How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – September 30, 2013

Countdown:  There are 37 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 121 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 396 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 833 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Utah’s congressmen steel themselves for a likely government shutdown this week [Tribune].
  • Officials in Utah are preparing the state for a possible shutdown [Deseret News].
  • If there is a shutdown, here’s how you’ll feel the effects [Tribune].
  • Former Gov. Jon Huntsman is in the news again, warning about the damage a government shutdown will do to the Republican party [Tribune].
  • Huntsman also has a TV ad touting a solution to the budget crisis in Washington [Tribune].
  • Paul Rolly says Sen. Mike Lee is not the first Utahn in Congress to play recklessly with the economy for political purposes [Tribune].
  • A government shutdown means all five of the national parks in Utah would close [Tribune].
  • Doubts are growing that the Utah House would impeach Attorney General John Swallow if their investigation turns up unethical, but not illegal, activity [City Weekly].
  • Swallow’s defenders are raising questions of impartiality in the two county investigations into Swallow’s behavior [Tribune].
  • Visit Salt Lake officials say “normalizing” Utah’s liquor laws is a top priority [Tribune].
  • The court battle over a proposed nuclear power plant near Green River is now waiting on a decision by the judge [Tribune].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop gets a 2014 challenger – former Republican Peter Clemens who is now running as a Democrat [Tribune].
  • The death penalty is becoming more and more rare in Utah courtrooms [Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake County Council is considering a change that would require a public meeting notice when the County Mayor holds a cabinet meeting [Tribune]. 
  • Activist Erin Brockovich joins a protest against a medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake [Tribune].
  • Protestors say the Cottonwood Heights Police Department is targeting businesses at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon [Fox 13].
  • The plan to open parts of the Book Cliffs to energy exploration is on hold while officials study the impact on natural resources [Tribune].
  • A new report says Utah is the second-worst state for the well-being of women [Tribune].