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Friday, September 13, 2013
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 13, 2013
Countdown: There are 54 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 138 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 413 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 850 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.
- Federal investigators announce they won't charge Attorney General John Swallow or his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff. However, a number of other probes targeting the two continue [Tribune].
- A committee rules Swallow's office must turn over to the media grand jury subpoenas it got from the feds as well as any emails discussing how to respond to those subpoenas [Tribune].
- House Speaker Becky Lockhart says she expects an effort to hike Utah's gas tax during next year's session [Daily Herald].
- Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Chris Stewart attend briefings about the Syria situation at the White House [Tribune].
- The Salt Lake Tribune announces a shakeup among management and a number of layoffs [Tribune].
- The Utah Supreme Court rules a proposed tax hike in Orem to fund UTOPIA does not have to mention the fiber optic network [Tribune].
- A state audit alleges wasteful spending within the Division of Rehabilitation Services [Tribune].
- The Utah Department of Health says there were no identity theft cases resulting from last year's massive data breach [Deseret News].
- West Valley City fires Shaun Cowley, one of the police officers involved in the shooting of an unarmed woman [Tribune].
- Farmington mayoral candidate John Bowker withdraws from the race because of the time demands placed on him by a new job [Tribune].
- Utah launches a new searchable database for the public to track environmental incidents [Tribune].
- Pignanelli and Webb have some fun with stereotypes [Utah Policy].
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