How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – September 23, 2013

Countdown:  There are 44 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 128 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 403 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 840 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Utah GOP officials plot their strategy to fight against the “Count My Vote” initiative. Party Chair James Evans says CMV will win if the party continues to “fight change” [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jim Dunnigan, who is heading up the House investigation into John Swallow, says they are making some progress, but probably not as fast as the public would like [Tribune].
  • Rep. Ken Ivory says the investigation into Swallow should pause following a decision by federal prosecutors to not charge the Attorney General [Tribune].
  • Prosecutors say the Utah Attorney General’s office should not be disqualified from the investigation into Mark Sessions Jenson [Tribune].
  • Utah’s violent crime rate edges higher over the last year [Tribune].
  • The fight over a proposed nuclear power plant near Green River goes to court this week [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jim Matheson goes against Congressional Democrats to vote in favor of a temporary budget measure that defunds Obamacare [Tribune].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says there are more questions than answers for the IRS over their alleged targeting of conservative groups [Tribune].
  • The proposed West Davis Corridor freeway has a new opponent – the Army Corps of Engineers [Tribune].
  • New unemployment numbers suggest Utah’s rate of job growth is slowing down [Tribune].
  • Provo holds its first gay pride festival [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake County GOP picks Kevin Jacobs to be the new county assessor [Tribune].
  • The Davis School District is considering selling ads on school buses to boost revenue [Deseret News].
  • The number of adoptions in Utah are declining as many blame the cost red tape [Deseret News].
  • Sequestration budget cuts force the early closure of Timpanogos cave this year [Fox 13].