How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – September 24, 2013

Countdown:  There are 43 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 127 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 402 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 839 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Sen. Mike Lee wants Senate Republicans to block a bill passed by the House to keep the government running while defunding Obamacare [Tribune].
  • The “Count My Vote” initiative, if passed, would make it easier for Democrats to get on the ballot than it would be for Republicans [Utah Policy].
  • Utah GOP officials want to move primary elections from June to a later date [Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert names a new head of the Utah Department of Human Services [Tribune].
  • The fight over whether a proposed nuclear power plant in Emery County moves to the courtroom [Deseret News].
  • UDOT releases the public comments about the proposed West Davis Corridor freeway [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council is set to debate new restrictions on horse-drawn carriages [Tribune].
  • The Sandy City Council will consider a measure to keep protestors 100 feet away from the home of the person they are picketing [Tribune].
  • The EPA begins cleaning up the Parish Chemical Co. site in Utah County [Tribune].
  • Provo takes the top spot among the “most generous” cities in the U.S. [Daily Herald].
  • Prosecutors say a Salt Lake City man planned to go on a shooting rampage at the City Creek Center [Deseret News].