What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – November 11, 2013

Countdown: There are 77 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 358 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 785 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • The House investigation into John Swallow issues a barrage of new subpoenas, targeting those who helped finance his 2012 campaign [Tribune].
  • A group seeking to process online poker payments through a troubled St. George bank turned to John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff for help when their scheme began to run afoul of federal law [Tribune].
  • Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb speculate on what those missing records will mean for the Swallow investigation [Deseret News].
  • Holly Richardson says the end of Swallow’s time in office is in sight, but he persists “for the good of the state” [Holly on the Hill].
  • Not so fast Mia Love…Republican Bob Fuehr is also a candidate for the GOP nomination in the 4th District [Daily Herald].
  • Sen. Mike Lee speaks at a political rally in Iowa, calling on Republicans to come up with a political agenda instead of just being “the party of no” [Deseret News]. 
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch mocks low enrollment in Obamacare, saying just 5 people have signed up online in Washington, D.C. [Tribune].
  • A probe into who used a Utah legislative computer to forge Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham’s name on a petition has ended because it’s impossible to identify the culprit [Tribune].
  • A records request shows firefighters have responded to a number of emergency calls at the NSA’s data center in Bluffdale [Tribune].
  • Delegates select Jon Cox to replace Spencer Cox in the legislature [Tribune].
  • Utah unveils “In God We Trust” license plates [Daily Herald].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert honors Robert Redford’s contributions to Utah [Tribune].
  • Herbert issues an executive order directing state agencies to hire more veterans [Tribune].
  • The newly elected mayor in South Weber wants City Manager Rodger Worthen’s $127,000 annual salary lowered or his resignation [Standard-Examiner].
  • Op-ed: Stan Lockhart calls on Congress to pass immigration reform [Tribune].
  • Op-ed: Republican delegate George Chapman argues disengaged voters, not the caucus system, is the reason for low turnout in Utah’s election [Tribune].
  • The number of students in Utah’s public schools rose by nearly 12,000 this year [Tribune].
  • Three Utah community health centers receive more than $2 million in federal grants [Deseret News].