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August 05, 2013


How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - Monday Edition
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 93 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 177 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 452 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 889 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

Ten law firms have been named as finalists to help with the investigation into John Swallow. None of those firms are from Utah [Tribune].

A flier purporting to raise money for 4th District candidate Mia Love did not come from the Love campaign [Tribune].

More Latino candidates than ever are running in Salt Lake County’s municipal elections [Tribune]

Common Core opponents demonstrate outside the State Office of Education [Deseret News].

Rolly says Sen. Aaron Osmond’s proposal to end compulsory education in Utah may be driven by a strong Eagle Forum presence among his constituents [Tribune].

A bill passed during the 2013 Legislature provides up to $5 million to help expand the number of natural gas vehicles on Utah’s roads, but some wonder if the money is worth the result [Tribune].

A new study says economic inequality is on the rise in Utah [Utah Policy].

Gov. Gary Herbert gives his support to an Oregon company’s plan to build smaller, modular nuclear reactors [Tribune].

The Utah Board of Education votes to change the way the State School fund is managed, hoping to increase returns on the investments [Tribune].

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker argues for expanding public transit [Tribune].

Public hearings begin this week for a number of local entities pushing for a tax increase [Deseret News].

Demonstrators rally against the NSA’s data center in Bluffdale [Deseret News].

Utah media outlets want to keep open parts of the trial of a 17-year-old accused of punching and killing a soccer referee [Tribune].

A Uintah housewife is spending her own money to post copies of public documents online [Standard-Examiner].
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Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Questions surrounding Aug. 13 municipal elections

John Florez: Compulsory education not the issue

Editorial: Medicare in crisis

Editorial: Time for recess

Medicaid expansion a must to qualify for federal dollars

Utah's pro-business environment throws a rope to national economy

Misinformation or monopoly of thought? Common Core opponents, supporters square off

State School Board seeking changes to trust fund governance

10 law firms vie to work for panel investigating A.G. John Swallow

Jobs report reveals troubling trend in part-time employment

46 Utah entities asking for tax increases; public hearings begin this week

Leaders debate reality, perception of Utah liquor laws

Utahns rally against government spying on '1984 Day'

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Voluntary education, an attack on schools

Op-ed: Education is a primary responsibility of the state

Editorial: Recreation vision: State has to protect fragile outdoors

Editorial: Unwarranted: Subpoena power should be limited

Herbert throws support behind small, modular reactor plan

Ten finalists to lead Swallow probe; Utah firms don’t make the cut

House panel hits EPA with subpoena over pollution studies

Utah community centers explain Affordable Care Act

More Latinos running in local elections

Expanding Utah's network for natural-gas vehicles

Rolly: Will the real Mia Love please stand up?

Other

Op-ed: The way to restore local control of Utah's education system (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Education leads to success (Standard-Examiner)

Utah's GRAMA can be a blessing and a curse for news agencies (Standard-Examiner)

City, county planning for future (Park Record)

County taxes not going up (Park Record)

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