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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 3, 2013
Countdown: There are 64 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 148 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 423 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 860 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Members of Utah's Congressional delegation talk about possible military action against Syria. Reps. Jim Matheson and Jason Chaffetz both say they currently plan to vote "no" [KSL].
  • The Utah House picks two firms to assist in the investigation into Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune].
  • City Weekly has 5 questions they've asked about John Swallow's self imposed "chaperone" program to keep him from meeting with people who could cause a conflict of interest. They have yet to receive an answer [City Weekly].
  • It's not just John Swallow. Utah has a rich history of political scandal [Tribune].
  • Paul Rolly says Sen. Mike Lee is getting more desperate in his attempts to raise money off his opposition to Obamacare [Tribune].
  • Daniel Burton hits Rep. Jim Matheson for not holding a public meeting with constituents since 2007 [Publius Online].
  • State trust land officials say they will move forward with a plan to open up part of the Book Cliffs to energy exploration despite opposition from Gov. Gary Herbert [Deseret News].
  • Things that make you go "hmmmm"...Washington City issues a permit for a new gun range, right next to a shelter for battered women [Tribune].
  • A leader in the opposition to Utah implementing Common Core educational standards encourages followers to pray for the program's defeat [Deseret News].
  • Utah Democrats say Republicans on the Education Task Force are trying to scapegoat teachers for failings in the state's educational system [Deseret News].
  • Social media seems to be contributing to the nasty tone in some municipal elections in Northern Utah [Standard-Examiner].
  • American Fork City Council member Heidi Rodeback says it's vital voters there approve a $20 million bond for road construction [Daily Herald].
  • A shift in immigration policy by the Obama administration many not help many Utahns [Tribune].
  • The new Draper TRAX line exceeds ridership projections during the first week of operation [Tribune].
  • The LDS Church says most Mormons live outside of the United States [Deseret News].
  • Hot enough for you? This summer has been the hottest on record in Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • Remember this guy? Former Salt Lake City Olympic leader Tom Welch is an investor in a big water park in Nevada [Tribune].

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Local Headlines

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Chris Stewart: EPA transparency

Op-ed: SITLA needs a makeover

Op-ed: Drilling leases won't harm land

Editorial: Off limits: Herbert stands up for preservation

Editorial: Grading the system: School grades are fuel for change

Editorial: States rights: Marriage and marijuana

Life in Congress - it isn't like in the movies

Immigration policy shift may not help many in Utah

Embattled Utah labor unions score recent organizing successes

Reaching for hope: Understanding Utah's health care exchange

Rolly: UTA train ride enters into the Twilight Zone

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Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah's handling of education could be a model for the nation

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Robert Bennett: Congress is needed in Syria decision

Editorial: Those without skills will always struggle, regardless of the minimum wage

Common Core opponents encouraged to pray for standards' defeat

Utah Dems fire at GOP lawmakers in defense of teachers, SLC School District

Utah House committee names investigators for Swallow probe

Ute Indian Tribe announces boycott of Roosevelt businesses citing racial profiling by police

School trust managers say they will go forward with oil lease plan

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Chaffetz working to keep agents on the border (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Commission will issue bonds for library system (Standard-Examiner)

Op-ed: Demand accountability from legislators for an unwise school grading program (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Keep feds out of college ratings (Standard-Examiner)

Gov. Herbert not rushing Medicaid decision (Standard-Examiner)

Social media empowers vicious local political campaigns (Standard-Examiner)

Two teams of investigators to help in Swallow probe (Standard-Examiner)

Cache educators criticize Utah's new 'School Grading' system (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Bashar Assad loses U.S. friends as Kerry, Hagel and Biden take Bush's stance on Syria (Washington Times)

Obama seeks to recruit McCain, Graham backing on Syria military action (The Hill)

Labor union frustration boils over with president on ObamaCare (The Hill)

Rep. Grayson: Obama case for Syria 'doesn't make any sense' (The Hill)

Immigration advocates vow big Washington rallies to press reform (The Hill)

Syria resolution will be 'a very tough sell' in Congress, lawmakers say (Washington Post)

U.S. intelligence agencies spend millions to hunt for insider threats, document shows (Washington Post)

Obama and aides confront skeptical Congress on Syria strike (Reuters)

Kerry, Hagel to testify at U.S. Senate hearing on Syria Tuesday (Reuters)

AT&T provides DEA with 26 years worth of phone call data (BGR)

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