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Friday, September 6, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 6, 2013
Countdown: There are 61 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 145 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 420 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 857 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • The Utah AG's office turns over an investigation into a real-estate development near a Draper FrontRunner station over to the feds due to a potential conflict of interest involving former AG Mark Shurtleff [Tribune].
  • Attorneys for accused fraudster Jeremy Johnson alleges federal prosecutors may be withholding evidence from them [Tribune].
  • Even though the state spent $30,000 to drug test some welfare applicants, the Department of Workforce Services says the program saved the state nearly $400,000 [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City unveils the Sugar House Streetcar line which is scheduled to open in early December [Tribune].
  • Bob Bernick says Count My Vote will have no trouble getting the number of signatures needed to get on the ballot in 2014, but the real battle comes after those signatures are turned in [Utah Policy].
  • Sen. Todd Weiler proposes a ban on the burning of medical waste in Utah [Standard-Examiner].
  • Defense contractor L-3 Communications, which happens to be Utah's fourth-biggest private employer, lays off 420 people because of sequester-related budget cuts [Tribune].
  • Davis County officials are eyeing a vote-by-mail program to combat low voter turnout [Standard-Examiner].
  • Salt Lake City police deny reports that illegal activity is on the rise in the area around Pioneer Park [KSL].
  • State officials are worried about the number of fatal rollover accidents that happened in Utah over the summer [Tribune].
  • A group is planning an LGBT pride festival in Provo later this month [Tribune].
  • The tens of thousands of people descending on Salt Lake City for Comic Con could make a giant impact on Utah's economy [KSL].

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: The Real Fight Over 'Count My Vote' Will Happen After the Signatures are Turned In
News this week that the Count My Vote citizen initiative petition folks have raised more than $554,000 in their effort to get a change to political parties' candidate nomination process on the 2014 general election ballot.Considering the fund raising power of those behind th...

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....

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
What happens if the feds decline to prosecute Attorney General John Swallow?...

Luz Robles Officially Running for Congress
Republican Chris Stewart already has an opponent in the 2014 election - Democratic State Senator Luz Robles....

Featured Items

A Painful Problem
Utah sits proudly atop several lists-from Best Quality of Life to the Best State for Business state for business. Unfortunately, we qualifyfor another list, which we can no longer tolerate. Utah has the seventh highest suicide rate overall and the fifth highest suicide rate ...

Video: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #158
Utah unveils their new school grading system, Luz Robles decides to run for Congress and the "Count My Vote" group raises more than $500,000 to get on the ballot.Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week in Utah politics....

John Zogby to Speak in Salt Lake City on September 17
The 2013-2014 Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series hosted by theUtah Council for Citizen Diplomacyis underway with many fascinating speakers ahead. Clickhereto view the full 2013-14 schedule for the World Affairs Lecture Series.The series begin...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Utah and Forest Service split on La Sals goat plan--Tribune: High mercury prompts new Utah fish consumption warnings--Tribune: Utah rivers will soon turn red as kokanee salmon begin their arduous journey-- For thelatest wildlife news and informationand...

Media: NBC Spent More Covering Mitt Romney Because of MSNBC's Liberal Leanings
NBC News was so worried about the liberal bent of its cable television channel MSNBC that they consciouslyhad to spend more money covering the Romney campaign than other outlets....

New School Grading System Will Ultimately Help Minority Students
Yesterday, with the announcement of school grading results, I learned that the charter elementary school that two of my grandchildren attend received a "B" grade. The name of the school is the Ogden Preparatory Academy (OPA)....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: No highway is best: Feds agree with local groups

Construction of $37 million Sugar House Streetcar line completed

Conflict prompts Utah A.G.'s office to hand UTA case to feds

Prosecutorial misconduct issue raised again in Jeremy Johnson case

Murray mayor fails to get speeding ticket tossed for good

Paul Rolly: Tale of two senators: Lee begs, Hatch acts

Deseret News

Op-ed: Caucus system serves Utah best

Editorial: Athletic fees

New streetcar S-line set to open Dec. 8 in Sugar House

New voice emerges in criticism for West Davis highway route

State Sen. Luz Robles challenging GOP Congressman Chris Stewart

Swedish physicians impressed by Intermountain Healthcare facilities

Percentage of households cohabiting by state


Lee opposed to military action in Syria (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Gathering out-of-state students (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden educator applauds controversial new grading system (Standard-Examiner)

Utah lawmakers hesitant to support use of force in Syria (Standard-Examiner)

Weiler seeks ban on burning medical waste (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama needs game-changer to win House vote on Syria (The Hill)

Obama cancels LA trip as 'no' votes on Syria resolution pile up (The Hill)

Poll: Public sees little difference between Democrats, Republicans in Congress (The Hill)

Files show NSA cracks, weakens Internet encryption (USA Today)

NY mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner argues with bakery heckler (BBC News)

Minn. mayor urges Chicago gays to wed in his city (USA Today)

Mich. professor pulled from classroom after GOP rant (USA Today)

Why Quinn Angers Voters (New York Times)

Wal-Mart Speaks Out on Protests (Fox Business)

Wal-Mart and Washington D.C. in minimum wage showdown (Reuters)

Turnover at Federal Reserve adds uncertainty to interest rate and QE3 promises (Washington Post)

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