What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – November 5, 2013

Countdown:  The 2013 municipal elections are today. There are 83 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 364 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 791 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • It’s election day in Utah. Go out and vote [Tribune].
  • A raft of missing emails from Attorney General John Swallow’s office are raising even more questions about a possible coverup [Tribune].
  • Attorney General John Swallow’s office says they will not oppose a court order to turn over a number of files to the Legislative committee investigating his conduct [Deseret News].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch is one of seven Republicans who joined with Senate Democrats to allow debate on a bill denying discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation [Tribune].
  • Among the revelations in a new book about the 2012 election: Jon Huntsman’s aides called the Republican candidate “lazy” and a “wuss” [Tribune].
  • Rep. Kraig Powell is proposing some changes to the way candidates can get on the primary ballot [Utah Policy].
  • An incumbent for the Duchesne City Council has been disqualified from Tuesday’s ballot for failing to file campaign finance disclosures [Deseret News].
  • Hyde Park residents will vote today whether to drop their ban on the sale of alcohol [Tribune].
  • The candidates for Park City Mayor have raised and spent a record amount of cash [Tribune].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop slams government gridlock in a meeting with Weber County Republicans [Standard-Examiner].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks Obamacare in a meeting with Utah County Republicans [Daily Herald].
  • Five legislators visit schools deemed as failing under the state’s new grading system [Deseret News].
  • A federal court strikes down a BLM management plan for roads in the Richfield resource area [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams wants the county to cover treatment for employees’ children with autism [Deseret News].