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Thursday, September 26, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 26, 2013
Countdown:There are 41 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 125 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 400 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 837 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Sen. Mike Lee takes a supporting role in Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's 21-hour non-filibuster [Tribune].
  • Sen. Lee is planning a trip to Iowa in November, fueling some speculation he has his eyes on the White House [Deseret News].
  • The NSA's data center at Camp Williams may already be operating [Tribune].
  • The Utah Legislature unveils a new website feature allowing citizens to track legislation during the session [Utah Policy].
  • Utah prepares to run its own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act [KSL].
  • Utah's Congressional Republicans are pushing a measure to protect religious people who oppose same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  • Colorado officials are asking the Pentagon to allow Utah National Guard engineers who have been furloughed because of federal sequester budget cuts to be allowed to help with flood recovery efforts in that state [Tribune].
  • The "Count My Vote" group releases a letter signed by 15 past presidents of the Utah State Bar saying their initiative passes constitutional muster [Tribune].
  • Utah child advocacy groups stand behind President Obama's plan to hike cigarette taxes to pay for preschool education [Tribune].
  • Utah joins 39 other states in urging the federal government to regulate e-cigarettes [KSL].
  • The Salt Lake County Council debates whether they should join the call to shut down a medical incinerator in North Salt Lake [Tribune].
  • Utah Judge Carolyn McHugh, a nominee to the federal bench, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee [Tribune].
  • Residents in Enoch are gathering signatures to oppose a proposed 113% property tax hike [Fox 13].

Today At Utah Policy

New Online Feature Allows Tracking of Bills on Utah's Capitol Hill
Always looking for more public input and transparency in their process, Utah lawmakers' official web site has a new feature you can "track" a bill from the day it's sponsor opens a bill file right through numbering and, hopefully, passage....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: The Value of 'No'
Sen. Mike Lee's Quixotic and bizarre attempt to shut down the government to stop Obamacare reminds me of a couple of pointless events from this past weekend....

Sen. Hatch says Bill Clinton was a 'Darn Fine' President
What a difference 14 years makes. Sen. Orrin Hatch says Bill Clinton's time in the White House was remarkable, and could prove instructive for Barack Obama....

Sen. Mike Lee Wants to be a Pirate (Video)
During the Ted Cruz defund Obamacare non-filibuster, Sen. Mike Lee took to the floor of the Senate and expressed his desire to become a pirate....

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....

Featured Items

Enterprising Cities: SLC's Investment Key to Economic Strength
Salt Lake City's leaders focus on the future as well as the investments and partnerships required to ensure future competition and continued prosperity for the Salt Lake region, according to a new report released today by theU.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The report,En...

Weekly Survey: Mike Lee vs. Obamacare
Sen. Mike Lee is continuing his efforts to defund Obamacare. What effect do you think this has on his perception among voters in Utah? Vote now!...

Count My Vote Delivers Constitutional Memorandum and Letter
Today, Count My Vote delivered a comprehensive legal memorandum to the Utah Lieutenant Governor's office, which examines the constitutionality of its citizens' initiative petition. The memo was accompanied by a letter signed by fifteen former Presidents of the Utah State Bar...

Utah Falls from Top Spot on Forbes List
Though no longer #1, Utah still earns a top five ranking on Forbes' list of America's best states for business....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Hatch right, Lee wrong, on shutdown threats

National, Utah premiums unveiled for health overhaul plan

Q&A: What would a government shutdown mean to you?

Should smokers pay more to boost Utah preschool funding?

Attorneys: Count My Vote proposal passes legal muster

Utah Republicans push House bill to protect gay marriage foes

Salt Lake County debates Davis County waste plant

SLC Council to hold outdoor hearing on Sugar House plan

Colo. lawmakers seek Pentagon OK for Utah help in floods

Former U. prof develops car with no-cost fuel, no emissions

Utah's Lee backs up Cruz in 21-hour marathon speech

Utahn lauded as 10th Circuit appeals court pick

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Utah politics are about to change, despite parties

Op-ed: Let's find solutions to gun violence

Editorial: Mass shooting averted - a victory for vigilance

Preschool, child health advocates urge support of federal tobacco tax

Nominees announced for appeals court vacancy

Green River to host Intermountain West's first refinery since 1976

Christian denominations sorting out how to navigate world with same-sex marriage

Sen. Mike Lee taking his stand against health care law to Iowa, may be eyeing White House

Fifty years later does JFK's Tabernacle speech still resonate?

National Headlines

Cruz ends marathon ObamaCare protest after more than 21 hours (The Hill)

House Republicans to tie debt ceiling hike to GOP wish list (The Hill)

Vatican official: Pelosi should be denied communion for 'grave sin' on abortion (The Hill)

Senate votes to proceed with funding bill (Washington Post)

FBI says Navy Yard shooter had no specific target (USA Today)

Iran tries to shine light on Israeli nukes (Associated Press)

Gun group plans shotgun giveaway in central Fla. (Associated Press)

Gov. Brown signs bill to raise minimum wage to $10 by 2016 (Los Angeles Times)

Bono nails Bill Clinton impersonation (USA Today)

Why you should care about latest govt budget fight (MSN Money)

Boston gets first 'real' mayor's race in 20 years (Christian Science Monitor)

Ohio uses last lethal drug dose to execute convicted murderer (Reuters)

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"Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is apparently so mad over the NSA's spying scandal that she has canceled her trip to the White House next month. Of course it didn't help when Brazil called to say they weren't coming and the White House was like, 'Yeah, we heard.'" Jimmy Fallon Political Humor

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