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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.

Countdown:

  • 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
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • 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].
On this day in history:
  • 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 Faces the UtahPolicy.com 'Lightning Round'
With just 60 seconds to answer as many questions as possible, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser faces the UtahPolicy.com "Lightning Round."...

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....

Herbert Approval Rating Highest in Utah, Lee and Stewart at the Bottom
Nearly 3/4 of Utahns have a positive view of Gov. Gary Herbert, putting him at the top of the heap for Utah's elected officials. On the other hand, Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Chris Stewart have some work to do....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Everybody Wants to Ditch the Caucuses...Except Conservatives
Two public opinion surveys have been released over the last several weeks, both showing substantial support for the Count My Vote citizen initiative, which would end candidates being vetted by their own political party delegates and move Utah to a direct primary system....

Featured Items

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....

Leonardo After Hours Presents: All Choked Up
As Utahns, the Salt Lake Valley's air quality during the winter months is something we have begrudgingly become accustomed to, and a problem to which we welcome a solution....

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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Greg Hughes: Voters should know who contributors are

Stuart Adams: Let Utah escape the Affordable Care Act

Greg Bell: USTAR is still on track for success

Rolly: Why bother with LDS statement on booze?

Editorial: 'Dark money' disclosure doesn't limit free speech

Moving Draper prison seems to be in the cards

Utah forms new economic club

Utah lawmakers rake in cash before Legislature begins

Legislature likely to try to prevent future Swallow scandals

Utahns want tighter rules on payday loans

How does Utah's bad air hurt our health?

Deseret News

Pignanelli and Webb: Foggy weather and inversion herald legislative session

John Florez: Funds for the unemployed? No thanks

Robert Bennett: Obamacare is like a 1955 Pontiac

Editorial: Utah's 2014 legislative session

Four plans in play to move Utah State Prison

Utah unemployment rate drops to 4.1 percent

Drowning in Utah's dirty air: Utah families, top elected officials search for solutions

Issues that matter to Utah families

The most economically stable states

Report: Bad air is not Utah's only environmental concern

School capacity, enrollment stand in way of '66 by 2020' goal

Other

Member of Utah County GOP suing party vice chair (Daily Herald)

Lawmakers set to open 2014 legislative session (Daily Herald)

Brad Dee: My hopes for the 2014 Legislative Session (Standard-Examiner)

Utah law change proposed for cohabitation, bigamy, polygamy (Standard-Examiner)

HD: Expect the unexpected during legislative session, lawmakers say (Standard-Examiner)

Orem lawmaker backs gas tax assessment (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmaker: My mistake on grandfather clause with Zion Curtain (Standard-Examiner)

Clearfield lawmaker moves for Vietnam vet recognition day (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Governor and Legislature need to act on Utah's smog crisis (Park Record)

National Headlines

Immigration reform battle centers on conservative Tea Party bloc (The Hill)

'If Congress doesn't act, the president will,' says top WH adviser, signaling Obama may bypass Congress (Fox News)

Sen. McConnell: GOP Will Attach Demands to Debt Ceiling Vote (Mediaite)

Arizona GOP censures McCain for 'liberal' record (Associated Press)

Investor compares U.S. wealth debate to Nazi Germany (CNN)

Court gives nuns a compromise on health care issue (Associated Press)

Anti-abortion activists march in San Francisco (Associated Press)

Top 10 Winners and Losers from Chris Christie's inauguration week (Star-Ledger)

California Drought Has Ranchers Selling Cattle (Associated Press)

Holder says no bank 'too big to indict,' more financial cases coming (Los Angeles Times)

Obama's rough 2013 prompts a new blueprint (Washington Post)





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