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Monday, January 27, 2014
What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 27, 2014
The 2014 Legislature gets underway. Utahns rally for clean air. Wayne Owens' son jumps into politics.
Today's Utah news highlights:
- Today is the first day of the 2014 Legislature
- 45 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
- 148 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 281 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 644 days to the 2015 elections
- 709 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 1015 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- Thousands of residents rally at the state capitol urging lawmakers to do something about the state's air quality problems [Tribune].
- Possibly hiking the gas tax will be on the agenda for lawmakers as they get down to business today [Deseret News].
- A number of measures in reaction to the John Swallow scandal will be in play during the 2014 Legislature [Tribune].
- Utahns favor tighter regulations for payday lenders [Tribune].
- Rep. Jerry Anderson moves to de-criminalize cohabitation [Standard-Examiner].
- Rep. Brad Dee lays out his priorities for the 2014 session [Standard-Examiner].
- Lawmakers race to raise money ahead of the 2014 legislative session [Tribune].
- Utah's plan to increase education performance is running into the reality of finances and school capacity [Deseret News].
- It's looking more and more likely a plan to move the state prison from Draper will come to fruition [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Gov. Gary Herbert's approval rating is hovering around 75% while Sen. Mike Lee is still below 50% [Utah Policy].
- The company operating a medical incinerator in North Salt Lake says they are planning to move the facility to Tooele County [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Doug Owens, son of the late Congressman Wayne Owens, is jumping into the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District [Utah Policy].
- Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff sits down for a lengthy interview on a number of topics [Salt City Throwdown].
- So very weird. A member of the Utah County Republican Party is suing the party's vice chair for statements he made about her during party meetings [Daily Herald].
- Thomas Edison was granted a patent for his incandescent lamp in 1880.
- Russian forces liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945.
- The U.S. Air Force began atomic testing in the Nevada desert in 1951.
- The Vietnam War peace accords were signed in Paris in 1973.
- First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said allegations against her husband were part of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" in 1998.
- Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPad tablet in 2010.
- J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye," passed away in 2010.
Today At Utah Policy
|Another Owens Jumps into Utah Politics|
Replace one moderate Democrat with a great Utah political name with another moderate Democrat with an equally great Utah political name?Doug Owens hopes Democrats and Republicans alike in the 4thCongressional District see the wisdom in such a move....
|Sen. Wayne Niederhauser Previews the 2014 Session (Video)|
Sen. President Wayne Niederhauser talks about the 2014 Utah Legislature which gavels into session on Monday morning.He sits down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss a number of issues facing lawmakers as they get back to work....
|Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Top Issues for 2014 Legislature|
We asked our "Political Insiders" to weigh in on what lawmakers should be dealing with during the 2014 session, which gavels into existence on Monday morning.Tops for both groups were education funding and air quality, but the priorities varied wildly after that....
|Utah Unemployment Rate Drops Again|
Utah's unemployment rate dropped again over December, now measuring 4.1 percent, far below the national average of 6.7 percent. The Utah economy added 22,500 jobs over the last year, and is on track for continued steady growth through 2014....
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