What You Need to Know About Utah Politics for Today – October 31, 2013

Countdown:  There are 5 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 88 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 369 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 796 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Uh, oh! Investigators in the Utah House probe into Attorney General John Swallow say some records and emails have been deleted from the AG’s office [Tribune].
  • Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz say they will not work to unseat fellow Republicans who opposed their efforts during the government shutdown [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz joins an effort to get more information from the White House about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi [Deseret News].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch joins an effort to bring a bill banning job discrimination based on sexual orientation to a vote in the Senate [Tribune].
  • A loophole with the Affordable Care Act allows members of Congress to let their staff continue on government health coverage [Tribune].
  • Two of the largest health insurers in Utah say many of their customers will be able to keep their current plans through the end of next year [Tribune].
  • Younger Utahns get ready to navigate Obamacare as the deadline mandating insurance coverage looms [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert unveils his plan to map out water management strategy for the state [Deseret News].
  • Candidates in Provo’s municipal elections have spent more than $30,000 over the past two weeks [Daily Herald].
  • A group of former employees at the Salt Lake Tribune send a letter to the Justice Department opposing the change in the paper’s joint operating agreement with the Deseret News, saying the new deal is a “threat” to independent journalism in Utah [Tribune].
  • Davis County officials propose a $109 million budget for next year [Standard-Examiner].
  • A Blanding hospital announces it will no longer ship its medical waste to a controversial waste incinerator in North Salt Lake [Standard-Examiner].
  • The Utah Department of Transportation unveils a new program allowing citizens to report weather conditions that may affect road travel [Deseret News].
  • Some parks in Layton will begin offering free wi-fi by the end of the year [Deseret News].
  • Dixie State University president Stephen Nadauld announces he will retire at the end of the year [Tribune].
  • Utah officials remain blissfully unaware of a looming threat [Utah Policy].