What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – December 2, 2013

Countdown:  There are 56 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 204 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections, 337 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 764 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says his office will not take any further legal action against John Swallow as a result of election law violations [Tribune].
  • Swallow and two other employees in the Attorney General’s office received bonuses totaling $10,000 this year [City Weekly].
  • The Swallow fiasco will give new life to the debate over whether the Attorney General should be appointed [Tribune].
  • What are the next steps for John Swallow and the various ongoing investigations? [Tribune]
  • Sen. Curt Bramble uses inspiration from a trip to Estonia to propose changes to Utah’s system for nominating candidates [Tribune].
  • Aimee Winder Newton, outgoing West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder’s sister, announces her candidacy to replace David Wilde on the Salt Lake County Council [Tribune].
  • Bluffdale gave a sweetheart deal on water rates to the NSA Data Center in order to lure the facility [Tribune].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop takes the head of the National Park Service over fracking [Standard-Examiner].
  • State officials will investigate two winning Centerville candidates over alleged campaign finance violations [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake County Council takes steps to prepare for the next federal government shutdown [Tribune].
  • Layton Mayor Steve Curtis passes away unexpectedly at the age of 58 [Tribune].
  • Josh Romney is the first on the scene of a car accident in Holladay Thursday night [Tribune].
  • Editorial: Gov. Herbert’s budget proposal lets down education [Tribune].
  • UTOPIA officials claim they are on the verge of announcing a major partnership, which is why they are making elected officials sign non-disclosure agreements before briefing them on the fiber optic network’s future plans [Standard-Examiner].
  • West Jordan Mayor Melissa Johnson is leaving office to avoid becoming a career politician [Deseret News].
  • The Utah Board of Education is considering new guidelines for punishing teachers who misbehave [Tribune].
  • Rep. Carol Spackman Moss proposes legislation granting some legal immunity for people who notify police about a drug overdose [Tribune].
  • Sen. Aaron Osmond unveils his proposal for overhauling Utah’s compulsory education laws [Utah Policy].