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Alternate Realities Roundup 10/8

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2013-10-08 -

A Supreme Court case being heard Tuesday could lead to a decision that would eviscerate what's left of federal protections against money's influence in politics and elections.

Top of the Alty World

“This Supreme Court Case Could Usher in a 'System of Legalized Corruption'”--Mother Jones

A national reporting-project partnership shines a light on access to emergency contraceptives across the country.--AAN

A 16-year-old ward of the state in Nebraska is being required by the state's all-male Supreme Court to carry a pregnancy to term.--The Nation

Despite a hunger strike, calls for reform problems at Guantanamo Bay fade from the public spotlight.--Rolling Stone

Top of Alty Utah

According to a poll done of 500 Utah voters, 46 percent of respondents blame the Obama administration for the closure of national parks in Utah, which are part of the services closed by government shutdown. The poll also looks at support for taking over the parks and other related issues.--Libertas Institute

Some Democrats are organizing again for the ouster of Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah.--Utah Political Capitol

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker announces a plan for a reduced TRAX fare plan.--KCPW

The Public Service Commission changed a rule to make it easier for businesses to install electric-vehicle charging stations.--KUER

Rantosphere

While local funding has helped shore up the Utah Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the Salt City Sinner says it's too early to celebrate while the government is still shutdown.

“Given the vulnerability of the population served by WIC – mothers in poverty with infants under the age of five – there is no downside to this news. The funding has come through, and at-risk kids will get food and medicine. Gov. Gary Herbert, of course, made some honking noises about how great this is and then weirdly almost claimed the credit himself, saying that “the state” had come up with the money for a few weeks' worth of WIC already before he heard about this new USDA money. Who came up with that money, where it came from, and what they were waiting for to announce this revelation was not explained. Utah WIC is in danger of running out of steam again if the federal budget crisis is not resolved within a month (the last federal-government shutdown lasted 28 days). In the meantime, 40,000 workers in Utah have been furloughed, and the administration (although not payment) of Social Security and Medicaid has been reduced or shuttered.”--Salt City Sinner

The Long View

Human-rights lawyer Kate Kelly is the founder of Ordain Women, a group seeking for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to give women the power of the priesthood, currently held only by worthy male members of the church.

“[Kelly] recognizes that women in the church enjoyed priesthood-like powers for only a few years before their leadership was reorganized, but she rejects the idea that the church’s books of policy are closed when it comes to women in the church. “To those that say, ‘Well, this is how its always been,’ I say, this is a church of restoration,” Kelly says. “We believe the continued restoration of the gospel is one of the most precious and beautiful doctrines of Mormonism—that the heavens have not closed.”--Salt Lake City Weekly

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