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Thursday, January 2, 2014

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 2, 2014

Utah appeals to the Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriage. Utah County wants to be part of the prison relocation talks. Legal weed in Colorado may not be kosher for Utahns.


  • 25 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 173 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 306 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 669 days to the 2015 elections
  • 733 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1040 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • Utah asks the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay to stop same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Utah has dropped the argument against same-sex marriage that says procreation is in the state's best interest [Tribune].
  • A lesbian couple says a lawsuit against the state and LDS church over same-sex marriage listed their names without their permission [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Same-sex divorce is now legal in Utah as well [KSL].
  • Now you can read legislators' emails if they want you to [KSL].
  • State Auditor John Dougall reflects on his first year in office [Deseret News].
  • With the dawning of the new year comes the inauguration of a number of new mayors and municipal officials around the state [Deseret News].
  • Utah County officials want to make sure they are included in discussions about possibly relocating the state prison [Daily Herald].
  • The consumer confidence among Utahns hit an all-time high last month [Tribune].
  • More Utah police forces are using body cameras to record their interactions with the public [Tribune].
  • Utah teachers can take a free firearms class this week sponsored by the Utah Shooting Sports Council [Tribune].
  • Utahns who partake of legalized marijuana in Colorado could be breaking the law when they return to Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake County Council is protesting a proposed annexation of part of Millcreek into Holladay [KSL].
  • Syracuse attorney Terry Spencer is considering a run for Davis County Commission as a Libertarian rather than a Republican [Standard-Examiner].
  • More than 1/3 of 911 calls made from cell phones in Utah do not have accurate location information [Deseret News].
  • Lab tests indicate 27 bald eagles have died in Utah because of West Nile virus [Deseret News].
  • A study says most rape cases in Salt Lake County are never prosecuted [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • Georgia was admitted to the Union as the 4th state to ratify the Constitution in 1788
  • Sen. John F. Kennedy launched his bid for the White House in 1960
  • Rudolph Giuliani was inaugurated as New York City's mayor in 1994
  • The University of Utah football team finished an undefeated season with a 31-17 upset of #4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in 2009

Local Headlines

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Judge Shelby was wrong, but gay marriage momentum is a reality

Editorial: Extend unemployment benefits

Utah authorities on alert as Colorado prepares to open retail marijuana stores

Gay marriages are 'affront' to Utah, state argues in appeal to high court

Utah consumer attitudes reach historic high

An auditor with an eagle eye

New mayors prepare to take office

Ticket not your fault in Salt Lake City? You might still need to pay

Online portal displaying Utah lawmaker emails launches

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: A father's rights

Utahns optimistic about state's economy

Utah educators offered free concealed-gun class

Burning questions Utahns may have about Colorado's pot laws

Smoking marijuana in Colorado could bust drivers - weeks later - in Utah

Lesbian couple seeks dismissal of hoax suit against state, Mormon church

Utah takes next step in effort to stop same-sex marriage


Editorial: Another need for GRAMA (Standard-Examiner)

Utah businesses benefit from increased property tax exemption (Standard-Examiner)

Outgoing Roy mayor left mark on the city, Weber County (Standard-Examiner)

More so than Utah, other states witness odd laws take effect (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Officials admit potential O-Care problems (The Hill)

After tough year, no end in sight to Pentagon's struggles in new year (The Hill)

Obama faces resurgent al Qaeda in 2014 (The Hill)

Court weighs fate of net neutrality (The Hill)

$1T spending bill nears unveiling (The Hill)

De Blasio sworn in as New York mayor, succeeding Bloomberg (Reuters)

Duggan Takes Bankrupt Detroit's Oath Of Office (Associated Press)

WH says birth control mandate doesn't apply to plaintiff in Sotomayor's decision (Fox News)

After rough year, Obama looks for 2014 comeback, amid some unsolicited New Year's resolutions (Fox News)

Judge upholds most of New York's new gun law (UPI)

Number of cops killed by gunfire in 2013 dips to 33, lowest since 1887 (Fox News)

Justice delays health law's birth control mandate (Associated Press)

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