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Monday, September 16, 2013

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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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Local Headlines

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?

Deseret News

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

Other

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)

National Headlines

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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