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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 25, 2013
Countdown: There are 42 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 126 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 401 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 838 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch joins with other Senate Republicans to reject Sen. Mike Lee's plan to defund Obamacare [Tribune].
  • A new study says building "bus rapid transit" systems are more cost effective, and attract more economic development than building rail transit [Tribune].
  • The Utah Health Reform Task Force is examining whether charity care could be an effective alternative to Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  • Speculation is growing that Gov. Gary Herbert will select his chief of staff, Derek Miller, to replace outgoing Lt. Gov. Greg Bell [Utah Policy].
  • Advocates worry a new law requiring schools to notify parents about bullying incidents could inadvertantly "out" LGBT students [Tribune].
  • The company behind a proposed nuclear power plant near Green River says demand for electricity is rising, creating a need for their facility [Tribune].
  • Records show a former UDOT employee helps her new firm secure a lucrative state contract with UDOT after she left [City Weekly].
  • Utah consumers are feeling more confident about the economy, but worries about how the federal government is handling the economy are dampening some of that enthusiasm [Tribune].
  • Jesse Harris argues the "Count My Vote" citizen's initiative would make it harder for candidates to get on the ballot [Opinionated @ CFE].
  • The LDS Church plans to broadcast the priesthood session of general conference for the first time ever [KSL].
  • Utah clean air groups may turn their sights on oil refineries and Hill Air Force Base next [Standard-Examiner].
  • State liquor officials decline to give a liquor license to a proposed restaurant in the Foothill neighborhood because the establishment wouldn't have enough parking [Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake County Council confirms Kevin Jacobs as the new assessor [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council decides to ask the mayor's office and Salt Lake County Animal services to help draft regulations for horse-drawn carriages [Tribune].

Today At Utah Policy

Speculation Building that Derek Miller will Replace Greg Bell
A number of Utah Capitol insiders say it is growing more and more likely that Gov. Gary Herbert will select his Chief of Staff Derek Miller as his new Lt. Governor....

Sen. Lee is Not Happy Republicans are Trashing Ted Cruz
Sen. Mike Lee would really like to know which Republicans sent "opposition research" against Sen. Ted Cruz to Fox News....

Somebody Lost Millions Betting on Romney to Win in 2012
Oh, wow! One person lost between $4 and $7 million dollars in the final weeks of the 2012 election betting on Mitt Romney to win....

WSJ Editorial Lambastes Lee, Cruz for Obamacare Strategy
The Wall Street Journal editorial board says Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz should reap what they sow if they shut down the government in an effort to defund Obamacare....

Under 'Count My Vote,' Most Dems Would Need Few Signatures to Get 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....

Featured Items

New Group Hopes to Attract Urban Voters to the GOP
There's a new super PAC that hopes to get voters in urban areas to punch their ballots for Republican candidates....

Every Constitution in the World
This is really neat. Google is helping to fund a project to put every single constitution in the world in one searchable database....

More Americans than Ever Think the Federal Government has Too Much Power
A new poll says a record number of Americans think government is too powerful....

Why the Feds Chose Utah for Data Center
The NSA selected Bluffdale, Utah as the site of the new Utah Data Center for six attributes: cheap power, unused land, security, logistics, the region's low humidity and cold winter climate, and the patriotism of Utahns....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: New UDOT boss shows promise

Hatch, GOP reject Lee's anti-Obamacare plan

Utah Legislature: Alzheimer's plan advances

Rolly: Legislator is generous with his manure pile

Salt Lake City will keep horse-carriage rides

Sandy sets limits on protests in front of homes

Blue Castle: Utah needs nuclear power

Kennecott pollution suit gets first federal court hearing

Study says Bus Rapid Transit better bang for buck than light rail

Utah consumers mix optimism, pessimism about economy

Deseret News

Amid media maelstrom, Mike Lee calls Ted Cruz 'kindred spirit'

Utah's 2014 conventions moved after clashing with LDS conference and Easter, but fix being called a 'Band-Aid'

Utahns optimistic about economy, report shows

S.L. City Council sends carriage horse question to mayor's office

Advocates: Clean air on trial in Kennecott permit challenge

Orrin Hatch blasts Mike Lee's strategy as filibuster begins

Lawmakers review charity care as an alternative to Medicaid expansion

National Headlines

Lobbyists cheer plan to jam Dems by linking debt hike to tax reform (The Hill)

Brazilian president rails against US surveillance at UN assembly (The Hill)

Health official: We're ready to deal with ObamaCare glitches (The Hill)

Obama to Kerry: Get Iran deal (The Hill)

Global Study Puts Climate Change in Economic Terms (Associated Press)

At U.N., Brazil's Rousseff blasts U.S. spying as breach of law (Reuters)

Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell split on government shutdown (Los Angeles Times)

Report: More Central American migrants coming to USA (Arizona Republic)

Bush to Obama: Keep golfing (NBC News)

Obama claims he hasn't had a cigarette in 6 years -- or has he? (Fox News)

Poll: Booker's lead dwindles in N.J. Senate race (USA Today)

7th-graders suspended for playing with airsoft gun in own yard (Fox News)

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Lighter Side

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