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Thursday, September 5, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 5, 2014
Countdown:There are 62 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 146 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 421 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 858 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Proponents and critics of Utahs new school grading system speak out after the first round of grades are released [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Charter schools fare no better than public schools under the new school grading system [Deseret News].
  • Pat Bagley says what's good for the goose should be good for the gander with a "report card" for Utah legislators [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee speaks out against missile strikes against Syria [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart faces criticism from attendees at a town hall meeting in the Avenues [Tribune].
  • Rep. Stewart already has an opponent in the 2014 election. Democrat Luz Robles will officially announce her candidacy next week [Utah Policy].
  • New documents showing the involvement of a businessman accused of fraud in a commercial development near a UTA FrontRunner station is prompting calls to investigate the UTA. That businessman had ties to former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, raising questions as to whether the AG's office should be involved in the investigation [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jim Nielson says there is no way Utah will ever legalize medical marijuana [Standard-Examiner].
  • Jon Huntsman's Red Rock PAC reports $100,000 raised in the latest financial statements with half of that total going toward start-up costs [Tribune].
  • Leaders from several faith communities protest outside the Governor's mansion to encourage Gov. Herbert to opt in to Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  • Herbert meets with the Log Cabin Republicans [KUTV].
  • The Interior Department is warning Utah transportation officials the proposed West Davis Corridor freeway would harm wetlands and would like them to consider an alternative to building the road [Tribune].
  • A federal judge signs off on an agreement between Juab County and the Bureau of Land Management to manage ATV use in the Deep Creek Mountains [Tribune].
  • People and businesses surrounding Pioneer Park say illegal activity is on the rise in that area [KSL].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams unveils a new program to encourage residents to recycle [Tribune].
  • Rocky Mountain Power is set to enact a $54 million rate hike [Tribune].


Today At Utah Policy

Fight Over School Grading System Heating Up
A political backlash over the GOP-controlled Utah Legislature's new school grading system is ramping up....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Get Ready for the John Swallow Charm Offensive
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Luz Robles Officially Running for Congress
Republican Chris Stewart already has an opponent in the 2014 election - Democratic State Senator Luz Robles....

Weekly Survey: Count My Vote Reports Big Donations
The "Count My Vote" group announced they are 1/3 of the way to their goal of $1.5 million dollars for their effort to establish an alternative path to Utah's primary ballot. Do you think they will be able to get the issue before voters? Vote now in our weekly survey....

To Dodge Law, High-Cost Lender Offers Cash for Free
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Featured Items

Five Affordable Care Act Compliance Traps
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SLC International Rebuild Ready for Takeoff
Members of the Salt Lake Chamber Utah Transportation Coalition got an inside look at the Salt Lake City International Airport's $1.8 billion rebuild....

Polling Says Americans Don't Trust Polls
Talk about irony. A new poll says 3/4 of Americans think polls are biased....

Opposition to Syria Strike Creates Strange Bedfellows
Debate over congressional authorization of a military strike in Syria has produced an unlikely antiwar coalition that includes Tea Party favorites such as Mike Lee and Rand Paul and outspoken liberals like Alan Grayson and Charlie Rangel....

Mayor McAdams to Host Twitter Chat
Members of the public will have a chance to participate in a candid, personal discussion with Mayor Ben McAdams via his first Twitter Chat this Thursday, September 5 at 10:30 a.m. The topic for the hour long Twitter Chat is education....

Transparency: Shining the Light on School Grading
When the roll-out of a landmark educational policy is prefaced by statements from legislative leaders like, "you should expect resistance from some who are uncomfortable with transparency," or, in referring to comments from concerned educators, "don't take them seriously," i...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: A vote of conscience: Leave politics aside in Syria question

Huntsman PAC raises $100k, spends half starting up

Utah's letter grades for schools will engage communities, proponents say

Judge signs off on Deep Creeks road accord

Faith leaders protest Utah governor's position on Medicaid

Murray mayor gets speeding case dismissed, won't back down

Feds say new Utah highway would permanently harm wetlands

Stewart faces polite if skeptical audience in town hall meeting

Documents raise questions about AG's probe of UTA deal

Deseret News

Op-ed: Mandatory sentences can defy logic

Jay Evensen: Utah's school grades are opportunity for real reform

Dan Liljenquist: We owe our fallen soldiers deliberation on Syria

Editorial: Making the case

Sen. Mike Lee warns missile strikes against Syria could be dangerous

Utah charter schools grades no better than traditional schools

Lawyers, judges debate 'under God' phrase in Pledge of Allegiance

Other

Nebo School District and Utah top the nation for ACT scores (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Medical marijuana as treatment (Standard-Examiner)

Utah critics: Grading system flawed, schools misrepresented (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden School District superintendent shows support for grading system (Standard-Examiner)

Bountiful legislator caught up in 'reefer madness,' says Utah will never OK medical pot (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama: 'I didn't set a red line' (The Hill)

McCain wants to expand Obama's battlefield authority (The Hill)

Bradley Manning is seeking a presidential pardon (Los Angeles Times)

Bill Clinton urges unity for Obama's health care law (USA Today)

NAACP, KKK conduct first-ever summit to explore race issues in Wyoming (Post-Standard)

Pledge Of Allegiance Challenge Heard In Massachusetts Court (Associated Press)

Bloomberg sues City Council to overturn law targeting stop-and-frisk profiling (New York Daily News)

Federal jury rejects 'N-word' among blacks in workplace (New York Daily News)

Poll: Scott Stringer slight lead over Eliot Spitzer (Politico)

The United States Army finally shaved off Nidal Hasan's beard (Daily Caller)

S&P: U.S. lawsuit is retaliation for downgrade (CNNMoney)

U.S. energy lifting economy more than expected (USA Today)






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