What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – November 14, 2013

Countdown:  There are 74 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 222 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections, 355 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 782 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Fewer than 400 Utahns have signed up for health insurance via the Obamacare website. More than 9,000 Utah residents have started the process but not yet picked a plan [Tribune].
  • Mia Love holds a number of campaign events, including a town hall meeting and an appearance by former Congressman Allen West [Tribune].
  • Legislative investigators and John Swallow reach a deal that will allow investigators to try and recover some data that has gone missing from the Attorney General’s office [Tribune].
  • Low income advocates pressure Gov. Gary Herbert to create budget proposals that reflect what would happen if the state accepted and rejected Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  • Former Senate Minority Leader Scott Howell is mulling a run to replace retiring Sen. Pat Jones on Capitol Hill [Utah Policy].
  • Sen. Todd Weiler wants to allow Utah youths a reset button when they post things on social media they might come to regret later [Standard-Examiner].
  • A proposed statewide communications network to allow public safety agencies to communicate has a hefty price tag of $140 million [Standard-Examiner].
  • Valerie Larabee steps down as the director of the Utah Pride Center [Tribune].
  • A group of students and parents at Box Elder High School want to start a gay-straight alliance [Tribune].
  • Google Fiber starts connecting Provo residents to their high-speed network [Daily Herald].
  • The average home price in Utah dropped nearly $20,000 during the recession [Tribune].
  • Utah health officials say the number of cases of gonorrhea in the state has nearly doubled [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake County Council squabbles over which names to send to the governor for nomination to the Central Utah Water Conservancy District board [Tribune].