ArchiveWhat You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – November 8, 2013Bryan Schott·November 8, 2013· Share Countdown: There are 80 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 361 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 788 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. Attorney General John Swallow lashes out at the house investigation into his office, saying it’s becoming a “political crusade” to justify the cost [Tribune]. Swallow also angrily denies allegations he deleted emails to cover up wrongdoing [Deseret News]. A Provo company asks a judge to quash a subpoena from House investigators as part of the John Swallow probe, claiming it’s a “fishing expedition” [Deseret News]. Swallow’s campaign coffers are growing, but the money may eventually go to pay his lawyers [Tribune]. A new group launches with the aim of defending Utah’s caucus system against the “Count My Vote” citizen initiative [Tribune]. Bob Bernick says lawmakers would be smart to pass a proposal to create a “dual track” system for candidates to get on the primary ballot in Utah, but they won’t [Utah Policy]. Sen. Orrin Hatch votes in favor of a federal bill banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation while Sen. Mike Lee votes no [Tribune]. The LDS Church reacts to a statement from Nevada Sen. Harry Reid who said the church is changing its views on gay rights [Deseret News]. Sen. Steve Urquhart says he will again run a bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation [St. George.com]. Sen. Lyle Hillyard says Gov. Gary Herbert is going to have to lead out on any gas tax hike if it’s going to pass in 2014 [Standard-Examiner]. Utah lawmakers consider ways to address the cost disparity in educating inmates in state and county prisons [Standard-Examiner]. A new study says minority students in Utah are making big gains in reading scores [Tribune]. Opponents of a medical incinerator in North Salt Lake claim the company has lied about its compliance with federal regulations [Standard-Examiner].