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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 17, 2014
Utah will allow same-sex couples to file joint tax returns. Reyes picks outside counsel to help with defense of Amendment 3. Poll: Utahns support legalizing medical marijuana.
Today's Utah news highlights:
- 10 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
- 55 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
- 158 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 291 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 654 days to the 2015 elections
- 719 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 1025 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- Utah announces it will allow legally married same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns [Tribune].
- Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes picks a team of 3 attorneys to assist with the state's defense of Amendment 3 [Tribune].
- A bill in Congress would block the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in Utah while the state does not [Tribune].
- Massachusetts announces that state will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah [Standard-Examiner].
- A new poll finds 51% of Utahns support legalizing medical marijuana, but not for recreational use [Tribune].
- Rep. Gage Froerer wants to allow recall elections for statewide elected offices, but it will take a constitutional amendment to accomplish that [Standard-Examiner].
- The Senate Judiciary Committee once again advances the nomination of Utah Judge Carolyn McHugh to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals [Tribune].
- President Obama taps Utah native Matthew Tueller as ambassador to Yemen [Tribune].
- Portions of Utah are part of a federal disaster declaration because of continuing drought [Standard-Examiner].
- The consultant hired to come up with recommendations for moving the state prison will present their report next week [Deseret News].
- Utahns air their concerns about a potential move for the state prison at a public hearing [Tribune].
- 13 pollution cutting proposals receive grant money from the Utah Clean Air Partnership [Deseret News].
- The cost of living for Utah residents dipped slightly last month, mostly because of lower gas prices [Tribune].
- Former Rep. Holly Richardson officially announces she will challenge Rep. Brian Greene for the GOP nomination in HD 57 [Daily Herald].
- Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706.
- Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th president of the United States died in Ohio in 1893.
- Gary Gilmore became the first person executed by firing squad at the Utah State prison, the first execution in the U.S. after the death penalty was reintroduced in 1977.
- Operation Desert Storm was launched against Iraq in 1991.
- A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Northridge, California in 1994.
- President Bill Clinton became the first sitting U.S. president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit in 1998.
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