How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – September 3, 2013

Countdown:  There are 64 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 148 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 423 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 860 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation talk about possible military action against Syria. Reps. Jim Matheson and Jason Chaffetz both say they currently plan to vote “no” [KSL].
  • The Utah House picks two firms to assist in the investigation into Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune].
  • City Weekly has 5 questions they’ve asked about John Swallow’s self imposed “chaperone” program to keep him from meeting with people who could cause a conflict of interest. They have yet to receive an answer [City Weekly].
  • It’s not just John Swallow. Utah has a rich history of political scandal [Tribune].
  • Paul Rolly says Sen. Mike Lee is getting more desperate in his attempts to raise money off his opposition to Obamacare [Tribune].
  • Daniel Burton hits Rep. Jim Matheson for not holding a public meeting with constituents since 2007 [Publius Online].
  • State trust land officials say they will move forward with a plan to open up part of the Book Cliffs to energy exploration despite opposition from Gov. Gary Herbert [Deseret News].
  • Things that make you go “hmmmm”…Washington City issues a permit for a new gun range, right next to a shelter for battered women [Tribune].
  • A leader in the opposition to Utah implementing Common Core educational standards encourages followers to pray for the program’s defeat [Deseret News].
  • Utah Democrats say Republicans on the Education Task Force are trying to scapegoat teachers for failings in the state’s educational system [Deseret News].
  • Social media seems to be contributing to the nasty tone in some municipal elections in Northern Utah [Standard-Examiner].
  • American Fork City Council member Heidi Rodeback says it’s vital voters there approve a $20 million bond for road construction [Daily Herald].  
  • A shift in immigration policy by the Obama administration many not help many Utahns [Tribune].
  • The new Draper TRAX line exceeds ridership projections during the first week of operation [Tribune].
  • The LDS Church says most Mormons live outside of the United States [Deseret News].
  • Hot enough for you? This summer has been the hottest on record in Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • Remember this guy? Former Salt Lake City Olympic leader Tom Welch is an investor in a big water park in Nevada [Tribune].