How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – August 14, 2013

Countdown: There are 84 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 168 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 443 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 880 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

Tuesday’s primary election results:

  • Ron Bigelow and Karen Lang advance in the contest for West Valley City Mayor [Tribune].
  • Ted Eyre and David Wilde will face off in November to replace outgoing Murray Mayor Dan Snarr [Tribune].
  • Some close races, and some not-so-close, to determine the finalists for Salt Lake City Council [Tribune].

Other important non-election happenings:

  • The Utah House looks to hire some investigators to assist their probe into embattled Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune].
  • Chad Elie, who served time in prison for his role in processing illegal online poker payments, makes some allegations about inappropriate money funneling between Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow [City Weekly].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Presidential Exploratory Committee officially shuts down after being inactive for more than a decade [Tribune].
  • A legal brief says Utah has a “sovereign” right to prohibit same-sex marriage. Three couples are challenging Amendment 3, which bars the unions, in federal court [Tribune].
  • Park City residents rally to urge Rep. Rob Bishop to vote in favor of immigration reform [Tribune].
  • Brigham City Mayor Dennis Fife pleads guilty to disorderly conduct after charges were filed against him by Councilwoman Ruth Jensen because of a June altercation between the two [Tribune].
  • Daniel Burton says Salt Lake County GOP Chair Chad Bennion was looking to score cheap political points when he called SLCO District Attorney Sim Gill a “cop hater” [Publius Online].
  • A new study says binge drinking in Utah costs the state $1.5 billion annually in lost productivity and health problems [Tribune].
  • Gas prices in Utah are among the highest in the nation [Tribune].
  • West Valley City and Salt Lake City are fighting over who gets to claim the 84118 zip code [Tribune].