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Monday, August 4, 2014

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10 Things You Need to Know About Utah Politics for Monday

Chaffetz hosts a veteran Democratic member of Congress on a Utah visit. Are Utah's lawmakers be considering a tax hike? Utah may no longer be last in per-pupil funding.


  • 92 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 175 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 456 days until the 2015 elections
  • 532 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 827 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday's top headlines:

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz is hosting Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings on a visit to Utah to discuss public lands issues [Daily Herald, Deseret News].
  • Federal contractors are vowing to fight President Obama's executive order requiring firms seeking federal contracts to disclose labor law violations [The Hill].
  • Some Republican lawmakers may be thinking about a tax hike following November's election [Tribune].
  • Are the reforms enacted in the wake of the John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff scandal enough to prevent this from happening again?[Tribune]
  • A number of legislators hit the road to attend conferences this month [Daily Herald].
  • Has Utah moved out of last place in per-pupil funding? Kinda. [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City ranks #22 nationally for transit use [Tribune].
  • West Jordan City will not let citizens vote on a proposal to change their government to a strong mayor system [Tribune].
  • Justin Harding, Gov. Gary Herbert's new chief of staff, sits down for a podcast interview [Utah Policy].
  • Lobbyists at the Utah Capitol are now required to wear name badges [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1914 - Britain declared war on Germany while the United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War I.
  • 1944 - Anne Frank was arrested along with her sister, parents and four other people after they had spent two years hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam.
  • 1977 - President Jimmy Carter signed a measure establishing the Department of Energy.
  • 1987 - The Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and TV stations to balanced coverage of controversial issues.

Today At Utah Policy

Podcast: A Conversation With Justin Harding
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Utah Shut Out Again on List of 'Most Beautiful' in D.C.
Utah still has never had a member of Congress elected to The Hill's list of the "most beautiful" people in D.C....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: The Sad State of Public Opinion Polling
Today I mourn the loss of objective polling by Utah newspapers and TV stations....

Utah Leads Way In Preparing for Revenue Volatility
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Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Does Doug Owens Have a Chance?
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Brothers' Passion for Entrepreneurism Leads to New Medical Device
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Governor Appoints New Chair of State Board of Pardons and Parole
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Pluralsight Unveils New Headquarters, Announces Partnership with the Utah's STEM Action Center and the Governor's Office of Economic Development
Pluralsightannounced Fridaythe official unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new headquarters at Station Park in Farmington, Utah....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #198
Should you trust this week's poll showing Doug Owens only 9 points behind Mia Love? Also, Mark Shurtleff apparently doesn't understand how the internet works.Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week that was in Utah politics....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: GOP whispering about post-election tax increase

Editorial: Greater Canyonlands: right idea, wrong method

Editorial: Jordan area doesn't need more service balkanization

UTA: Flat fare no longer fair? Agency studies distance-based fares

West Jordan rejects 'strong mayor' question on November ballot

Is Utah still last in per-pupil spending?

Utah farmers celebrate $16 million in direct sales

A primer on Utah reforms to avoid Swallow-Shurtleff scandals

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Political market research - Can it be trusted?

Natalie Gochnour: Involve Utahns in national monument designations

John Florez: Elect leaders who can lead, give hope and unite

Editorial: Best use, best care

Davis County cities propose property tax increases

Charter schools offer high return on investment, study claims

Senators' letter calls for creation of Greater Canyonlands National Monument

Chaffetz brings East Coast congressman to Utah to hear about public lands, other West issues


Lawmakers heading into a busy travel month (Daily Herald)

Chaffetz bringing a Democratic House member to Utah (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Tax appraisals need consistency (Standard-Examiner)

Pros and cons abound in Utah online schools (Standard-Examiner)

Hatch bill regulates students' data in the cloud (Standard-Examiner)

Mountain Crest grad, lawyer, explains her role in Hobby Lobby case (Logan Herald Journal)

Tax proposal flop sends 23-year-old CVTD bus service back to drawing board (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

American with Ebola lands in U.S. (Politico)

Poll finds majority in US support Israel (The Hill)

GOP sees signs of Jewish voters drifting away from Democrats (The Hill)

Federal contractors vow to fight Obama executive order (The Hill)

CIA torture debate continues smoldering ahead of Senate report (CBS News)

California declares emergency as wildfires rage across west (Associated Press)

Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes face off at Fancy Farm (Politico)

Rep. King reignites impeachment debate, White House unconvinced House has dropped the issue (FOX News)

Marion Barry involved in wrong-way crash in DC (FOX News)

Rick Perry: Record-High Arrests Of Migrants From Countries With 'Terrorist Ties' (Huffington Post)

Schumer calls for drone rules in 'wild west' airspace (amNY)

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