ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – August 23, 2013Bryan Schott·August 23, 2013· Share Countdown: There are 75 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 159 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 434 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 871 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. Gov. Gary Herbert says he’s willing cut the NSA “a little slack” after reports the feds monitored every text and email in and out of Salt Lake City during the 2002 Olympics [Tribune, Deseret News]. Former Mayor Rocky Anderson says the NSA monitoring during the Olympics was a crime [KUTV]. The highest-paid UTA employees raked in $1.6 million in salary and benefits in 2012. CEO John Inglish topped the list with more than $360,000 in total compensation [Tribune]. Herbert says his decision on expanding Medicaid under Obamacare won’t come until sometime next year [Tribune]. Herbert is worried Sen. Mike Lee’s push to shut down the government in order to stop Obamacare will have repercussions on the GOP at the ballot box [Deseret News]. Rep. Cris Stewart gets an earful from Latinos who are not happy with his proposal to allow illegals to stay in the country without becoming citizens [Tribune]. Utahns will have at least 99 health insurance plans to choose from through Utah’s online exchange created through the Affordable Care Act [Tribune]. Utah Lawmakers are considering how to raise money for transportation projects without harming the state’s economy [Tribune, Deseret News]. Questar wants to triple rates on larger businesses [KSL]. A study says Utah is dead last in the nation when it comes to “wine friendliness” [Tribune].