How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – September 11, 2013

Countdown:  There are 56 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 140 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 415 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 852 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Utah’s entire Congressional delegation now opposes using military force in Syria [Tribune].
  • The House committee tasked with investigating Attorney General John Swallow holds their first public meeting on Wednesday [Tribune].
  • The Utah State Elections Office investigation into whether Swallow violated campaign finance laws could be finished by mid-December [Utah Policy].
  • Democratic State Senator Luz Robles officially launches her bid for Congress [Utah Policy].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams wants to use $1.3 million to put all 9-1-1- calls on the same system in the Salt Lake Valley [Tribune].
  • A new study finds Utahns drive more, not less, on red air quality days [Tribune].
  • A coalition of environmental groups oppose expansion of the Coal Hollow Mine near Alton [Tribune].
  • Gas prices are dropping in Utah as the summer driving season comes to an end [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City looks to hire a “civic engagement coordinator” to head up public outreach efforts [Tribune].
  • Residents in North Salt Lake will ask Gov. Gary Herbert to shut down a medical incinerator in that community [Deseret News].
  • A judge rules Talisker will not get access to certain emails in a dispute with Park City Mountain Resort [Tribune].
  • The Bountiful City Council votes to delay construction of a new city hall after protests from residents over the projects $10 million price tag [Tribune].
  • Some Weber County voters who used vote-by-mail ballots are upset they didn’t get their customary “I voted” sticker [Standard-Examiner].