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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.

Countdown:

  • 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
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • 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].
On this day in history:
  • 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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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah schools need more counselors

Senate Judiciary Committee OKs Utah appeals judge, again

Swallow probe not worth the price, Utahns say

Obama picks a Utahn to be ambassador to Yemen

Public forum on Utah prison move airs ongoing concerns

Utah AG picks outside counsel in same-sex marriage fight

Deseret News

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

Utah Clean Air Partnership gives air funding boost to 13 efforts

Consultant's recommendations on prison move coming next week

Committee taking a closer look at wireless 911 calls

Other

Richardson makes it official, she's challenging Greene (Daily Herald)

Weber lawmaker: Amend Utah Constitution to allow top officials' recall elections (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County Council gives support to Transfer of Public Lands Act (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

House passes measure requiring O-Care updates; 33 Dems defect (The Hill)

Pelosi: Retirements will have no effect on Nov. (The Hill)

Christie tries to move on from 'Bridgegate' with Sandy speech (Los Angeles Times)

Ex-GOP chairman Ed Gillespie declares Va. Senate bid (USA Today)

Justice Dept. to expand profiling definition (Associated Press)

Video Shows U.S. Soldier Held Captive Since '09 (RealClearPolitics)

House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon to retire (USA Today)

Obama urges action on expanding college access (New York Daily News)

Biden visits auto show, proclaims 'this is going to be the American century for manufacturing' (Gannett)

Top Dem: 'Patently False' that Clinton Bears Blame for Benghazi (NBC News)

Reid Says Debt Limit Not Urgent After Lew Seeks Action (Bloomberg)





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