How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – Thursday Edition

Countdown: There are 97 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 181 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 456 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 893 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.


Rep. Greg Hughes says the controversial trip to Switzerland taken by UTA officials and lawmakers yielded a number of ideas to improve Utah’s mountain transit [Tribune].

The committee tasked with investigating Attorney General John Swallow’s alleged misdeeds prepares to select a law firm to aid in that effort [Utah Policy].

The Democratic Party aligned group Alliance for a Better Utah wants House Speaker Becky Lockhart to explain how she went about selecting the committee members who will investigate Swallow [Deseret News].

A number of groups share their ideas for improving Utah Transit Authority service [Tribune].

A growing number of Utah lawmakers say a state law allowing prosecutors to obtain a person’s internet usage data without a judge issuing a subpoena needs better controls [Tribune].

The state’s prison relocation board readies to start taking bids for the massive project [Deseret News].

Gov. Herbert gets praise from the Outdoor Industry Association for the state’s plan for managing outdoor recreation [Tribune].

Utah corrections officials are struggling to keep up with an ever increasing prison population [Standard-Examiner].

This past July was officially the hottest on record in Salt Lake City [Deseret News].

Park City Mountain Resort challenges a deal between Talisker Corporation and Colorado-based Vail Resorts to operate the Canyons Resort [Park Record].

Here are the top-50 elementary schools in Utah [Deseret News].