What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – November 22, 2013

Countdown:  There are 66 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 214 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections, 347 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 774 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • As you first read on Utah Policy.com, embattled Utah A.G. John Swallow resigns [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Here’s a timeline of the events that drove Swallow from office [Deseret News].
  • Now that Swallow is leaving, legislators are split on whether the House should continue their investigation into Swallow’s alleged misdeeds [Tribune].
  • The Utah GOP prepares to find a replacement for Swallow while Democrats argue there should be a special election [Tribune].
  • Dee Smith, who lost to Swallow in the 2012 election, says he was aware of the allegations against Swallow but decided against using them during the campaign [KUTV].
  • Staffers in the Utah A.G.’s office say they’re eager to put the Swallow scandal behind them [Tribune].
  • Republican Brett Tolman and Democrat Paul Burke say Utah’s Attorney General should be appointed, not elected [Tribune].
  • Bob Bernick looks at the toll Swallow’s 10 months in office took on Utah [Utah Policy].
  • Swallow joins more than a dozen Utah politicians from history whose time in office was marred by scandal [Tribune].
  • Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee decry a rules change in the U.S. Senate that ends filibusters on most presidential nominees [Tribune].
  • House Republicans want the feds to refund money to states that paid to open public lands during the government shutdown [Tribune].
  • Utah’s Legislative Heath System Reform Task Force votes against the state accepting full Medicaid expansion from the federal government [Tribune].
  • Most Utahns who have to buy new individual health insurance under Obamacare will be eligible for federal subsidies [Tribune].
  • A legislative panel approves a bill to allow rural Utahns to bury their trash if they don’t have garbage service at their homes [KSL].
  • Fred Cox gives five reasons why people should not sign the “Count My Vote” petition [Fred Cox 4 Utah]. 
  • The number of Utahns who ride a bicycle to work has jumped 65% since 2005 [Tribune].