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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 24, 2013
Countdown: There are 43 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 127 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 402 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 839 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Sen. Mike Lee wants Senate Republicans to block a bill passed by the House to keep the government running while defunding Obamacare [Tribune].
  • The "Count My Vote" initiative, if passed, would make it easier for Democrats to get on the ballot than it would be for Republicans [Utah Policy].
  • Utah GOP officials want to move primary elections from June to a later date [Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert names a new head of the Utah Department of Human Services [Tribune].
  • The fight over whether a proposed nuclear power plant in Emery County moves to the courtroom [Deseret News].
  • UDOT releases the public comments about the proposed West Davis Corridor freeway [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council is set to debate new restrictions on horse-drawn carriages [Tribune].
  • The Sandy City Council will consider a measure to keep protestors 100 feet away from the home of the person they are picketing [Tribune].
  • The EPA begins cleaning up the Parish Chemical Co. site in Utah County [Tribune].
  • Provo takes the top spot among the "most generous" cities in the U.S. [Daily Herald].
  • Prosecutors say a Salt Lake City man planned to go on a shooting rampage at the City Creek Center [Deseret News].

Today At Utah Policy

How 'Count My Vote' Would Favor Democrats Seeking a Place on the Ballot
The axiom goes, "Life is not fair."And so it would be for Republican and Democratic candidates in Utah should the Count My Vote citizen initiative petition becomes law in the Beehive State....

Utah-Mexico and Utah-Israeli Chambers of Commerce May Help Boost Utah's International Trade Strategy
This October, the Governor's Office of Economic Development, EDCUtah and World Trade Center Utah will host a prominent Israeli venture capitalist and his team of scientists and financial advisors. They will be here to investigate an opportunity to relocate or open an America...

Ted Turner says Men Should be Banned from Holding Public Office
CNN founder Ted Turner has a novel idea for getting more women involved in politics - ban men from holding office for a century....

Writer Shows How Easy it is to Get a Utah Concealed Carry Permit
A writer for Mother Jones Magazine uses Utah's concealed carry law to get a permit on the East coast....

Coburn: Senate Can't Defund Obamacare (Video)
Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn throws cold water all over Sen. Mike Lee's desire to defund Obamacare, saying the Senate doesn't have the political power to make it happen....

California to Require Campaigns to Reveal Paid Bloggers
California election officials will soon wade into the murky world of online journalism by requiring campaigns to reveal whether they are paying bloggers....

Featured Items

New American Community Survey Data Released
According to the American Community Survey data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, poverty remained unchanged and incomes stagnant in Utah last year, showing the continuing pain of the recession and underscoring the need for Utah to do more to help struggling people a...

Governor Names New Director of Human Services
Today Governor Gary R. Herbert named Ann Silverberg Williamson the executive director of the Utah Department of Human Services. Williamson was the top candidate to emerge from a nationwide search to replace retiring executive director Palmer DePaulis....

National Oversight Group Convening in Salt Lake City
Mayor Ralph Becker and Police Chief Chris Burbank are pleased to welcome the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement to Salt Lake City for its 19th Annual Conference at the Little America Hotel onSept. 22-26....

Who Will Be Utah's Next Lt. Governor?
Who will Gov. Gary Herbert select to replace Lt. Governor Greg Bell? We asked our "Political Insiders" and readers who they think will end up as Utah's next #2 at the statehouse.Selected anonymous comments:"Who ever the Utah GOP has tapped to be the next Governor.""No notion...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Seelig: Time to ratify ban on nuclear testing

Editorial: Utah's water too valuable to squander on nuke plant

Appeals court sides with Microsoft over Utah-based Novell's antitrust claims

After Navy Yard shooting, no appetite for gun control in Washington

Gov. Gary Herbert picks new Human Services boss

To kill Obamacare, Sen. Lee ready to oppose bill he supports

EPA to start clean-up at Utah County site

West Davis freeway receives more criticism

Nuclear plant company defends water rights

SLC Council to take reins on horse-drawn carriages

Sandy considering ban on picketing near a target's home

Deseret News

Op-ed: The caucus system is a balanced approach to representation

Editorial: Crime in perspective: Utah remains one of the safest states, crime nationwide not a growing problem

Editorial: Politics of brinkmanship

Trial begins on water for proposed nuclear power plant

Doug Robinson: Memo from teachers: We can't teach 'em if they're not here

GOP still pushing for later primary date

Microsoft did not break antitrust laws in dealings with Novell, court rules

Landowner says desert tortoise, federal government left him bankrupt

Capturing history: From Rutherford to Obama, here's a look at US presidents in Utah

Is the STEM shortage a manufactured crisis?

Kenyans in Utah find comfort, hope together after Nairobi mall attack


County lawmaker questioning Swallow probe (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Wasted money on parolees (Standard-Examiner)

UDOT releases public comments to West Davis Corridor (Standard-Examiner)

Advertising coming to Davis District school buses (Standard-Examiner)

Layton official suggests rounding up citizens' utility bills (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Strained relationships increase likelihood of fiscal calamity (The Hill)

Accused Boston bomber will learn by January if U.S. will seek death (Reuters)

Obama, GOP look at shutdown in a week (USA Today)

Study: Number of immigrants in U.S. illegally has stopped falling (Los Angeles Times)

Obama endorses NYC mayoral candidate (USA Today)

Police: NYC mob attacks Sikh professor, thinking he's Muslim (USA Today)

Facebook co-founder's husband announces run for Congress (CBS News)

Boston Police Commissioner Davis, face of Marathon bombing investigation, steps down (Fox News)

Navy Yard shooting: 'There's a guy slaughtering people with a shotgun' (CNN)

Who Receives 'Food Stamps'? Why It Is Critical To Continue Their Support (Forbes)

Republican Senate Candidate Lonegan Speaks to Supporters in New Milford (

Obama unlikely to name Fed head this week: source (Reuters)

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