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Monday, September 9, 2013
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - September 9, 2013
Countdown: There are 58 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 142 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 417 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 854 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.
- Nice gig if you can get it. The lead lawyer in the House investigation into John Swallow will charge the state $740 per hour [Tribune].
- Sen. Orrin Hatch has returned to his old consensus building ways in Washington [Tribune].
- Tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz is coming to Utah to raise money for Sen. Mike Lee [Deseret News].
- School Trust Lands officials are not backing down from their decision to open part of the Book Cliffs to energy exploration [Tribune].
- The BLM pulls a dinosaur quarry from a list of lands they plan to lease for oil and gas exploration [Tribune].
- Utah election officials are grappling with changing voting technology, as the electronic voting machines currently in use are quickly becoming obsolete [Tribune].
- Paul Rolly says the state's new school grading system is just the latest legislative attack on public education [Tribune].
- Not content to wait for this year's election, Pignanelli and Webb run down a list of possible future candidates for 2014 and beyond [Deseret News].
- Salt Lake City Mayor Ben McAdams' Twitter chat covers a number of important topics...like twerking and Star Wars [City Weekly].
- Former state Representative Jeff Fox's sentencing on child porn and drug possessioncharges was lenient based on federal guidelines [City Weekly].
- Blogger Daniel Burton worries a proposed federal "shield law" to protect journalists would not include so-called "citizen journalists" [Publius Online].
- Utah could be at the center of a court fight over foreclosures [Tribune].
- Utah farmers push for immigration reform, saying they need more help from immigrant labor [Tribune].
- Talisker, which is seeking to evict Park City Mountain Resort, wants emails between the two entities because they are accusing PCMR of fraud [Tribune].
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Op-ed: Immigration reform, the Utah way
Rolly: Grades the latest attack on schools
Op-ed: It's time to help Utah children with autism
Editorial: Count My Vote: Worthy effort builds strength
Editorial: Drug testing: Keeping help from the poor
SITLA not budging on Book Cliffs deal
Dino quarry yanked from BLM lease sale
Utah farmers say they need more foreign help
State Sen. Luz Robles to take on U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart
Hatch, the Senate deal maker, is back
Utah and Forest Service split on La Sals goat plan
Utahns march for rights for immigrants, the poor
What consumers need to know about the Affordable Care Act
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Who might run in the next few election cycles?
John Florez: No one promised me a rose garden
Editorial: Feeling their pain: Science, abortion and fetal pain
State School Board votes in favor of oil and gas lease
Sen. Ted Cruz coming to Utah to raise money for Sen. Mike Lee
Utah's welfare drug testing saved more than $350,000 in first year, officials say
Editorial: Rep. Bishop's busy vacation (Standard-Examiner)
Meeting scheduled for legislative committee charged with oversight (Standard-Examiner)
Mark Saal: Educator pushback on letter grades for schools gets a big, fat F (Standard-Examiner)
Liberal Dem: Obama should withdraw Syria authorization request (The Hill)
Effort to defund ObamaCare tries to regain its momentum (The Hill)
Three questions for Obama on Syria (CNN)
Chemical attacks in Syria. Where's the proof Assad was responsible? (Christian Science Monitor)
Bloomberg blasts NYC mayoral front-runner de Blasio for 'racist' campaign (Washington Times)
Yosemite fire now third largest in California history (Los Angeles Times)
Republican NYC mayor hopefuls in final debate (Associated Press)
VW plant brings auto manufacturing jobs to Tennessee (CBS News)
Catholics Push Immigration Reform, Many are Hispanic (Townhall)
Private jobs growing, while weekly claims falling (CNBC)
Why Obama might tap Summers for Fed despite harsh criticism from left (Washington Post)
Payrolls in U.S. Rise Less Than Forecast; Jobless 7.3% (Bloomberg)