How to Sound Smart About Utah Poliics for Thursday, August 8, 2013

Countdown: There are 90 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 174 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 449 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 886 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

New allegations surface against John Swallow. An ex-con says he raised thousands of dollars for Swallow’s campaign, but that money cannot be found on any financial disclosure statements [City Weekly].

The committee investigating Swallow wants to reach out to other entities conducting investigations into the embattled Attorney General [Standard-Examiner].

. Mike Lee is holding a fundraiser for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Salt Lake City next week [Tribune].

Lee dismisses criticism from Mitt Romney over his desire to shut down the government in order to defund Obamacare [Deseret News].

Pleasant Grove residents pack a truth in taxation hearing about that city’s proposed 52% property tax hike [Daily Herald].

The Taylorsville City Council votes to hike property taxes by 29% [Tribune].

Utah air quality officials ready to unveil their plan to help reduce wintertime pollution along the Wasatch Front [Tribune].

Murmurs are growing former Utah Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero is readying another run at elected office [Utah Policy].

Environmental groups are urging President Obama to create more national monuments in order to protect open space [Tribune].

The massive NSA data center in Bluffdale will pull water from Salt Lake County even though the facility sits in Utah County [Daily Herald].

Some in Layton wonder if a trio of candidates for municipal office are running as a group [Standard-Examiner].

Orem Mayoral candidate Chris Nichols is far ahead of his rivals in the fundraising race [Daily Herald].

A judge restricts public access to documents in the civil stalking case against gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian [Tribune].

Salt Lake County far outpaced the rest of the state when it came to the number of stalking charges and convictions last year [Tribune].

Utah’s Democrats are bringing in Nevada Senate Majority Leader Moises Denis to speak at an LDS fireside this weekend [Deseret News].

U.S. Census Bureau figures show the number of Utahns who struggle to speak the English language is far below the national average [Tribune].