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News roundup: How George Bush learned to quit Cheney

Published November 5, 2013 8:53 am

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It's Election Day. How Bush learned to quit Cheney. Leavitt gives his take on Obamacare woes.

Happy Tuesday and Happy Election Day. Polls open in Utah cities and towns this morning at 7 a.m. for mayoral and city council races and nationally, it appears voters in Virginia may elect a Democrat and New Jersey may re-elect a Republican. What to watch for in Virginia: [Politico] And in the Garden State, just how big will Christie's margins be? [Politico]

-> If you're not sure where to vote in Utah, check here: [Vote.Utah.Gov]

-> Here's a rundown of what's at stake in Utah: West Valley City residents will vote in a new mayor, and Jordan School District residents will vote on the $495 million bond. [Trib] [DNews]

Topping the news: Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, who deals with Medicare Part D problems as head of Health and Human Services, says if Obamacare website glitches are fixed soon, it won't hurt its impact too much. If the problems persist, it's a bigger deal. [Trib]

-> AG John Swallow's attorney says that Swallow deleted his electronic data before he was under investigation, but a recording of a conversation reveals he might have known he was the target of a probe. [Trib]

-> The new book, "Double Down: Game Change 2012," paints Jon Huntsman as lazy and whiney on the campaign trail; and that he considered running on an independent ticket and jumping from the GOP. [Trib]

-> Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch and Dean Heller, both of whom are Mormons, join Democrats in voting to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, assuring its passage later this week. [Trib] [Politico] [CNN] [NYTimes]

Tweet of the day: From @pourmecoffee: "Rand Paul apparently thought it was 'Atlas Cribbed.'"

Coming tomorrow: Utah State University's College Republicans will host Rep. Rob Bishop at a Pizza and Politics event Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center Room 046.

In other news: Rep. Jason Chaffetz harshly criticized the source responsible for leaking the name of a British security agent who served in Benghazi. Chaffetz called the action an absolute outrage to risk the safety of that individual. [Politico]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on why Swallow's electronic records are missing. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City, UTA and Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced Monday that a new car-sharing program will be available that allows members to rent cars by the hour or day. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The small northern Utah city of Hyde Park will vote to determine whether the ban on alcohol will be lifted or not. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses the proper way to woo your legislator, taken from a book written in 1965 about how women can be more attractive to men. [Trib]

-> Utah Agricultural Commissioner Leonard Blackham is retiring next year after nearly a decade in office. [Herald]

-> Rep. Kraig Powell suggests a dual-track approach to getting on the Utah ballot. [UtahPolicy]

Nationally: A new book, "Days of Fire," the NY Times Peter Baker takes a look at President George W. Bush's presidency and how he relied on Dick Cheney at the start and then relegated him to the margins toward the end. Or, how The Washington Post headlines it, "How Bush learned to quit Cheney." [WaPost]

-> In one of the biggest health care fraud settlements ever, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion to settle claims of illegally marketing drugs. [Politico] [NYTimes]

-> The director of security at the Pentagon misused his powers and gave employees preferential treatments, such as playing golf while on administrative leave. A spokesman for the Pentagon said it would be inappropriate to comment at this time. [Politico] [CNN] [NYTimes]

Where are they?

Rep. Chris Stewart votes, meets with southern Utah state lawmakers, sits down with the mayor of Cedar City and teaches financial issues to Canyon View High School students.

Gov. Gary Herbert attends UDOT's Transportation Summit, goes to the TEAMS 2013 Conference and sits down with Rep. Rob Bishop.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams eats breakfast with the community council officials, holds a press conference for the Kearns Road Project and attends the County Council meeting.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends the Department Directors meeting, participates in the Performing Arts meeting and goes to the TEAMS 2013 Conference.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends the city employee gratitude breakfast, reads to kindergartners at Farnsworth Elementary and conducts the City Council meeting.

President Barack Obama meets with business leaders to discuss passing immigration reform, has lunch with Vice President Joe Biden and travels to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit wounded soldiers.

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