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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 22, 2014

Utah gets an extension in their appeal of the Amendment 3 case. The ACLU sues Utah on behalf of same-sex couples. The LDS Church says don't change Utah's liquor laws.


  • 5 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 50 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 153 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 286 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 649 days to the 2015 elections
  • 714 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1020 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • The 10th Circuit court gives Utah a 7-day extension to prepare it's appeal of a ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage [Deseret News].
  • The Utah ACLU launches a lawsuit against the state over the decision to put already performed same-sex marriages "on hold" pending appeal [Tribune].
  • The battle over Utah's ban on same-sex marriage could set a precedent for similar court cases around the country [Tribune].
  • Another poll shows overwhelming support for a statewide anti-discrimination law based on sexual orientation [Deseret News].
  • The LDS Church says there's no need to further alter Utah's liquor laws during the 2014 session [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Rep. Ryan Wilcox will sponsor legislation to get rid of the so-called "Zion Curtain" in restaurants [Standard-Examiner].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart officially launches his bid for another term in Congress [Tribune].
  • Sen. Todd Weiler says the 2014 legislative session will be just like the 2013 edition [Utah Policy]. He also faces the "lightning round" [Utah Policy].
  • Utah's Democrats lay out their agenda for the upcoming legislative session [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Enid Mickelsen will head up the committee that will select the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention [Utah Policy].
  • Gov. Herbert names State School Board member Tami Pyfer as his education advisor [Utah Policy].
  • The number of traffic fatalities on Utah roads last year rose slightly, mostly because drivers failed to wear seat belts [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • England's Queen Victoria died after being on the throne for 63 years in 1901.
  • During World War II, allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy in 1944.
  • Former President Lyndon B. Johnson passed away at the age of 64 in 1973.
  • The Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade in 1973.
  • Madeline Albright was confirmed as the first female secretary of state in 1997.
  • Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty to being the Unabomber in 1998.

Today At Utah Policy

Sen. Todd Weiler Plays the 'Lightning Round' (Video)
With 60 seconds to answer as many questions as he can, Republican Senator Todd Weiler faces the "Lightning Round"!...

Sen. Todd Weiler Discusses the Upcoming 2014 Legislative Session (Video)
Sen. Todd Weiler says the 2014 Legislature will be 2013 redux....

Utah's Democrats Having Difficulty Finding a Candidate to Replace Matheson
Ever since Rep. Jim Matheson shocked the Utah political universe by announcing he will not run for re-election in 2014, Utah Democrats have been scrambling to find a replacement in Utah's 4th Congressional District....

Could Mia Love Give the GOP's SOTU Response?
Fresh off the news that Sen. Mike Lee has been tapped to deliver the Tea Party response to the State of the Union, now there's speculation that Congressional candidate Mia Love could do the official GOP response to the address....

'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

Enid Mickelsen Named Chairman of the RNC Convention Site Selection Committee
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today named National Committeewoman and former Congresswoman Enid Mickelsen Chairman of the 2016 Republican National Convention Site Selection Committee....

Governor Names Pyfer New Education Advisor
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has named Tami Pyfer as his education advisor....

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?...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rep. Chris Stewart announces re-election bid

Utah student protests increasing tuition with suitcase of singles

Utah's Mike Lee to give tea party response to State of the Union

Utah ACLU sues state over treatment of same-sex couples

Poll: 60 percent of Utahns support LGBT anti-bias bill

Salt Lake County Council votes for a closer look at Olympus Hills annexation

Democrats have ambitious agenda for legislative session

LDS Church: Don't change Utah's liquor laws

Utah gay marriage case could be precedent-setting

Deseret News

Op-ed: Judge Shelby's ruling does not change our view of traditional marriage

Richard Davis: Reforming Utah's caucus system would help education

Editorial: Salt Lake County mayor's annual report was a winner

Sen. Mike Lee to deliver tea party response to State of the Union

Utah's air quality: Tracking the pollutants and cleaning them up

Excellence in education is up, but challenges persist

State School Board chairwoman named Herbert's education adviser

Rep. Chris Stewart seeking re-election in Utah's 2nd Congressional District

Same-sex couples suing Utah for recognition of their marriages

'United' Utah Democrats share vision for 2014 Legislature

10th Circuit gives Utah seven more days to file appeal on same-sex marriage ruling

Poll: Utahns favor nondiscrimination laws in employment, housing

LDS Church says Utah alcohol laws benefit all residents


Lee to give Tea Party response to State of the Union (Daily Herald)

LDS Church: Existing Utah alcohol laws beneficial (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Can Layton evolve? (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Curb voter information flow (Standard-Examiner)

North Ogden legislator revives Utah 'Zion Curtain' bill (Standard-Examiner)

N. Ogden legislator lobbies for nuclear test ban treaty (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

55 Million Babies Killed Since Roe v. Wade (LifeNews)

Rubio: 2016 decision will come in 2015 (The Hill)

Ex-Va. governor McDonnell, wife charged in gift scandal (USA Today)

Gov. Christie takes oath, compares New Jersey to D.C. (USA Today)

Supreme Court Hears Union-Fee Challenge (Wall Street Journal)

Bill Gates predicts almost no poor countries left by 2035 (Los Angeles Times)

U.S. Senator Vitter to run for Louisiana governor (Reuters)

Neel Kashkari, ex-Treasury official, running for California governor (Los Angeles Times)

Black GOP senator compared to ventriloquist's dummy (USA Today)

Big loss for 'Washington Post': Ezra Klein exits (USA Today)

Yellen favors gender-neutral title of Fed 'chair' (Associated Press)

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