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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 17, 2013
Countdown: There are 50 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 134 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 409 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 846 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Lt. Governor Greg Bell announces he is stepping down in order to find employment in the private sector [Tribune, Utah Policy].
  • A leaked document from the governor's office suggests Gov. Gary Herbert hopes to name Bell's replacement quite soon [Utah Policy].
  • That same document warns against reacting to "rants" from Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis during the search for Bell's replacement [Utah Policy].
  • A number of Utahns take shelter during Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee wants to raise the federal per-child tax credit by $2,500 [Deseret News].
  • Utah lawmakers prepare to take bids on possibly relocating the state prison [Deseret News].
  • Some campaign shenanigans are taking place in North Ogden as campaign signs are disappearing or being moved [Standard-Examiner].
  • Robert Redford speaks to a crowd of about 2,000 at the annual Equality Utah Allies dinner [Deseret News].
  • Environmentalists protest a decision by the BLM to open up part of the San Rafael Swell to energy exploration [Tribune].
  • An attorney for a fired West Valley City police officer involved in the shooting of an unarmed civilian says the city didn't follow protocol when terminating his employment [Tribune].
  • The LDS Church joins a growing chorus of churches asking their adherents to help defend "religious liberty" [Deseret News].
  • The UTA does not plan to make any cuts to service when they make changes to schedules in December [Tribune].
  • Attendance at the Utah State Fair drops 15% from last year [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Money Woes Forcing Lt. Gov. Greg Bell to Resign
Not his health, although he had cancer five years ago.It's not his politics, he remains a "moderate Republican conservative" in a very Republican state....

Internal Document Warns Against Reacting to Democratic Party Chair in Search for New Lt. Governor
A document obtained by Utah Policy lays out a strategy for Gov. Gary Herbert to follow when selecting a replacement for outgoing Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, and what qualities he should consider. It also warns against taking any bait offered by Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis....

Leaked Document Suggests New Lt. Gov. Announcement Coming on Sept. 26?
According to a timeline of events obtained by Utah Policy, it looks like Gov. Gary Herbert will name a replacement for outgoing Lt. Gov. Greg Bell on September 26 or October 1....

Free Screening of 'The Fifth Estate' for Utah Policy Readers
Utah Policy would like to invite you to a free screening of the Julian Assange biopic "The Fifth Estate" starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl....

Thanks to ATK Space Components Division and Beryllium, Utah Plays Big Part in Construction of James Webb Space Telescope
In 2018, when theJames Webb Space Telescopebegins capturing infrared images emitted from the dawn of the universe at its station a million miles out in space, Utahns can proudly note that the 21-foot-diameter, 12-foot-deep backplane that supports the telescope's 18 hexagonal...

Featured Items

USTAR Recognized for Role in Expanding Utah's Innovation Economy
The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative has been awarded the Expanding Research Capacity award at the 2013 State Science and Technology Institute's Excellence in Technology Based Economic Development national award program....

Government Standards Agency "Strongly" Suggests Dropping its Own Encryption Standard
Following revelations about the NSA's covert influence on computer security standards, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST,announcedearlier this week it is revisiting some of its encryption standards....

Utah Deepens Bonds with Top Trade Partner
Utah's trade mission to China led by the Governor's Office of Economic Development had a successful openinglast week, with multiple presentations, press conferences and business matchmaking meetings in Chengdu, a city located in southwest China with a population of over 14 m...

Insider Survey: Luz Robles' Chances in Utah's 2nd District
Our "Political Insiders" and readers weigh in on whether Democrat Luz Robles has a shot at winning a Congressional seat in 2014. Read on for results and comments.Selected anonymous comments:"Ms. Robles has a kind heart and lots of guts and has been somewhat effective in the ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Shut Stericycle: Burden of proof rests with company

Obama: GOP's all-or-nothing threats hurt America

Should agency managing Utah school trust lands answer to public?

Salt Lake County to discuss logo, Taylorsville to hear about UFA staffing

Family members, officers speak against prison move

No bus-service cuts in UTA's next round of changes

Utah protesters demand BLM pull San Rafael leases

Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell to step down, return to private sector

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: The U.S. has suffered humiliation before

Protesters rally over San Rafael Swell leasing proposal

Sen. Mike Lee pushing for family tax credit

Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell stepping down

PETA plans 'payback' billboard after elk hunter is gored

Should women attend college?


UTOPIA announces 78 percent price cut on 1 gigabit to homes (Daily Herald)

Defeated in primary, Syracuse resident seeks council seat as write-in (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

White House says Obama won't meet with new Iranian leader (The Hill)

Senate adjourns after Navy Yard attack (The Hill)

At least 12 dead in Navy Yard shooting; two possible suspects at large (Washington Post)

Too Edgy? Too Tame? Gay Pride Parades Spark Debate (ABC News)

Thompson Concedes to de Blasio in Mayoral Primary (New York Times)

Obama warns Republicans against letting economy 'tank' (CBS News)

Ex-Defense Secretary Robert Gates shares his war stories in memoir 'DUTY' (New York Daily News)

AG Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video (Boston Globe)

Off to the races: If you fry it, they will come (NBC News)

No suite for Gov. Christie at Super Bowl 2014, despite previous boasts (Star-Ledger)

CBS: Report Shows Clinton Benghazi Panel Had Conflicts, Lack Of Accountability (RealClearPolitics)

US industrial output up in August as manufacturing rebounds (CNBC)

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