How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – Monday Edition

Countdown: There are 107 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 191 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 466 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 903 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

Now that we’ve learned that Lowry Snow, who is supposed to chair the House investigation into John Swallow, has ties to one of Swallow’s accusers – will he remain in that position? [Deseret News].

Daniel Burton says speculation is growing that Swallow may bring a civil rights claim against the state [Publius Online].

One day after Utah Transit Authority officials told lawmakers they would need a dramatic hike in their share of sales taxes to fund future projects, a number of their top officials headed to Europe to study transit systems in Switzerland [Tribune].

Paul Rolly shakes his head at the political transformation of Sen. Aaron Osmond, who last week called for the end of compulsory education laws [Tribune].

The president of one of Utah’s teacher’s unions says eliminating compulsory education would hit poor families the hardest [Standard-Examiner].

The Utah Supreme Court says state wildlife officials should have done a better job protecting an 11-year-old boy who was killed by a bear in 2007 [Tribune, Deseret News].

The Utah Board of Regents are mulling changes to policy after a legislative audit said University of Utah “Red Zone” stores may violate state policy [Tribune].

Corrections officials say the number of women in Utah’s prisons is booming because many return to jail for parole violations [Tribune].

The Utah Division of Water Quality is struggling with funding issues due to federal budget cuts [Tribune].

How will the Salt Lake City Council spend the recently approved 13.8% property tax hike? [Deseret News].

Utah County Republicans are getting ready to open a new headquarters [Daily Herald].

Some Utahns are upset to find out the pollution produced by fireworks is often given a pass by the Environmental Protection Agency [Tribune].

Tooele County officials say their financial recovery plan will put the county on solid financial footing within five years [Tribune].

Animal rights activists plan to fight Utah’s controversial “ag gag” law which prohibits recording conditions in livestock operations [KSL].

A service allowing viewers to watch live local television on computers and mobile devices launches in Utah next month [Tribune].