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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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.
Today's Utah news highlights:
- 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
On this day in history:
- 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].
- 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
|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...
|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....
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