ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – August 19, 2013Bryan Schott·August 19, 2013· Share Countdown: There are 79 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 163 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 438 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 875 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. Employees at a telemarketing firm were allegedly threatened with termination if they mentioned the company’s ties with embattled Attorney General John Swallow [City Weekly]. Salt Lake County GOP Chair Chad Bennion is blaming the media for the firestorm surrounding comments he made about District Attorney Sim Gill [Tribune]. Rumors that Orem was about to go bankrupt started swirling just before last week’s primary election [Daily Herald]. Former Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean visits Utah this week [Park Record]. Sen. Stuart Reid argues Congress should let the states decide on immigration reform since they seem unwilling to do so [Tribune]. Utah’s legislators seem to be talking out of both sides of their mouths when it comes to tobacco [Tribune]. Pignanelli and Webb say the dog days of summer will give way to political intrigue in the fall [Deseret News]. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx lauds UTA for finishing projects early and under budget [Tribune]. Paul Rolly highlights the divide between UTA executives and the rank and file [Tribune]. Utah’s job picture improves again [Deseret News]. Utah’s housing sector looks to rebound from the recession, but a lack of workers might slow that down [Tribune]. Some water users in Northern Utah are being asked to cut their consumption by half [Tribune]. The West Valley City Council will consider a proposal to rename a street after labor activist Cesar Chavez [Tribune]. Here comes another I-15 construction project, this time a rebuild at Point of the Mountain [Tribune]. Is Utah’s push to open more four-year colleges and universities making higher education too costly for students? [Deseret News] An openly gay member of the LDS Church taught as an adjunct professor at BYU during the summer term [Tribune].