What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – November 6, 2013

Countdown:  There are 82 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 363 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 790 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Lawmakers try to wrap their heads around how much data is missing from Attorney General John Swallow’s office [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Holly Richardson throws some serious shade on Swallow’s claims of innocence about the missing records [Holly on the Hill].
  • Voters overwhelmingly reject a proposed $495 million bond proposal by the Jordan School District [Tribune].
  • Former legislator Ron Bigelow will be the next mayor of West Valley City [Deseret News].
  • Incumbent mayors in Sandy, Midvale and Cottonwood Heights win re-election [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council will see three new faces come January [Tribune].
  • Bob Stevenson wins the Layton mayoral contest [Standard-Examiner].
  • Daniel McArthur is ousted as mayor of St. George after two decades in that office [Tribune].
  • Tons of new faces in Davis County as 10 cities elect new mayors [Standard-Examiner].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says lawmakers need to start considering a hike in the gas tax to fund future transportation projects [Standard-Examiner].
  • Mitt Romney speaks at a sports symposium in Utah one year after losing the 2012 election [Tribune].
  • Early snowstorms are bolstering Utah’s snowpack numbers [Deseret News].
  • A federal judge rules UDOT unfairly restricted the free speech rights of two groups by requiring they purchase insurance coverage before holding a rally to raise awareness about climate change [Tribune].