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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 14, 2014
Utahns are evenly divided on same-sex marriage. Education groups back "Count My Vote." Lawmakers move closer to a possible compromise on Medicaid expansion.
Today's Utah news highlights:
- 13 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
- 58 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
- 161 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 294 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 657 days to the 2015 elections
- 722 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 1028 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- A new poll shows Utahns are evenly split on the issue of same-sex marriage, but nearly 3/4 would support civil unions for same-sex couples [Tribune].
- The debate over same-sex marriage could impact the fate of a proposed statewide non-discrimination bill [Deseret News].
- Education groups come out in favor of the "Count My Vote" citizens initiative because they say it will help make education more of a priority in Utah politics [Tribune].
- The number of Utahns enrolling in Obamacare is up, but still lagging behind government projections [Tribune].
- Utah lawmakers may be moving closer to a compromise on Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Jim Dabakis is proposing a campaign finance reform measure that would curb big political donations [Standard-Examiner].
- Don't expect any movement from the Legislature on a proposal to hike the gas tax in order to help build roads [Utah Policy].
- Big snowstorms can cost the Utah economy millions of dollars according to a new study [KSL].
- Someone has launched an online petition to impeach Gov. Gary Herbert [Utah Policy].
- Utah National Guard employees may lose their job if the Army follows through with plans to remove 16 Apache helicopters from the state [Tribune].
- The Utah Transit Authority plans to focus efforts on improving the experience for customers [Deseret News].
- Clark Ivory resigns from the University of Utah board of trustees in order to serve a mission for the LDS Church [Tribune].
- A dozen staffers at the Ogden Standard-Examiner lose their jobs, including cartoonist Cal Grondahl [Tribune].
- The U.S. ratified a peace treaty with England that ended the Revolutionary War in 1784.
- President Franklin Roosevelt met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French General Charles de Gaulle at a wartime conference in Casablanca in 1943.
- NBC's "Today" show premiered in 1952.
- George Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama promising "segregation forever" in 1963.
- Sylvia Plath's novel "The Bell Jar" was published in 1963.
- President Ronald Reagan delivered his 331st and final weekly radio address in 1989.
- "The Simpsons" premiered on television in 1990.
- Former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow pleaded guilty to conspiracy and accepted a ten-year prison sentence in 2004.
- Bobby Jindal took office as the first elected Indian-American governor in the nation in 2008.
- Cyclist Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he'd used performance-enhancing drugs in 2013.
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