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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 11, 2013
Countdown: There are 56 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 140 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 415 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 852 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Utah's entire Congressional delegation now opposes using military force in Syria [Tribune].
  • The House committee tasked with investigating Attorney General John Swallow holds their first public meeting on Wednesday [Tribune].
  • The Utah State Elections Office investigation into whether Swallow violated campaign finance laws could be finished by mid-December [Utah Policy].
  • Democratic State Senator Luz Robles officially launches her bid for Congress [Utah Policy].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams wants to use $1.3 million to put all 9-1-1- calls on the same system in the Salt Lake Valley [Tribune].
  • A new study finds Utahns drive more, not less, on red air quality days [Tribune].
  • A coalition of environmental groups oppose expansion of the Coal Hollow Mine near Alton [Tribune].
  • Gas prices are dropping in Utah as the summer driving season comes to an end [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City looks to hire a "civic engagement coordinator" to head up public outreach efforts [Tribune].
  • Residents in North Salt Lake will ask Gov. Gary Herbert to shut down a medical incinerator in that community [Deseret News].
  • A judge rules Talisker will not get access to certain emails in a dispute with Park City Mountain Resort [Tribune].
  • The Bountiful City Council votes to delay construction of a new city hall after protests from residents over the projects $10 million price tag [Tribune].
  • Some Weber County voters who used vote-by-mail ballots are upset they didn't get their customary "I voted" sticker [Standard-Examiner].


Today At Utah Policy

'Other' Probe into Swallow Chugging Along Away from the Spotlight
Wednesdaymorning is the second formal meeting of the Utah House's committee concerning Attorney General John Swallow wrongdoing investigation.And perhaps in October, the federal government's examination of any criminal activity by Swallow will wrap up. (Swallow and his attor...

No Partisan Wave Developing for 2014
Next year's midterm elections figure to have fewer competitive House seats than 2012 and 2010....

Robles Officially Kicks off Congressional Campaign
In an announcement heavy on patriotism, Democratic State Senator Luz Robles officially entered the race for Utah's 2nd Congressional District....

The Road Ahead for 'Count My Vote'
Two thirds of "Republican insiders" believe the Count My Vote effort of gathering enough voter signatures to get election "reform" on the 2014 ballot will succeed....

Featured Items

Rep. Greg Hughes: Anticipating Future Transportation Needs
In his speeches on politics and public policy, Greg Hughes is fond of quoting hockey star Wayne Gretzky, who said that good hockey players skate to the puck. But great hockey players have a sixth sense that allows them to skate to where puck is going to be....

Immigration Reform Hopes Beginning to Fade
Republicans are facing a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation when it comes to immigration reform....

Minneapolis Looks for an Economic Boost from Same-Sex Marriage
Here's more proof that allowing same-sex marriage can be an economic boost. Minneapolis is launching a campaign to lure same-sex couples from Chicago....

Utah Projects to Receive Federal Renewable and Energy Efficiency Funding
Seven energy projects in Utah will receive $140,500 in funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program, designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption costs. The awards are part of a recent ...

Utah Selected to Host 2014 Afterschool Learning Summit
The Utah Afterschool Network has been selected by the National League of Cities as one of five networks nationwide to host a statewide Mayoral Summit on Afterschool and Expanded Learning in 2014. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will co-host with UAN, the Utah League of Cit...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah air alerts seem to spur - not curb - driving

Chaffetz tells Biden he'll keep an open mind on Syria

Salt Lake City wants new coordinator for better public outreach

Utah ranks No. 5 for foreign-born marriages

SL County looking to unify 911 response system

Environmentalists: Bury Southern Utah coal project

Every Utahn in Congress says 'no' to Syria strikes

Utahn vows website will 'bust open' health care prices

Bountiful delays new city hall project for further study

Utah schools will soon scrap Coke-and-doughnut sales, vending machine treats

Deseret News

Op-ed: One way to win the immigration debate

Utah's congressional delegation questions new Syria proposal

McAdams gets $1.3 million to unify 911 calls in Salt Lake County

College enrollment drops after years of growth

Gov. Herbert meeting with NRA leader postponed

Small businesses concerned about effects of health care act

LDS Church creates new web materials in support of religious freedom

Angry North Salt Lake residents to ask Gov. Herbert to shut down Stericycle

Other

House Committee investigating Swallow to meet Wednesday (Daily Herald)

Study shows Utahns actually drive more on red alert air days (Standard-Examiner)

Jeannie Simmonds appointed to Logan Municipal Council (Logan Herald Journal)

County employees talk re-election (Park Record)

National Headlines

'Putin shipping Assad more weapons to crush rebels' (Times of Israel)

Obama chooses 'peaceful solutions' in address on Syria (The Hill)

Congress slams brakes on Syria bills (The Hill)

Syria plan in limbo, Obama asks Congress to postpone strike vote (Fox News)

Colo. senate president loses recall over gun laws (Associated Press)

Exit polls: De Blasio leads in NYC mayoral primary race (CBS News)

Anthony Weiner, kid in tow, tries to vote, dodge Sydney Leathers on Primary Day (New York Daily News)

Most 2006-2009 NSA queries of a phone database broke court rules (Reuters)

Senate panel clears the air on marijuana laws (USA Today)

Boehner Seeks to Force Senate Health-Care Vote in Budget (San Francisco Chronicle)






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9/11
"If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War."
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"President Obama is asking Congress to support a military strike in Syria. If they approve, it will be the first time Congress has officially declared war since Obamacare." Jay Leno Political Humor



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