds?
Reports are swirling that Attorney General John Swallow may be cleared in an ongoing federal investigation.If Swallow is cleared, what effect do you think that will have on the Legislative investigation into his conduct? Vote now....

Bryan Schott's Political BS - Held Hostage by the Caucuses
Utah's political parties are in an abusive relationship with their ideological extreme elements. And most Utah voters don't want anything to do with the whole sordid enterprise....

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Video: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #157
What happens if John Swallow is cleared by the feds? Utah is ready to unveil a new school grading system. And, will Gov. Gary Herbert give in to the demands of the "comic book lobby"?Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the week in Utah politics....

'I Have a Dream'
On August 28th, Governor Herbert and I stood with the Martin Luther King Commission before our State Capitol to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. King's masterpiece has become a political classic, couched in soaring ora...

Gail Miller to Serve as a Chair of Count My Vote
As students of American history, Larry H. Miller and Gail Miller shared a strong passion for democracy and freedom. The Miller family is profoundly grateful for the men and women who laid the foundation of our great country and form of government....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Hike of the week: Deuel Creek North--Tribune:Utah sportsmen outraged by gas, oil leasing on Book Cliffs--Tribune:Learning to rock climb with a purpose--Tribune:Prettyman: SITLA's pending deal should surprise no one-- For thelatest wildlife news and inf...

School Grading Bill Hurts Utah Education
Next Tuesday, each public school in the state, charters and traditional schools alike, will receive a letter grade, A-F. The bill that created the law, SB271 (3rd Substitute), was originally written by Parents for Choice (PCE), the same group which advocated for vouchers in ...

Op-Ed: 'Give to Utah What is Utah's'
A Forbes op-ed urges the federal government, which owns 67 percent of Utah land, to get out of the way and allow the Beehive State to unlock the riches of its own natural resources....

The Californication of the West
Thanks to an invasion of California transplants fleeing high taxes, states like Nevada and Colorado and cities like Salt Lake and Boise have become strongholds for the Left as it tries to swing the Mountain West into the Democratic column....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Data for Stewart: Utah rep should do homework

Will Obamacare succeed in Utah? Glendale, South Salt Lake are proving grounds

Recounts: primary results unchanged for two cities

IRS to treat same-sex marriages equally for tax purposes

Ballot effort to reform Utah elections is a 'Go'

New West Valley City street name honors Cesar Chavez

Nearly a third of poor Utahns are uninsured, new report shows

Rolly: The Greeks find many paths to spirituality

Deseret News

Op-ed: Robots will replace fast food strikers

Editorial: W.V.'s new chief

Gail Miller named co-chairwoman of Count My Vote initiative to change Utah's caucus, convention system

Governor appoints 3 new judges to 8th District

No changes in West Valley, South Salt Lake mayoral races following recount

Gov. Herbert visits school to announce $1.2M grant for mentoring program

New West Valley chief can't take oath just yet - he has to be certified


Moving up - Provo-Orem area ranked 11th for high-tech startups (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

U.S. Facing Test on Data to Back Action on Syria (New York Times)

Courts emerge as hurdle to Obama regs (The Hill)

Cruz mocks lack of debate in Congress over Syria strikes (The Hill)

Kerry, Hagel to brief lawmakers on Syria (The Hill)

How the ObamaCare defunding fight became a political showdown (The Hill)

Immigration advocates claim 'resounding win' in quiet August (The Hill)

Intelligence on weapons no 'slam dunk' (Associated Press)

U.S. Says It Won't Sue to Undo State Marijuana Laws (New York Times)

U.S. spy network's successes, failures and objectives detailed in 'black budget' summary (Washington Post)

Court Upholds 1st Ban on Gay-to-Straight Therapy (ABC News)

White House targets loopholes in rules on gun purchases, imports (Los Angeles Times)

Before Death, Fort Hood Shooter Faces Long Appeals (Associated Press)

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Virtue and Vice
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Lighter Side

"Some park rangers in California found a plot on which someone grew 500,000 pounds of marijuana. They assume this pot was grown by humans, but I wouldn't rule out bears. Think about it: They sleep three months a year, all you ever see them doing is rummaging through the trash trying to find food, and their leader's name is Smokey." Jimmy Kimmel Political Humor

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