How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – August 16, 2013

Countdown: There are 82 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 166 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 441 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 878 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch tells an immigration reform forum in Utah County that fixing the system will bring more jobs [Tribune].
  • Thousands of Utahns are taking advantage of the Obama administration’s deferred deportation program for illegals who were brought here as children [Tribune].
  • A new poll, which includes voters in Utah’s 4th Congressional District, shows a plurality of voters would blame Republicans for a government shutdown over Obamacare [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council finalizes its budget for next year, which includes a 13.8% tax hike [Tribune].
  • The Pleasant Grove City Council declines to take action on a proposed 52% tax hike. Instead, they will put the issue before voters in November [Daily Herald].
  • Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Chad Bennion’s criticism of District Attorney Sim Gill has lost any weight it might carry because of his conflicts of interest [Utah Policy].
  • Four Utah groups get federal grants to help implement Obamacare [Tribune].
  • Anti-pollution activist Erin Brockovitch joins the fight against a medical-waste incinerator in North Salt Lake [Tribune].
  • Smoke from wildfires is fouling Utah’s air quality, but not as much as you might believe [Deseret News].
  • Consumer prices jumped 2.1% in Utah over the past year [Deseret News].
  • A lawyer for the ex-wife of gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian argues his daughter fears him and should take away his personal arsenal [Tribune].
  • Steve Young is slated to speak at an upcoming conference for gay and lesbian Mormons [Daily Herald].
  • The Community Foundation of Utah awards $25,000 in grants to groups promoting LGBT programs [Tribune].