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Thursday, January 16, 2014

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 16, 2014

Utahns don't want to continue Swallow investigation. Utah GOP won't launch their own petition drive against "Count My Vote." Delta Air Lines to expand in Utah.


  • 11 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 56 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 159 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 292 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 655 days to the 2015 elections
  • 720 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1026 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • A new poll shows most Utahns don't favor continuing the House investigation into John Swallow now that he has resigned [Tribune].
  • The Utah GOP will not move forward with a planned counter-petition to "Count My Vote" [Utah Policy].
  • Backers of "Count My Vote" say it's unclear whether changes to the caucus system enacted by lawmakers would be enough for them to end their petition drive [Deseret News].
  • Attorney General Sean Reyes is set to name the outside counsel to assist in the state's defense of Amendment 3 [Deseret News].
  • It looks like it's now a race to the Supreme Court between Utah and Oklahoma over same-sex marriage [Deseret News].
  • Delta Air Lines announces plans to expand at Salt Lake City International Airport [Deseret News].
  • The Alpine School District approves a measure to make searching student lockers easier [Tribune].
  • Advocates say the case of a Utah teenager battling cancer who was cut off from Medicaid is a perfect example of why the state should not wait on accepting money to expand the program [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jacob Anderegg wants to allow clergy to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding if they object to the practice [Standard-Examiner].
  • Former Governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is tapped to chair the Atlantic Council, replacing former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft in the post [Tribune].
  • Sen. Daniel Thatcher is pushing legislation to change Utah's "three strikes" law on theft [Tribune].
  • A group launches a lawsuit against the Alta ski resort over their ban on snowboarders [KSL].
On this day in history:
  • The 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages, went into effect in 1920.
  • Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower formally assumed control of the Allied forces in 1944.
  • The White House announced Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
  • President Barack Obama made his pitch for the economic stimulus to help end the recession in 2009.

Today At Utah Policy

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Power, Perks and Impropriety
I'm guessing at least some of the opposition to Count My Vote isn't because delegates want to hang on to the power they have in nominating candidates.It's the perks they don't want to give up....

Utah GOP: 'There Will Not be a Counter Initiative to Count My Vote'
Despite being specifically authorized to run a pro-caucus/convention citizen petition this year, because of time and money constraints the State Republican Party will not go forward with its own citizen initiative drive....

Minimum Wage Hike Would Have Big Impact in Utah
More than a quarter of Utah workers earn less than 150% of the minimum wage according to a new study....

Jason Chaffetz Reads 'Mean Tweets'
Simply brilliant. Now This News asked politicians to read "mean tweets" about themselves. The results are hilarious!...

Swallow Investigation Recommends Changes in State Law (with video)
The law firm that worked on the Utah Lieutenant Governor's investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow on Tuesday morning recommended 20 changes to state election laws.The Snell & Wilmer attorneys who had previously pointed out a number of violations of state ...

Featured Items

Hatch Slams Justice Dept. over IRS Probe
Sen. Orrin Hatch criticizes the halfhearted effort of the Justice Department to get to the bottom of the IRS targeting scandal....

Weekly Survey: Non-Discrimination Ordinance
Will the Amendment 3 ruling affect the chances of a proposed statewide non-discrimination measure during the 2014 legislature? Vote in our weekly survey....

Privacy Tools: How to Safely Browse the Web
In the course of writing her book, Dragnet Nation, ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin tried various strategies to protect her privacy. In this blog post, she distills the lessons from her privacy experiments into useful tips for readers....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Goshutes should have had more say over mine plan

British company jumps into Utah oil shale

Utah's three strikes theft law could become four

Huntsman tapped to chair the Atlantic Council

U. prof to make case for victims

Planners give thumbs down to Dimple Dell proposal

Teen battling cancer awaits Utah Medicaid expansion

Deseret News

Op-ed: Problematic policy from polls

Jay Evensen: Why should we do more than just tolerate religion?

Shurtleff's alleged 'fixer' bails out of jail; walked out of prison Friday

Former Gov. Huntsman named chairman of Atlantic Council

Count My Vote initiative expected to go forward even if lawmakers approve reforms

Utah attorney general to name outside counsel for same-sex marriage appeal

Oklahoma, Utah same-sex marriage rulings could turn up heat on Supreme Court


Editorial: Swallow = campaign reform (Standard-Examiner)

Utah bill addresses clergy right to say no to same-sex weddings (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Benghazi report ups pressure on Hillary (The Hill)

Right to Boehner: Be bold on 2014 agenda (The Hill)

Senate Benghazi Report Spreads Blame (Wall Street Journal)

Video Shows U.S. Soldier Long Held by Afghans (New York Times)

Poll: Christie cruising through bridge scandal (NBC)

House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014 (CNN)

U.S. accuses Wal-Mart of labor violations (Los Angeles Times)

Ohio's Lethal Injection Experiment (TIME)

Supreme Court signals opposition to abortion clinic buffer zone (Los Angeles Times)

Obama's NSA announcements just the starting point (Associated Press)

EPA Critical of Alaska Pebble Mine Project (Wall Street Journal)

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