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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 29, 2014

Lee delivers the Tea Party response to the State of the Union. Salt Lake County could see water rationing this summer. Dueling marriage rallies at the Utah Capitol.


  • 43 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 146 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 279 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 642 days to the 2015 elections
  • 707 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1013 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • Sen. Mike Lee hits "inequality" in the Tea Party's response to the State of the Union Address [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake County Council Chair Michael Jensen says he expects dry conditions to lead to water rationing this summer [Tribune].
  • Groups on both sides of the marriage equality issue hold rallies at the State Capitol [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Utah House GOP steps up their battle to wrest control of public lands from the federal government [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • USTAR officials respond to a legislative audit that called into question a number of claims made by the organization [Tribune].
  • Legislators begin tackling Utah's education budgets [Deseret News].
  • Air quality activists give "report cards" to Utah's lawmakers [Tribune].
  • It looks like the House and Senate are at odds over possibly removing the "Zion Curtain" from restaurants [Standard-Examiner].
  • Sen. Deidre Henderson wants to enable political parties to move their conventions away from the same weekend as the LDS Church's General Conference [Daily Herald].
  • Rep. Marie Poulson tackles "revenge porn" in proposed legislation [Standard-Examiner].
  • The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control may crack down on the use of educational liquor permits [Tribune].
  • A number of groups are joining forces to figure out how best to manage the Wasatch canyons [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • Henry Clay introduced the Compromise of 1850, which admitted California into the Union as a free state, to the Senate in 1850.
  • Kansas became the 34th state in 1861.
  • President George W. Bush labeled Iraq, Iran and North Korea the "axis of evil" during his State of the Union address in 2002.
  • The Illinois Senate voted to remove Gov. Rod Bladojevich from office in 2009.

Today At Utah Policy

Utah Lawmakers Getting Serious About Wresting Control of Public Lands from Feds
Utah House Republicans are going to get serious about taking back federal lands in the state.And with the move we may be seeing a "stepping out" of a group of House Republicans under the leadership of Majority Leader Brad Dee, R-Washington Terrace....

Lee's SOTU Response Calls for an End to 'Inequality'
It's interesting to note that nearly everyone who has given the Tea Party response to the State of the Union Address has ended up seeking the Republican nomination for president - Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rand Paul.Now comes Utah Senator Mike Lee....

Recapping Obama's 2014 SOTU
Some may argue that it is not really fair or even proper to have a severely injured Army Ranger take part in a State of the Union presidential address.But President Barack Obama and many in the U.S. House Chamberon Tuesdaynight were moved to tears as the president procla...

Utah Gets Off the Schnide with FLOTUS at SOTU
During Tuesday's State of the Union Address, someone from Utah was finally invited to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during the speech....

Mayne: We Must Protect the Personal Information of Utah Voters (Video)
Sen. Karen Mayne says the state needs to do a better job protecting the personal information of Utah voters....

Sen. Jim Dabakis vs. the Utah Policy 'Lightning Round' (Video)
With 60 seconds to answer as many stupid questions as possible, Sen. Jim Dabakis plays the Utah Policy "Lightning Round."...

Dabakis Says He Sees a Need for 'Count My Vote'
Sen. Jim Dabakis says his views on "Count My Vote" are evolving....

Featured Items

More Positive Reaction to Hatch Healthcare Proposal
National Review Online and The Weekly Standard post enthusiastic reviews of Sen. Orrin Hatch's new Obamacare replacement plan....

Temperature Not the Only Thing Heating Up Southern Utah
John Cottom, president of the Industrial Brush Corp., first heard Gov. Gary Herbert speak at a time when Utah's budget needs exceeded projected revenue. As a California businessman accustomed to tax increases, Cottom was surprised when Herbert asked state agencies to cut exp...

Governor Herbert Names New Director of State and Federal Relations
Governor Gary R. Herbert has named Wesley Smith as director of state and federal relations....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah State Prison has plenty of life left in it

Editorial: Air is (literally) Utah Legislature's do-or-die issue

House tucks funding for Utah counties in farm bill

Utah liquor commission may tighten rules on booze education

Possible new tax form check-off: fight same-sex marriage

House GOP making plans to manage now-federal land

Rolly: Wayne Owens' son hopes to replace Scott Matheson's son

Jeremy Johnson case may force regulators to show their hand

Lee: Government is the problem, not the solution

Capitol is arena for dueling rallies over gay marriage

Salt Lake County Council chair expects summer water rationing

Deseret News

Bill introduced to raise freeway speed limits

Report: Utah consumers remain optimistic about economy

House GOP renews battle for public lands

Lawmakers begin work on public, higher education budgets

Obama uninterested in confronting 'inequality crisis,' Sen. Mike Lee says in tea party response

Jordan School Board approves boundary changes

Marriage, nondiscrimination bills likely on hold this year, GOP leaders say

New proposal fights poverty one family at a time

Marriage debate fills the halls of the Capitol


Marriage and anti-discrimination bills may be put on hold (Daily Herald)

Bill would avoid conventions, General Conference conflict (Daily Herald)

Brad Wilson: Clearing the air (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: A fishing compromise? (Standard-Examiner)

Layton revenge porn case draws Utah Legislature's interest (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmaker grills ATC directors about redundant programs (Standard-Examiner)

Utah lawmakers fired up about fighting the Feds for control of state land (Standard-Examiner)

House and Senate split on Zion Curtain issue (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Good Speech, Modest Agenda, Diminished Leader (National Journal)

Lee tackles 'inequality crisis' in Tea Party response (The Hill)

McMorris Rodgers shines in GOP response (The Hill)

Red state Dems seek distance from Obama after SOTU (The Hill)

State of the Union: Obama asks Congress to reverse economic inequality (Los Angeles Times)

Wendy Davis strikes back at 'lying' critics (Politico)

McCain: Arizona GOP censure may spur sixth run (Associated Press)

House passes bill to bar federal funds for abortion (NBC News)

Senate aide who killed self after child porn charges left apparent suicide note claiming sexual abuse (New York Daily News)

More implicated in nuke cheat probe (Associated Press)

California drought: 17 communities could run out of water within 60 to 120 days, state says (San Jose Mercury News)

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