How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – Wednesday Edition

Countdown: There are 98 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 182 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 457 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 894 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.


The Salt Lake County Council slams Valley Mental Health for cutting services to 2,000 clients and authorizes an audit of the county’s mental health system [Tribune].

A group of GOP donors, including a number of Utah business leaders, send a letter to Congress urging them to pass immigration reform [Utah Policy, Deseret News].

The DABC grapples with how to implement a new law requiring diners to order food before drinking alcoholic beverages [Tribune].

Paul Rolly suggests Sen. Mike Lee’s efforts to defund Obamacare may be motivated by a desire to fill his campaign coffers [Tribune].

Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants to keep the heat on the Obama administration over the IRS and Benghazi scandals [KUTV].

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says federal lands are responsible for billions of dollars of economic activity [Tribune].

A proposed bar in the Foothill neighborhood is roiling controversy among residents who don’t want it there [Tribune].

Utah’s farmers and ranchers are feeling the effects of drought and severe heat [Tribune].

The Pioneer Craft House is suing South Salt Lake saying the city is illegally trying to evict them from the buildings they’ve occupied for more than 60 years [Tribune].

A new report says Utah’s infrastructure is in need of repair, but the Beehive State isn’t as bad off as other states [Deseret News].

A new government panel designed to find ways to expand natural gas vehicle use in Utah meets for the first time [Tribune].

The Ogden City Council may issue $18 million in bonds for a new water treatment plant [Standard-Examiner].

The Provo Daily Herald is moving to a new home and becoming “Herald Media” to better reflect the new digital reality [Daily Herald].