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Monday, September 16, 2013
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 16, 2013
Countdown: There are 51 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 135 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 410 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 847 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.
- Former Gov. Mike Leavitt and former first lady Norma Matheson join the "Count My Vote" group as co-chairs [Tribune].
- Sen. President Wayne Niederhauser questions the need for other probes into John Swallow's activity following a decision by federal investigators to not pursue charges against Utah's Attorney General [Deseret News].
- Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee vow to fight against Obamacare until the end [Tribune].
- A number of younger Utahns don't know much about the Affordable Care Act [Tribune].
- Gov. Gary Herbert and state trust land managers reach a deal to delay energy exploration in some parts of the Book Cliffs [Tribune].
- Sen. Scott Jenkins is miffed that the state's Building Board is not following recommendations from the Legislature on which construction projects should be prioritized [Standard-Examiner].
- Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams wants to create two positions to coordinate activity between the gang units for Salt Lake City and the Unified Police Department [Tribune].
- Sen. Orrin Hatch announces former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak at his annual Utah Women's Conference next month [St. George.com].
- The city of Farmington joins other groups in opposing the proposed West Davis Corridor freeway [Tribune].
- A proposed youth detention center in Weber County could save local governments nearly $400,000 per year [Standard-Examiner].
- Paul Rolly burnishes his "geek cred"by merging politics and Salt Lake's Comic Con [Tribune].
- The Sundance Film Festival will stay in Utah through 2026 [Deseret News].
- Another good sign for Utah's economy - the number of "underwater" mortgages are falling, but the number is still too high for comfort [Tribune].
- A technological makeover for some Utah schools is hitting a number of snags [Tribune].
- More construction coming to I-15. This time, a $120 million project in Davis County [KSL].
- Former NFL quarterback Steve Young speaks at a conference for gay and lesbian Mormons [Deseret News].
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Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: Educators' pessimism doesn't help students
Op-ed: Working together for balance on public lands
Op-ed: Utah school system slips
Rolly: The myth of Florida's school grade system
Herbert & Bishop: A broader lands perspective
Editorial: One 911: Melding service is the right idea
Editorial: Family subsidy: Paying a fair share for lots of kids
Editorial: SITLA reconsiders: Herbert, Bishop efforts get results
Norma Matheson, Leavitt to help lead Count My Vote
Farmington opposes West Davis Corridor freeway
Cruz, Lee say they will stand firm to the end in Obamacare fight
Unroaded Book Cliffs spared from leasing - for now
Another big I-15 project coming next year
Glitches slow digital makeover effort for Utah schools
Rolly: If Utah politicians had dressed up for Comic Con
Obamacare: Will Utah's young adults pay or stay away?
Frank Pignanelli, LaVarr Webb: Should Utahns be feeling better about Syria now?
Op-ed: Immigration reform - a farmer's view
John Florez: Utah school boards get an F grade
Editorial: Charters doing well
Editorial: A looming retirement crisis
Mike Leavitt, Norma Matheson named co-chairs of Count My Vote initiative
Deal reached to delay oil, gas project in Utah's Book Cliffs
Senate president questions need for more Swallow investigations
Nearly completed federal courthouse designed to maximize security, natural lighting
$120M construction project slated for I-15 in Davis County
Should corporate money be limited in elections? Opinion ballot asks Salt Lake City residents
Survey shows parent, educator support of Common Core
LDS join 'growing chorus' of faiths asking followers to defend religious liberty
Matheson, Leavitt latest names to support election change (Daily Herald)
CARE Tax: Does Orem benefit? (Daily Herald)
Editorial: No more excuses, Stericycle (Standard-Examiner)
Jenkins 'offended,' says lawmakers disregard committee recommendations (Standard-Examiner)
Obama says Iran shouldn't misinterpret U.S. response to Syria (Washington Post)
President Obama: 'Less concerned about style points' (Politico)
Obama vows no debate on debt ceiling (The Hill)
Pentagon drafts security options for Syrian disarmament (The Hill)
Angry House Republicans demand better communication (The Hill)
Suspected death toll rises from Colorado floods as nearly 500 unaccounted for (CNN)
Many US Bridges Old, Risky and Rundown (Associated Press)
Assad government hails 'victory' in arms deal, troops attack (Reuters)
Biden and Clinton: Friends With Awkward Twist (New York Times)
Free speech icon's tour aims to encourage student action (USA Today)
Obama to mark 5-year anniversary of U.S. financial crisis (Reuters)
Campaign source: AG Coakley to announce run for Mass. Gov. on Monday (NECN)
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"I'm a little bummed out because it looks like the Anthony Weiner madness is finally over. It was so good for talk show hosts, one of the best things that ever happened. As he drove away from reporters, he gave them the finger. So at least he went out with dignity. That's the important thing." Conan O'Brien Political Humor