What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – October 21, 2013

Countdown:  There are 16 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 100 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 375 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 809 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell is named president of the Utah Hospital Association [Tribune].
  • Monday is the last day for you to register to vote in next month’s election [Tribune].
  • A number of bonds and tax increases will be on the ballot when voters head to the polls in November [Tribune].
  • Next month, Taylorsville voters will decide whether that city will join the Unified Fire Authority [Tribune].
  • Park City mayoral candidates focus on growth issues during a recent public forum [Park Record].
  • A public hearing on the “Count My Vote” initiative in Cache Valley features lots of opponents, not many supporters [Logan Herald Journal].
  • Former state representative David Irvine says “Count My Vote” would be the cure for Utah’s “anti-majoritarian” political system [Tribune].
  • Wishful thinking! A Utahn starts a Facebook page touting a Hillary Clinton/Jon Huntsman ticket in 2016 [Tribune].
  • The Utah Supreme Court throws out a Weber County anti-gang ordinance [Tribune].
  • The Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA is causing confusion for same-sex couples in Utah [Park Record].
  • Utahns are still running into frustration when trying to use healthcare.gov [KSL].
  • Does Eagle Mountain have too many advisory boards? [Daily Herald]
  • The Sutherland Institute is weighing in on a court case opposing a single father who is trying to gain custody of his son who was placed up for adoption in Utah [Tribune].
  • The father of an East High School student ends up using an attorney in order to get his daughter permission to drop an AP biology class without getting an “F” on her transcript [Tribune].
  • Utah County emergency food and shelter programs get a $122,000 federal grant [Daily Herald].