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Monday, January 13, 2014
What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 13, 2014
"Count My Vote" raises big bucks. Swallow uses campaign money to pay legal fees. Feds will recognize Utah same-sex marriages.
Today's Utah news highlights:
On this day in history:
- Backers of the "Count My Vote" citizen's initiative raised more than $800,000 last year, which is more than any other political cause or candidate in 2013 [Tribune].
- Former Attorney General John Swallow used more than $230,000 of campaign money to pay off legal fees [Tribune].
- An in-depth look at Jason Powers who is at the center of some allegations in the Swallow investigation [Tribune].
- Attorney General Sean Reyes shakes up his leadership team [Tribune].
- The federal government will recognize those same-sex marriages that took place in Utah prior to the Supreme Court stay [Tribune].
- Same-sex marriage proponents rally at the Capitol asking Gov. Gary Herbert to not appeal the decision that struck down Amendment 3 [Tribune].
- The LDS Church calls for civility in the debate over same-sex marriage [Deseret News].
- Don Gale says the LDS Church needs to change their approach to the same-sex marriage debate [Tribune].
- Sen. Mike Lee calls for more bipartisanship in Washington [Tribune].
- A report to the Salt Lake City Council finds Youth City programs don't reach too many kids on the west-side of the city [Tribune].
- House Speaker Becky Lockhart discusses the upcoming legislative session [Utah Policy].
- Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb chew over whether the state should move the prison [Deseret News].
- Rep. Jim Dunnigan is proposing legislation to raise the speed limit to 80 mph on more Utah freeways [Tribune].
- Lawmakers will consider limits on how people can use public voter information after a list of registered voters popped up online this week [Tribune].
- The Holladay City Council will vote on a proposed non-discrimination measure based on sexual orientation next month [Tribune].
- More bad water news for Utah as the state's reservoirs are at just 35% of capacity [Standard-Examiner].
- President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag after Vermont and Kentucky joined the Union in 1794.
- American songwriter Stephen Foster passed away in 1864.
- Novelist James Joyce died in 1941.
- Robert C. Weaver, the first black Cabinet member, was named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966.
- Former Vice President Hubert Humphrey died at the age of 66 in 1978.
- Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation's first elected black governor in 1990.
Today At Utah Policy
|Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Amendment 3 'On Hold'|
Recognition of those same-sex marriages performed in Utah before the Supreme Court issued a stay in the Amendment 3 case are "on hold" while the appeals process moves forward. We asked our Political Insiders and readers if that was the proper course of action, or whether Gov...
|WaPo Endorses Hatch Free-Trade Bill|
The Washington Post endorses a bipartisan proposal unveiled Thursday by Sen. Orrin Hatch that would give Pres. Obama more authority to negotiate expanded free trade agreements with Europe and the Pacific Rim....
|Specialty Retailer Elevates Outdoor Products in Utah|
Cabela's, along with theGovernor's Office of Economic Development, announced plans to operate a highly sophisticated distribution center in Tooele County to process freight and deliver products to consumers....
|Medical Manufacturer Makes Meaningful Economic Impact|
Varian Medical Systems, along with theGovernor's Office of Economic Development, announced that Varian is expanding its existing Salt Lake City operation, a move that Varian estimates will lead to the creation of 1,000 new full-time jobs over the coming 15 years....
Op-ed: Same-sex marriage decisions and 3 attacks on religious freedom
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Is tearing down the prison and relocating worth the cost?
Editorial: On gay marriage, Utah must protect its laws and democratic processes
New Utah attorney general shakes up leadership team
Utah working to process 24,000 applications for health care
Utah tourism industry poised to hit $1B in tax revenue
Utah lawmakers want to change the way your voter information is sold
Salt Lake Chamber hears from legislative leaders on gas tax, air quality
North Dakota oil rush fuels new chances for Utahns
Compromise, solutions sought in energy and public lands debate
Crude reality: North Dakota oil boom has Utah envying its surplus green
Political tension a constant companion to Utah's oil and gas fields
Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: Count My Vote will leave Utah elections to power brokers
John Swallow paid $235k in legal fees from campaign
Utah Lt. Gov: New math text is 'game changer'
80-mph speed zones could spread to freeways statewide
Utah Sen. Mike Lee reaches across aisle with prison reform bill
A look at campaign aide who helped elect Swallow, Hatch, Lee
Lawmaker looking to protect voter information (Daily Herald)
Women underrepresented in Utah politics (Daily Herald)
Forms of government: What's best for Orem, Provo? (Daily Herald)
Editorial: Resolve open-carry gun problem (Standard-Examiner)
Political opponents of Utah same-sex marriage report receiving death threats (Standard-Examiner)
Record corporate refunds hit Box Elder hard (Standard-Examiner)
Layton lawmaker: state should ease fingerprint rules for school districts (Standard-Examiner)
County Council member Robinson, Rep. Powell will seek re-election (Park Record)
Early 2016 states still high on Christie -- for now (NBC News)
McCain: Gates should have delayed book (USA Today)
Court weighs president's recess appointments power (Associated Press)
Mayor Gets Piece of NYC's Mind on Pizza Etiquette (Associated Press)
McAuliffe's first order of business: Ethics reform (CNN)
Lawmakers debate past, future of war on poverty (Gannett)
For the First Time, Half of Members of Congress are MillionairesDemocrats Worth more than Republicans (AllGov)
NH House considers decriminalizing marijuana (Associated Press)
Senator Warren doubts whether Fischer should be vice chairman of Fed (Haaretz)
Obama administration cutting ties with HealthCare.gov contractor (Fox News)
Economy added 74,000 jobs in weak December report (Washington Post)
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