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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 10, 2014
LDS Church not getting involved in Amendment 3 fight. Lawmakers consider changes to DUI laws.


  • 17 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 165 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 298 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 661 days to the 2015 elections
  • 725 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1032 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • The Human Rights Campaign is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to take steps so that the 1,300 same-sex couples married in Utah have their licenses upheld [Tribune].
  • The LDS Church will not get involved in the ongoing fight over Amendment 3 [Fox 13].
  • Meet Mark Lawrence, the man behind the court challenge that led to Amendment 3 being declared unconstitutional [Tribune].
  • Attorney General Sean Reyes sends a letter to county clerks directing them to finish the paperwork on the same-sex marriage licenses they issued before the Supreme Court granted Utah a stay in the case [Deseret News,Standard-Examiner].
  • Salt Lake County Republicans select Robert Spendlove to replace Derek Brown in the Legislature and Aimee Winder Newton to fill David Wilde's seat on the County Council [Tribune].
  • Polygamists in Utah are asking Reyes to not appeal a court ruling against the state's polygamy laws [Fox 13].
  • Some changes to state law may result from the John Swallow scandal [Standard-Examiner].
  • Lawmakers may consider a measure to lower the legal limit for driving under the influence [KUTV].
  • Rep. Kay Christofferson wants to privatize state-run golf courses [Daily Herald].
  • The Utah GOP made some changes to the caucus system for nominating candidates [Utah Policy].
  • Crews have begun the demolition of the Deseret Chemical Depot [Tribune].
  • Utah settles with Phillips 66 in a lawsuit alleging the oil company took payments from the state's Petroleum Storage Tank Fund they weren't entitled to [Deseret News].
  • Another dry winter may mean more drought in Utah [Deseret News].
  • A new website is posting the personal information of about 1.5 million Utah voters [Fox 13].
On this day in history:
  • Thomas Paine's Common Sense was published in 1776.
  • Florida became the third state to secede from the Union in 1861.
  • Utah grocer John Morrison and his son Arling were shot to death in their Salt Lake City store and police arrested labor activist Joe Hill for the crime despite evidence another man was responsible in 1914.
  • The League of Nations came into existence in 1920.
  • "Masterpiece Theatre" premiered on PBS in 1971.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Same-Sex Marriage in Utah...It's About Time
I spent the recent holidays in London, and it was interesting to see good old Utah making national and international headlines over same-sex marriage.I returned to find that several of my gay and lesbian friends actually got married.In Utah?!...

Utah GOP Adds Same-Day Ballots to Caucus System
Last month, the big news coming out of Utah Republican Party State Central Committee meeting was the race to replace former Attorney General John Swallow.But, the group also changed a key rule in its caucus system for nominating candidates....

Matheson Most Likely to Co-Sponsor Republican Legislation
According to a new analysis, Rep. Jim Matheson was the most likely member of Congress to co-sponsor legislation with members on the other side of the aisle....

Transportation and Taxes: Business Leaders and Legislators Talk 2014 Priorities
Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says "maybe," House Speaker Becky Lockhart says no to any gas tax hikes in the 2014 Legislature....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Sore Losers and Sore Winners on Same-Sex Marriage
Thank goodness the Supreme Court stepped in and temporarily stopped same-sex marriage in Utah....

Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #171
Gov. Gary Herbert puts same-sex marriages in Utah "on hold," lawmakers consider a gas tax hike and more John Swallow shenanigans.Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week in Utah politics....

Casual Friday:Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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David Gessell Named Executive Vice President of Utah Hospital Association
The Board of Trustees of Utah Hospital Association has promoted David C. Gessel to Executive Vice President of the Association. In this new role, Dave will continue to serve as the Association's lead lobbyist and legal counsel but will on additional leadership responsibiliti...

Weekly Survey: Same-Sex Marriage on Hold
Gov. Gary Herbert ordered state agencies to not recognize same-sex marriages already performed in Utah after the Supreme Court issued a stay in the Amendment 3 case. Do you think this is the proper course of action? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Becker sets the right agenda for city and state

Demolition begins at Utah's chemical weapons depot

Aimee Winder Newton wins Council seat; Spendlove takes House seat

Utah tackles backlog of 24,000 Medicaid applications

Deseret News

GOED announces incentives for 1,250 new Utah jobs

Salt Lake County Republicans fill two seats in special election

Demolition underway for chemical weapons incinerator

School board supports bill targeting poverty through after-school education

Is the road to the presidency closed for Gov. Chris Christie?

Attorney General Reyes directs counties to give certificates to married same-sex couples


Utah Farm Bureau urges delisting of wolves (Daily Herald)

State reps address air quality, caucus system at town hall (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Christie: 'I am embarrassed and humiliated' over bridge scandal (The Hill)

Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered (New York Times)

Christie fires aide in NJ bridge scandal; prosecutor launches probe (Reuters)

Obama 'promise zones' deliver rare moment of dtente with top GOP rivals (Christian Science Monitor)

Unemployment benefits extension stalls in Senate (Reuters)

Half of Congress Members Are Millionaires, Report Says (New York Times)

Snowden leaks severely hurt U.S. security, two House members say (Los Angeles Times)

Nuclear launch officers tied to narcotics probe (Associated Press)

U.S. lawmakers propose fast-track bill for trade agreements (Reuters)

Senators Call for Action on Oil Train Derailments (Associated Press)

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