What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – November 4, 2013

Countdown:  The 2013 municipal elections are tomorrow. There are 84 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 365 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 792 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Investigators say electronic data from and concerning Attorney General John Swallow dating back to 2009 may be missing, which contradicts a statement from Swallow’s attorney that some emails were lost during a switch to a new system [Tribune].
  • Hundreds of supporters turn out for a rally supporting Sen. Mike Lee [Tribune].
  • Scott Howell, who ran against Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2012, says Hatch was a “statesman” during the government shut down while Sen. Lee acted out of self interest [Tribune].
  • A new book says Jon Huntsman, Sr. was the source for Sen. Harry Ried’s claim that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years. Huntsman says that claim is false [Tribune].
  • Nonprofit groups band together to call on Gov. Gary Herbert to expand Medicaid [Tribune].
  • President Barack Obama names Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker to a group tasked with developing a plan on how government will respond to climate change [Tribune].
  • Five towns in Utah County will not hold an election this year because municipal candidates there are running unopposed [Daily Herald].
  • Two candidates for Ogden City Council are thrown off the ballot for failing to file campaign finance disclosure statements [Tribune].
  • A Pleasant Grove mayoral candidate is at the center of some controversy because of a 2008 purchase of a car from the city [Fox 13].
  • Davis County officials would very much like to expand the west Farmington jail in case the state prison is closed. Farmington City officials disagree with that stance [Standard-Examiner].
  • A new study says rising temperatures from climate change could have a big impact on Salt Lake City’s water supply [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City moves closer to ending chronic homelessness among military veterans [KSL].
  • Former Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis is retiring after three decades of public service [Deseret News].
  • Bluffdale officials plan to piggyback economic development on the new NSA data center located at Camp Williams [Tribune].
  • A group of parents are evaluating questions for new statewide tests that students will take next year [Tribune].
  • Former lawmaker Carl Wimmer talks about his conversion from the LDS Church to evangelical Christian [Tribune].