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Thursday, September 12, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 12, 2013
Countdown: There are 55 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 139 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 414 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 851 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • The Legislative probe into John Swallow's asks Utahns with knowledge of misdeeds by the Attorney General to come forward [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Sales tax revenue in Salt Lake County is down more than 3% following the massive landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he's working with Sen. President Wayne Niederhauser to tweak Utah's new school grading system [Tribune].
  • Activists rally at the Utah Capitol, asking Gov. Herbert to shut down a medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake [Tribune].
  • Gov. Herbert says the NRA still sees him as an ally despite his decision to veto a controversial bill that would allow Utahns to carry concealed weapons without a permit [Deseret News].
  • Sen. Pat Jones is prepping to unveil her latest effort to eliminate the personal income tax exemption for children in order to provide more funding for schools [Tribune].
  • Some restaurants with liquor licenses are trying to get a bar license, which will allow them to operate without a "Zion curtain" [Tribune].
  • A survey from the Salt Lake Chamber finds 3/4 of small businessesin Utah don't like Obamacare, but even more don't know what is required of them under the new law [Tribune].
  • Utah regulators approve a plan to bring pollution levels along the Wasatch Front in compliance with federal regulations by 2019 [Tribune].
  • A new Spanish-language newspaper launches in Utah, targeting both Latinos and Spanish-speaking returned LDS missionaries [Tribune].
  • TRAX ridership jumped 141% last weekend due to a number of events in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Mail it in: Voting by mail the best alternative

Editorial: Learning to eat: Food rules hard but necessary

Utah bike trek offers Ogden unique way to sell city for economic development

Lead lawyer in Swallow probe - he's dogged, detail-driven and fair

Survey: Most small Salt Lake City businesses don't like Obamacare

Swallow panel asks Utahns to step forward if they have info on alleged misdeeds

Sandy goes digital to engage residents

Kennecott slide causes drop in sales tax revenue

Activists call on Utah governor to shut down medical incinerator

Utah air panel OKs regulations to reduce soot pollution

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah's mine safety culture is exemplary

Richard Davis: Patriotism can't be defined by any one ideology

Utah selected to host after-school learning summit

From north to south, Utah remembers 9/11

Emissions release prompts protest at state Capitol

Gov. Gary Herbert: NRA still sees me as being 'on the team'

Utah House investigation of Attorney General John Swallow out of the chute

Oregon bakery shuts down after gay rights attacks


House committee calls for public input about Swallow allegations (Daily Herald)

Orem names writers for pro/con on referendum and CARE Tax (Daily Herald)

Mail-in ballots create some 'I Voted' sticker shock for Weber County, Riverdale workers (Standard-Examiner)

Davis commission amends corridor support letter after reaction (Standard-Examiner)

Health care reform demystified for Ogden crowd (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Top Dem: Colorado losses due to 'voter suppression, pure and simple' (The Hill)

Weiner ends his New York City mayoral campaign by flipping off reporter (The Hill)

Lawmakers dread Syria inspections (The Hill)

Government shutdown inches closer as House vote delayed (The Hill)

Analyzing the Factors Behind Quinn's Collapse in Race for Mayor (Wall Street Journal)

Chicago bans guns in places that serve booze (USA Today)

Pastor Terry Jones arrested with thousands of kerosene-soaked Qurans, deputies say (Orlando Sentinel)

US marks 9/11 attacks anniversary (BBC News)

House Republican leaders delay vote on new budget bill until next week (Washington Post)

Colorado recalls wound Mayor Bloomberg's gun control push (New York Daily News)

NSA repeatedly ignored court surveillance rules, documents show (Christian Science Monitor)

House Ethics Panel Continues Inquiries of 3 Lawmakers (New York Times)

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