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Friday, September 20, 2013

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Twelve Things You Need to Know About Utah Politics - September 20, 2013
Countdown: There are 47 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 131 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 406 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 843 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Here's a totally bizarre story. Tim Lawson, who is tied to former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and current AG John Swallow would very much like to be named as the replacement for outgoing Lt. Gov. Greg Bell [City Weekly].
  • Some members of the Utah House are beginning to question the need for the legislative probe targeting Swallow [Tribune].
  • The FBI says, even though they will not prosecute Swallow, they are still assisting in another investigation into the embattled Attorney General [Deseret News].
  • Bob Bernick argues the "Count My Vote" initiative would fundamentally change Utah politics for the better [Utah Policy].
  • It's not what it sounds like. Utah lawmakers discuss how to address LUST prevention, which actually stands for "leaking underground storage tanks" [Standard-Examiner].
  • Sen. Mike Lee says Republicans in Congress will get united in the effort to defund Obamacare [Tribune].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop wants the feds to stay out of the way and stop opposing the proposed West Davis Corridor freeway [Tribune].
  • What will Utah spend the $242 million budget surplus on? Maybe some new buildings on state college campuses [Tribune].
  • Eight presidents from Utah colleges and Universities are urging Congress to pass immigration reform [Tribune].
  • The gap between what men and women earn in Utah is the 4th-biggest in the nation with women earning 70-cents for every dollar a man brings in [Tribune].
  • Utah lags behind the rest of the nation in enrolling kids for the CHIP program [KSL].
  • New Census numbers show Utah is #1 for big families, most marriages and stay-at-home moms [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Cut off the Head and the Body Will Die
Best to just cut off the snake's head.That's how I see the move by Count My Vote to not "tweak" Utah's caucus/convention, primary ballot candidate process, but in effect dump the current caucus/convention system for a direct route to a party's primary....

Study: Women in Politics Less Corrupt than Men
A new study suggests that women involved in politics are less likely to be corrupt than their male counterparts....

Weekly Survey: Who Will Replace Greg Bell?
Speculation is running rampant about who could replace Lt. Gov. Greg Bell. Give us your best guess in our weekly survey....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Do As I Say, Not As I Do
Something very curious happened after federal investigators announced they would not pursue charges against Attorney General John Swallow....

'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....

Featured Items

Video: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #160
Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell steps down. "Count My Vote" decides to push for open primaries in Utah and the state ends the fiscal year with a $240 million surplus.Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week in Utah politics....

Honoring the Gettysburg Address
Words are powerful things.November 19th marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address one of the most compelling speeches in history....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Utah Hike of the week: Broads Fork Trail - Big Cottonwood Canyon--Tribune: Utah curling clubs see increase in interest-- For thelatest wildlife news and informationand thefishing reportvisit the DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- The Act of Killing: ...

Tension Between Obama and Greens over Drilling in Swell
Utah environmentalists experience cognitive dissonance after the Obama administration signals its intention to open portions of the San Rafael Swell to oil and gas drilling....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Count our votes: Drive to open up elections begins

Despite infighting, Lee predicts unified GOP against Obamacare

Health exchange glitch may delay coverage for some Utahns

Mormons join Hawaii's gay-marriage fight, but with a new approach

Census snapshot: Utahns again a 'peculiar people'

Utah university presidents push immigration reform

Could Utah's $242 million state surplus fund new university buildings?

Rolly: Utah bureaucrats with too much time on their hands

Utah's 'wage gap' is fourth-biggest in the nation

Rep. Bishop blasts feds on West Davis freeway

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Money alone won't help schools succeed

Op-ed: Gov. Herbert should support expanding Medicaid

Dan Liljenquist: Greg Bell will be missed in state government

Editorial: Consequences?

Utah college and university presidents call for immigration reform

FBI confirms ongoing role in John Swallow investigation


Is University Mall becoming another City Creek? (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Bell's resignation (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Boehner challenges Senate GOP to 'get the job done' on defunding (The Hill)

Lawmakers clash over Benghazi 'whitewash' (The Hill)

Obama enlists Clinton for tag team event touting healthcare law (The Hill)

Washington Navy Yard opening 3 days after massacre (Fox News)

DeLay conviction overturned (Houston Chronicle)

Boehner blasts Obama for bargaining with Putin, not Congress ahead of budget vote (Fox News)

Obama Calls Record U.S. Exports a Big 'Bright Spot' in Recovery (Bloomberg)

Family Research Council Shooter Gets 25 Years (Associated Press)

Court: Facebook 'Likes' Are Protected Speech (Entrepreneur)

Zuckerberg says he's in D.C. for immigration - and optimistic (Politico)

Measure of US Economy's Health up 0.7 Percent (ABC News)

Bob Goodlatte to deliver online sales tax plan (Politico)

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