How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – September 10, 2013

Countdown:  There are 58 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 142 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 417 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 854 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch is the only member of Utah’s Congressional contingent that has not yet decided how he will vote on the question of whether to launch a military strike in Syria [Tribune].
  • Former Sen. Bob Bennett says forcing Congress to weigh in on the Syria question is a good thing [Deseret News].
  • Who is Tim Lawson? He’s a central figure in the ongoing investigation into Attorney General John Swallow and his predecessor Mark Shurtleff [City Weekly].
  • Here’s a list of VIP’s for Mark Shurtleff’s inauguration in 2009. It reads like a “who’s who” among lobbyists and political heavy hitters in the state [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City residents received mail-in ballots asking their opinion on whether corporations have the same constitutional rights as individuals [KSL].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert will meet with NRA leader Wayne LaPierre during a trip to Washington, D.C. this week [Deseret News].
  • Mapping out the road ahead for the “Count My Vote” group as they try to get changes to Utah’s nominating system on the ballot [Utah Policy].
  • What’s it like to watch Gov. Herbert judge a muffin contest? Here’s all you need to know [City Weekly].
  • NAACP president Ben Jealous will speak at the Utah chapter’s annual banquet in October [Deseret News].
  • A new memorial honoring Utahns killed during the 9-11 attacks is set to be unveiled in Kaysville [Tribune].
  • Pleasant Grove is accepting applications for the city council seat vacated by Lee Jensen due to his serving a mission for the LDS Church [Daily Herald].