What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – October 29, 2013

Countdown:  There are 7 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 90 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 371 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 798 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • A group of Utah conservatives will join others in Washington, D.C. to press Congress for comprehensive immigration reform [Tribune].
  • Editorial: The stubbornness of Utah’s GOP is exactly why the “Count My Vote” initiative needs to succeed [Tribune].
  • Early voting is underway [Tribune].
  • A group of residents are trying to stop the proposed $495 million bond by the Jordan School District [Deseret News].
  • The Utah Pride Center lays off two employees and cuts programs due to budget problems [Q Salt Lake].
  • Sen. Daniel Thatcher wants to create a statewide hotline to alert officials if a student’s life is in danger [Daily Herald].
  • The Utah housing market continues to improve as prices and the number of sales are on the rise [Tribune].
  • The ex-wife of gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian continues to ask a judge for a protective order against her ex-husband [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City could ban parking on the street during snow storms to better facilitate snow removal [KSL].
  • Lew Cramer, head of the World Trade Center Utah, is stepping down to take a job in the private sector [Deseret News].
  • What do the changes to Salt Lake City’s two daily newspapers mean for news consumers? [Utah Policy]
  • Weber State University wins a $2.5 million grant to double the capacity of two healthcare related programs [Standard-Examiner].
  • The Utah Jazz learn wearing blackface is not okay…ever [Deadspin].