How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – August 29, 2013

Countdown:  There are 69 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 153 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 428 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 865 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Utah joins the rest of the nation in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech [Tribune].
  • The NSA may have also swept up phone calls in addition to emails and text messages during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • Reps. Jim Matheson and Chris Stewart want a Congressional vote before any military action is taken against Syria [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee says he’s hearing numerous “horror stories” about how Obamacare is affecting businesses and workers [Tribune].
  • After former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff dropped his bid for U.S. Senate, many of his donors switched their support to Mike Lee [City Weekly].
  • Lawmakers may debate proposed restrictions on the use of search warrants during the next legislative session [Tribune].
  • A Pleasant Grove mother wants to use medical marijuana to help treat her son’s rare form of epilepsy [Tribune].
  • A new poll from the libertarian Libertas Institute shows 61% of Utahns support legalizing medical marijuana [Daily Herald].
  • Recounts are set for today in the West Valley City and South Salt Lake mayoral primary elections [Tribune].
  • The rising cost of extracurricular activities in Utah’s schools is causing a financial hardship for some parents [KSL].
  • A BYU professor says the increasing hostility of Republicans toward scientists is driving them away from that party [Tribune].
  • Herriman appoints Clint Smith, a firefighter with the Unified Fire Authority, as interim mayor [Tribune].
  • Three ZIP codes officially move from Salt Lake City to West Valley City [Tribune].