How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – September 5, 2014

Countdown: There are 62 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 146 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 421 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 858 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Proponents and critics of Utahs new school grading system speak out after the first round of grades are released [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Charter schools fare no better than public schools under the new school grading system [Deseret News].
  • Pat Bagley says what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander with a “report card” for Utah legislators [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee speaks out against missile strikes against Syria [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart faces criticism from attendees at a town hall meeting in the Avenues [Tribune].
  • Rep. Stewart already has an opponent in the 2014 election. Democrat Luz Robles will officially announce her candidacy next week [Utah Policy].
  • New documents showing the involvement of a businessman accused of fraud in a commercial development near a UTA FrontRunner station is prompting calls to investigate the UTA. That businessman had ties to former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, raising questions as to whether the AG’s office should be involved in the investigation [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jim Nielson says there is no way Utah will ever legalize medical marijuana [Standard-Examiner].
  • Jon Huntsman’s Red Rock PAC reports $100,000 raised in the latest financial statements with half of that total going toward start-up costs [Tribune].
  • Leaders from several faith communities protest outside the Governor’s mansion to encourage Gov. Herbert to opt in to Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  • Herbert meets with the Log Cabin Republicans [KUTV].
  • The Interior Department is warning Utah transportation officials the proposed West Davis Corridor freeway would harm wetlands and would like them to consider an alternative to building the road [Tribune].
  • A federal judge signs off on an agreement between Juab County and the Bureau of Land Management to manage ATV use in the Deep Creek Mountains [Tribune].
  • People and businesses surrounding Pioneer Park say illegal activity is on the rise in that area [KSL].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams unveils a new program to encourage residents to recycle [Tribune].
  • Rocky Mountain Power is set to enact a $54 million rate hike [Tribune].