What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – October 25, 2013

Countdown:  There are 12 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 96 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 371 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 805 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Gov. Gary Herbert says the GOP paid a political price for the government shutdown, but Sen. Mike Lee may ultimately be proven right about Obamacare [Tribune].
  • The shutdown cost Utah $30 million in lost tourism [Deseret News].
  • Utah gets a partial refund from the feds for the unused portion of money they put up to open the national parks during the shutdown [Daily Herald].
  • Gov. Herbert orders the state to investigate the health impacts of emissions from a medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake [Tribune].
  • Herbert also wants a review of security at the state Capitol after the incident earlier this week in which a man drove a truck up the west steps [Standard-Examiner].
  • Salt Lake County officials tout their funding of a new preschool program [Deseret News].
  • Josh Romney throws his support behind one of the candidates for Mayor of Holladay [Utah Policy].
  • Documents show the owners of the Tribune are pinning the future on their digital properties [Tribune].
  • Bob Bernick worries about the future of Utah political journalism with the news that the Tribune sold their stake in a printing facility to the Deseret News [Utah Policy].
  • 3rd District Court judge Anthony Quinn is killed in an automobile/bicycle accident [KSL].
  • The Eagle Mountain City Council releases a $3.4 million bond to improve water and sewer services in that city [Daily Herald].
  • Emails show Cottonwood Heights officials offered set quotas and offered prizes to police officers for writing traffic tickets [KSL].
  • A judge reverses his decision and opts to open a mental competency hearing for convicted hearing Ron Lafferty [Tribune].
  • Ew! Ew! Ew! Part of the University of Utah’s Marriott Library is temporarily shutdown after bedbugs are sited [Tribune].