What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – October 23, 2013

Countdown:  There are 14 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 98 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 373 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 807 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Utah Republicans are mulling some changes to the way they nominate candidates, but organizers of the “Count My Vote” initiative say it’s too little, too late [Tribune].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says fellow Sen. Mike Lee needs to “rehabilitate” his image with Utah voters [Deseret News].
  • Bob Bernick says Lee has plenty of time to fix his standing in Utah [Utah Policy].
  • A Layton man was subdued by officers after driving a truck up the west entrance of the Utah State Capitol then trying to force his way into the old Supreme Court chambers [Tribune].
  • Early voting is underway in Utah’s municipal elections [Deseret News].
  • Retiring Park City Mayor Dana Williams says his successor should get a big raise [Park Record].
  • The candidates to replace Mike Winder as West Valley City Mayor are both highlighting their experience in that race [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County’s economy is still growing, but not as rapidly as before [Tribune].
  • Utah health insurers see opportunity in the troubled ObamaCare rollout [Tribune].
  • There are some weird coincidences involving Utah Attorney General John Swallow and U.S. Attorney Brent Ward [City Weekly].
  • Utah officials are pushing for college students to finish their degrees by taking at least 15 credit hours every term [Tribune].
  • The operator of a medical incinerator in North Salt Lake is considering moving the facility out of that city in the face of growing public pressure [Tribune].
  • Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is slated to host a weekly show about politics on Sirius XM radio [Tribune].
  • A Utah Department of Health study says e-cigarette use by youth in Weber and Morgan Counties is skyrocketing [Standard-Examiner].
  • UDOT is looking for thieves who stole copper out of junction boxes along I-15 earlier this year [KSL].
  • Political columnist George Will speaks at BYU [Deseret News].
  • Plans for the house Mitt Romney is building in Holladay feature a secret room behind a bookshelf [Tribune].