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Thursday, September 19, 2013
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 19, 2013
Countdown: There are 48 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 132 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 407 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 844 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.
- The "Count My Vote" group launches a petition drive to change Utah's nominating system to direct primaries [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- A report says allowing the use of electronic signatures in petition gathering could be safe and secure [Tribune].
- The U.S. House agrees to Sen. Mike Lee's strategy to tie any measure keeping the government operating to defunding Obamacare [Tribune].
- Sen. Lee teams up with Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy to fight the growing problem of "patent trolls" [Deseret News].
- Lawmakers may move Utah's political party conventions so they are not held over the Easter weekend in 2014 [Daily Herald].
- Rep. Spencer Cox suggests the state require barkeepers to undergo CPR training following the death of a patron outside an American Fork bar last year [Deseret News].
- A legislative committee mulls whether the state should pay teachers more to boost test scores in underachieving schools [Tribune].
- Speculation is growing that Gov. Gary Herbert may look within his own office to find a replacement for Gov. Greg Bell [KSL].
- Comedian Jeff Foxworthy will headline Herbert's annual fundraising gala on Friday evening [Tribune].
- About 20% of Utah families deal with hunger because they don't have enough money to buy food [Tribune].
- The LDS Church is urging the faithful in Hawaii to get involved in that state's fight over same-sex marriage by pushing for an exemption for religious organization [Tribune].
- State investigators looking to crack own on the sale of false legal documents to immigrants stumble upon human and drug trafficking operations [Tribune].
- Park City Mountain Resort gets a lifeline in their lawsuit against Talisker Land Holdings [Tribune].
- Utah's former U.S. Attorney says Congress should end mandatory federal sentences in order to reduce prison overcrowding [Tribune].
- A new report says prisoners in Utah are increasingly being sentenced to life behind bars [Tribune].
Today At Utah Policy
|'Count My Vote' Group Pushes for Open Primary System|
To the surprise of a number of their early backers, Wednesday Count My Vote leaders formally submitted a citizen initiative petition that would basically discard the current political party caucus/convention candidate nominating system in favor of an open party primary....
|Lee Tax Reform Plan Generates Big Reaction|
Sen. Mike Lee's family-friendly tax reform proposal, unveiled Tuesday, garners rave reviews from conservatives and libertarians who say it could help the GOP re-situate itself as the champion of the American middle class....
|Hatch: Delay Obamacare Exchanges|
In a Fox News op-ed, Sen. Orrin Hatch says Obamacare's health insurance exchanges aren't ready for prime time and shouldn't be allowed to go live on October 1st....
|Utah's Future: Plan Far Ahead for Transportation Innovation|
The Economist magazine recently published an interesting article about innovation in passenger train travel. While improvements in train technology don't make big news, over the long-term these developments may revolutionize rail travel and make it more competitive with high...
Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: Prison question: Would a new one really be better?
Rolly: County GOP's picnic goes head to head with guv's gala
Seeking document mills leads to human trafficking operations
Count My Vote launches effort for direct Utah primaries
Utah joins nation in increased use of life sentences, report finds
Report: Secure electronic signatures on petitions are feasible
Should Utah pay teachers more to boost test scores?
Fed policies are choking oil and gas in Utah, report says
Utah's Tolman to Congress: End mandatory federal sentences
1 in 5 Utah families can't afford enough food, survey says
House adopts Lee's Obamacare strategy - Now what?
Op-ed: State school board needs election, not selection
Richard Davis: Raise the debt ceiling, then talk about spending less
Editorial: Utahns should wish Greg Bell well
Sen. Mike Lee teams up with powerful Democrat for sake of economy
Poverty in the United States remains high, median income stagnant
Groups lay out arguments against EPA over ozone problem in Uintah Basin
Utah lawmaker proposes CPR training for barkeepers
Dental benefits still not realized by Utah Medicaid participants
Lawmakers discuss role of teacher training in closing state's achievement gap
Service: Gunnison sage grouse listing, protection will cost millions to Utah, Colorado
Salt Lake County receives $2.5M grant to remove lead in old homes
Many children remain unnecessarily uninsured in Utah
Count My Vote launches initiative to change Utah's primary elections
More Utahns raising relatives' children due to parents' substance abuse
More divorced, widowed Americans choosing to stay single
Count My Vote kicks off initiative effort (Daily Herald)
Mayor's towing program asks for higher standard (Daily Herald)
Legislature looking to move party convention dates in 2014 (Daily Herald)
Editorial: Audit = good government (Standard-Examiner)
Audit of Utah Attorney General's Office shelved for now (Standard-Examiner)
Audit: State wastes millions on managing prison parolees (Standard-Examiner)
Audit says Utah prison overfeeding female inmates (Standard-Examiner)
House Republicans up ante in showdown over federal shutdown (The Hill)
Hagel Orders Reviews of Security Procedures and Clearances (New York Times)
Aaron Alexis' mother: 'My heart is broken' over Navy Yard shooting (CNN)
House GOP Ties Government Funding to Health Law (Wall Street Journal)
Political donations from vets scammer downplayed (Associated Press)
Court decides if gay juror can be taken off case (Associated Press)
Wendy Davis to possibly announce run for Texas governor (Los Angeles Times)
Receding Colorado floodwaters reveal devastation, danger (Fox News)
GOP Sen. Rand Paul, Democratic senators push for overhaul of mandatory minimum sentences (Associated Press)
Idaho Man Pleads Guilty in 2011 White House Shooting (Bloomberg)
Activists arrested after Obama nixes stopping deportations (NBC Latino)