What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – December 6, 2013

Countdown:  There are 52 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 200 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections, 333 days until the 2014 midterm elections, 697 days to the 2015 elections, 761 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses and 1068 until the 2016 presidential election.

  • Utahns reflect on the extraordinary life of South African leader Nelson Mandela [Tribune].
  • Former Attorney General John Swallow left office with $150,000 in his campaign accounts which he could use to pay his legal bills [Deseret News].
  • Former Rep. Fred Cox holds a “meet and greet” for those candidates hoping to replace Swallow [Fred Cox 4 Utah].
  • Bob Bernick says Swallow’s fall is a first for Utah [Utah Policy].
  • A study says booze sales are big business in Utah [Tribune].
  • Sen. Lyle Hillyard weighs in on the factors that will shape Utah’s budget for next year [Utah Policy].
  • Utah lawmakers and school officials are worried about the growing popularity of e-cigarettes [KSL].
  • Sen. Diedre Henderson wants to establish a dress code for Utah Senators, but she is holding back on divulging details [Standard-Examiner].
  • A former worker for Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been accused of lying about his military service to receive benefits from the VA [Deseret News].
  • Utah leaders hail the opening of the new Sugar House Streetcar [Tribune].
  • The Emery County Attorney’s office is now considering whether to file criminal charges against two men who damaged a rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park [Tribune].
  • Utah health officials say the federal Obamacare website is allowing more Utahns to sign up for healthcare [Deseret News].
  • Cottonwood Heights will get help from Salt Lake County in clearing snow from their roads after a private company contracted to do the job failed miserably after Tuesday’s storm [Tribune]. 
  • A group of Utah school children invite President Obama to visit the state [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert names Marty Carpenter as his new director of communication [Utah Policy].