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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 21, 2014

Polls a-plenty on this Tuesday! Most Utahns oppose same-sex marriage. Residents want tougher pollution controls on industry. The more people find out about "Count My Vote," the more they like what they hear.


  • 6 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 51 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 154 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 287 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 650 days to the 2015 elections
  • 715 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1021 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • Utah is asking for more time to prepare its appeal over the ruling that struck down Amendment 3 [Tribune, Deseret News]. Same-sex couples oppose the request [Deseret News].
  • The ACLU is readying to file a lawsuit against Utah over the state's decision to put same-sex marriages "on hold" [Deseret News].
  • A new poll says 57% of Utahns oppose same-sex marriage [Deseret News].
  • Another survey says 60% of Utahns support a proposed statewide non-discrimination bill that includes sexual orientation [Tribune]. Our panel of "political insiders" think that bill is DOA during the 2014 session [Utah Policy].
  • The more Utahns find out about the "Count My Vote" proposal, the more they favor direct primaries over the caucus system for nominating candidates [Utah Policy].
  • As first reported here, Utah lawmakers may be inching closer to an expansion of Medicaid [City Weekly].
  • A clear majority of Utahns would like to see tighter air pollution standards placed on business and industry [Tribune].
  • How Becky Lockhart went from newbie lawmaker to Utah's first female Speaker of the House [Daily Herald].
  • Sen. Howard Stephenson might want to spend a little less time glued to his iPad [Tribune].
  • Rep. Richard Greenwood is proposing legislation allowing for the force-feeding of some inmates in Utah's juvenile justice system [Standard-Examiner].
  • Utah's prosecutors are pushing for a re-write to the state's grand jury rules [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • King Louis XVI was sent to the guillotine for treason in 1793.
  • Lenin died in Moscow in 1924.
  • Former State Department official Alger Hiss was found guilty of perjury in 1950.
  • George Orwell passed away in London in 1950.
  • President Jimmy Carter pardoned most Vietnam War draft dodgers in 1977.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United v. FEC case, saying the government cannot restrict spending of corporations in political campaigns in 2010.

Today At Utah Policy

"Count My Vote" Sitting Pretty According to New Polling
Backers of the Count My Vote citizen initiative have conducted a new public opinion poll, and the results are clearly favorable towards the petition....

Senator Mike Lee to Deliver Tea Party Response to the State of the Union Address
Tea Party Express announced Tuesday that Senator Mike Lee of Utah will deliver the official Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union Address directly following the Republican response....

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Statewide Non-Discrimination Chances in 2014
Will the court ruling against Amendment 3 have any effect on the chances of a proposed statewide non-discrimination amendment during the 2014 Legislature?...

Support for Gay Marriage Surging in Utah? Not So Fast.
Y2 Analytics' Scott Riding urges caution about the results of the recent much-ballyhooed Salt Lake Tribune gay marriage poll, which Riding says "creates a false impression about the speed of public opinion change on the issue."...

Fast Tracking Products to Market
Among the hurdles faced by entrepreneurs as they work to bring their products to the marketplace is the need to have a working prototype to be used for consumer validation and fundraising....

Enterprise CarShare: A Local, Sustainable Transportation Alternative
Log-on. Reserve. Unlock and go. Return. Enterprise Rent-A-Car's new auto-sharing program along the Wasatch Front makes it that easy to have 24-hour access to a rental vehicle near where people live and work, while also allowing them to use mass transit as their main source o...

Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance
Last week, President Obama announced some reportedly limited reforms to National Security Agency surveillance programs....

Outlook for Utah Economy Positive in 2014
Job growth, income growth and the unemployment rate are all expected to improve this year as the Beehive State continues to outperform national economic conditions....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: LDS Church shouldn't assume 'modern' is better

Op-ed: Governor taking positive steps to clean the air

Editorial: Utahns show good sense in supporting medical marijuana

Poll: Utahns favor stricter air quality rules for industry

Rolly: Utah senator turns on iPad, tunes out audience

Utah prosecutors: State's grand jury law needs re-write

Johnson's 'War on Poverty' still a political battlefront

Planners encourage Salt Lake County annexation protest

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Are we winning or losing the War on Poverty?

Robert Bennett: Finding answers to Benghazi

Editorial: Variable speed signs are a good thing

ACLU set to announce lawsuit over state not recognizing same-sex marriages

Chaffetz calls for truth about, accountability for Benghazi attacks

Chaffetz calls for truth about, accountability for Benghazi attacks

Lawyers for polygamous Brown family preparing for state's appeal

Gay marriage finds friendly home at Sundance, but only part of the story told

Poll: Majority of Utahns against same-sex marriage and say states have the right to decide

Same-sex couples oppose state's request for more time to appeal


Lockhart: from unknown to Speaker of the House (Daily Herald)

Bill would give greater access to streams on private land (Daily Herald)

Electric vehicle bill up for review by Utah Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Roy lawmaker wants to force-feed juvenile inmates (Standard-Examiner)

Weber invites state lawmakers to 'eat and shoot' at gun range (Standard-Examiner)

Cites role as 'peacemaker' between East and West Side (Park Record)

Legislators, hospital officials discuss Medicaid expansion (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Hayden: Obama embracing surveillance structure of George W. Bush (The Hill)

Report: Another O-Care provision delayed (The Hill)

McCaul: Olympic 'threats are real' (The Hill)

Bush vets eye office as former president's image rebounds (The Hill)

Threat to hold back Hoboken Sandy aid was 'direct message' from Chris Christie, mayor says (Star-Ledger)

Obama: Pot is not more dangerous than alcohol (Associated Press)

Judge strikes down North Carolina ultrasound abortion law (CNN)

Sundance 2014: The making of the Mitt Romney documentary (Los Angeles Times)

Tech industry: Obama's NSA reforms 'insufficient' (Associated Press)

Judge strikes down photo ID requirement for Pennsylvania voters (Fox News)

Marijuana disposal boxes installed at Colorado airport (Los Angeles Times)

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