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Friday, September 27, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 27, 2013
Countdown: There are 40 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 124 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 399 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 836 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • The House committee investigating Attorney General John Swallow issues two subpoenas demanding his office turn over records of air travel or other gifts provided to him or his family, and details of any personal use of office resources [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Sen. Mike Lee is getting heat from both sides of the aisle for delaying a procedural vote on a measure to fund the government [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he's still "weighing the options" on whether Utah will accept Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  • Dan Liljenquist argues Obamacare is another step down the road toward single-payer healthcare [Deseret News].
  • Oh noes! Utah drops to third place in the latest Forbes rankings on "Best States for Business" [Tribune].
  • The latest count turns up 622 local governments in Utah, which is up from 588 five years ago [Tribune].
  • The State Auditor's Office identifies a number of issues with bookeeping by Kaysville city [Standard-Examiner].
  • House Speaker Becky Lockhart holds a fundraiser even though she has publicly said she will not run for re-election in 2014, fueling speculation she is readying a run for Governor in 2016 [Tribune].
  • A expert says a proposed nuclear power plant near Green River is a "non-starter" because the company behind the project will not be able to raise the financing or find a market for their electricity if it ever does get built [Tribune].
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is backing off a little from their previous criticisms of the West Davis Corridor freeway [Tribune].
  • The state liquor commission awards club licenses to two applicants while 11 others are still waiting [Tribune].
  • Utah students are passing Advanced Placement exams at a higher rate than the national average [Tribune].
  • On Saturday, activist Erin Brockovich will take part in a rally opposing a medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake [Tribune].
  • A dispute between a North Ogden city councilman and a resident is continuing over an application for a permit to run a home-based auto repair business [Standard-Examiner].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah drops to third in latest Forbes business rankings

Dying for coverage: Utahn lobbies to expand Medicaid

Shhh NSA's Utah Data Center may be open already

How many local governments in Utah? 622

Expert calls proposed Utah nuclear power plant a 'non-starter'

Salt Lake City police chief: Immigration enforcement kills public trust

Lee, Cruz take heat for latest delay tactic

House panel to Swallow, A.G.'s office: Hand over records

Utah judge recounts his time on secret surveillance court

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Obamacare will lead to single-payer health care

Op-ed: Wow, Utah is in the Top 4

Orrin Hatch's op-ed about fiscal responsibility gets real traction

Ogden doctor challenging Rep. Rob Bishop

Lawmakers, school principals discuss best practices for at-risk students

Utah guardsmen head to Colorado to rebuild - if federal government allows it

Utah House committee orders Swallow, AG's office to turn over documents

Thousands of Utahns have entered deferred deportation program

National Headlines

Congress down to one-week CR (The Hill)

GOP leaders try to change the subject (The Hill)

Boehner: House unlikely to accept clean funding bill from Senate (The Hill)

'Hopeful': Iranians warm to possible thaw in relations after president's remarks (CNN)

House Republicans shift Obamacare to U.S. debt limit fight (Reuters)

Aaron Alexis carried copy of Microsoft Office, other disks into Navy Yard building (Washington Post)

Class of 2013 SAT Scores Show No Improvement From Prior Year (Bloomberg)

Portland stripper shares private messages with Newark mayor (KPTV)

California man behind anti-Islam film to be freed from federal custody (CNN)

Army tattoo policy wouldn't allow visible ink (USA Today)

Amid Criticism, Border Patrol to Change Use-of-Force Policy (Frontline)

W.H. official: Don't expect wave of enrollment (Politico)

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