What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – November 26, 2013

Countdown:  There are 62 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 210 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections, 343 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 770 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Why is John Swallow waiting until December to resign? Turns out it may be about retirement benefits [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • House investigators and the Lt. Governor’s office are thinking over their next move after Swallow’s resignation [Deseret News].
  • Gov. Herbert’s budget, due next month, will feature more money for Utah’s school and no tax hike after revenue projections show the state will have $338 million in new revenue [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Former Sen. Bob Bennett says the caucus system is flawed because delegates break their promises and don’t vote the way caucus attendees want them to [Deseret News].
  • Former Senator Jake Garn bemoans the current state of gridlock and partisanship in Washington [Deseret News].
  • A new survey shows seat belt use on Utah’s roads is up slightly from last year [Tribune].
  • Alta resident Guy Jordan files a lawsuit claiming Mayor Tom Pollard is not a resident and is not eligible to hold that seat [Tribune].
  • A losing candidate in Centerville claims two winning candidates in this year’s elections left required information off their financial disclosure forms and should be disqualified [Tribune].
  • St. George plans a massive crackdown on distracted driving [St. George.com].
  • Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson is named Utah County Official of the Year [Standard-Examiner].