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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Alty News: Dry January Means Drought in the West; N. Carolina Sets Model for Overturning Wrongful Convictions

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A firm sidestepped regulations to sell 18,000 knee replacement tools without FDA approval.—

Top of the Alty World

"Unapproved, but Used in Surgery"—ProPublica

North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission has exonerated eight defendants since 2006, and could be a national model for fighting wrongful convictions.—The Atlantic

Politicians spar over legal weed in the nation's capital.—Rolling Stone

A dry January means low snowpacks and likely another drought in the western states.—High Country News

Top of Alty Utah

The Anti-"Count My Vote" bill faces little opposition in committee from Republicans.—Utah Political Capitol

The LDS Church's trend of announcements before the legislative session is likely part of the Church's efforts to be a bigger player on the national stage.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Sen. President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, is leaning toward supporting the Governor's Healthy Utah Plan.—Utah Policy 

A bill to allow all adult citizens without criminal records to carry concealed weapons without a permit is back on the hill.—Utah Political Capitol


Utah Politico Hub notes that the State Democratic Party sent a fundraising letter complaining of Republican calls to cut education spending in the base budget, and then shortly thereafter voted unanimously with Republicans on the same cuts. The only exception was Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, who abstained from voting.

Yes, that’s Senator Jim Dabakis, Democrat from Senate District 2, abstaining or not voting for the cuts. I’m not sure whether that qualifies as standing with teachers and students, or if he was just out of the room during the vote, but it’s anything but standing with teachers and students against the “cut-not-cut-cut-thingy”.

I am sure of one thing, though, and that is that not a single Senate Democrat voted against the much ballyhooed education budget cuts.

Which, to be clear, isn’t even a cut. It’s base budget. But don’t expect Utah Democrats to call it that way when fundraising is on the line.—Utah Politico Hub

The Long View

A Sandy garage owner has been locked in a David vs. Goliath struggle with Sandy City, which appears to want part of his land that is adjacent to Rio Tinto Stadium.

When local media stories announced in October 2005 that Real Salt Lake (RSL) was moving to Sandy after a tumultuous political battle over public funding, the prices of property surrounding the 19.7 acre lot where the stadium was to be built went through the roof. Sandy City Mayor Tom Dolan was likely not referring to Maupin's garage when he told The Salt Lake Tribune in October 2005 that the stadium could be a major economic driver and a "real catalyst" for all the properties around 9000 South. Nevertheless, Maupin's property, given its location on what would be the corner of where Rio Tinto Way begins its northern descent to the stadium, overnight became the focus of intense interest to multiple parties. Since then, Maupin says, "it's just been a constant fight" to maintain ownership of the garage and the ground it stands on.

Other owners of automotive and industrial businesses that surround the stadium echo Maupin's belief that Sandy City doesn't want them there—that they are, as one commercial entity owner puts it, "the wrong kind of business." While RSL and Sandy City's development plans for the area surrounding the stadium fell victim to the 2008 financial crash, Real's new owner, property magnate Dell Loy Hansen, according to the team's website, is looking at development around the stadium.—Salt Lake City Weekly

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