What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – November 27, 2013

Countdown:  There are 61 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 209 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections, 342 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 769 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Utah’s Democrats demand a special election to pick John Swallow’s successor because they say a report from the Lt. Governor’s office shows Swallow should not have been on the ballot in 2012. Meanwhile, Republicans are moving forward with plans to pick three names to replace Swallow at their meeting on December 14 [Tribune].
  • Utah’s Republicans don’t yet know how they will come up with the three names they’ll send to Governor Herbert as Swallow’s replacement, but they hope to figure out that process within the next few days [Utah Policy].
  • More candidates to possibly replace Swallow are stepping forward [Tribune].
  • A financial audit finds “weaknesses” in the DABC that could lead to theft and problems with product storage [Tribune].
  • BYU Pollsters Quin Monson and Kelly Paterson absolutely shred a Libertas Institute survey that concludes Utahns do not favor anti-discrimination legislation [Utah Data Points].
  • Sen. Orrin hatch pens an op-ed defending closed door trade negotiations held in Salt Lake City last week [Tribune].
  • Utah consumer confidence is soaring now that the 16-day government shutdown is over [Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake City unveils plans to build a 1 megawatt solar energy farm [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake County Council moves forward on their 2014 budget [Tribune].
  • County Councilman David Wilde will resign his seat on January 1 because of his battle with cancer [Tribune].
  • The Utah Transit Authority and its workers adopt a new collective bargaining agreement [Tribune].
  • A judge tosses out some charges against former Provo City Councilman Steve Turley [Tribune].
  • Former Utah State Senator Kay Cornaby passes away at the age of 77 [Tribune].
  • A proposed gun range on Weber County-owned land is prompting concern from groups who worry about the proximity of the facility to some popular hiking trails [Standard-Examiner].