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Friday, January 3, 2014

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 3, 2014
Allegations that John Swallow's campaign filed fake tax documents. Officials say two Utahns have died from influenza. Some big Utah businesses missed paying their property taxes on time.


  • 24 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 172 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 305 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 668 days to the 2015 elections
  • 732 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1039 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • Newly unsealed search warrants allege John Swallow's campaign filed false tax information to skirt IRS rules [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A lawsuit filed against the state and LDS church using the names of a lesbian couple without their permission has been closed [Tribune].
  • Rep. Paul Ray plans legislation to protect consumers who solicit free credit score information [Standard-Examiner].
  • Both Ray and Sen. Curt Bramble will run measures addressing how law enforcement can deal with people who are openly carrying firearms in public places [Standard-Examiner].
  • Utah has the lowest percentage of residents who are eligible to vote in any state [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County officials confirm two people have died from influenza [Deseret News].
  • West Valley City readies to swear in new mayor Ron Bigelow and three members of the city council next week [Deseret News].
  • A number of high-profile businesses in Utah did not pay their property taxes on time [Tribune].
  • Road construction will slow travel between St. George and Las Vegas beginning next week [Tribune].
  • Evergreen International, a group that advocated reparative therapy for gays and lesbians, is shutting down [Tribune].
  • Utah earns a cash bonus for enrolling children in health care programs [Deseret News].
  • Utah spent $12 million marketing the state last year, which translated to $7.4 billion in tourism spending. Officials plan to ask the legislature for more money this year [Tribune].
  • Utah's poor air quality is prompting many residents to start wearing masks [KSL].
  • A Utah man is on a hunger strike to protest same-sex marriage in the state [ABC 4].
On this day in history:
  • George Washington defeated Cornwallis's forces at the Battle of Princeton in 1777.
  • Congress was televised for the first time in 1947.
  • Sir Edmund Hillary reached the South Pole in 1958.
  • Alaska became the 49th state in 1959.
  • Apple Computer was incorporated in 1977.
  • Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces in 1990.
  • NASA's Mars rover, "Spirit," landed on Mars in 2004.

Local Headlines

Deseret News

Op-ed: Same-sex marriage will likely be reversed

Jay Evensen: Political sarcasm and sport keep us from finding solutions

Editorial: Expanding jury duty pool is a good thing

West Valley mayor, councilmen to take office

New mayors prepare to take office

Utah earns 2nd cash bonus for enrolling children in health care

Swallow campaign filed fake tax papers, new warrants show

Court ruling on gay marriage opens door to same-sex divorce in Utah

Salt Lake Tribune

GOED trying to promote all aspects of Utah

After a slight dip, Utah homicides up in 2013

Hoax case filed by Salt Lake attorney without lesbian couple's permission is closed

Utah ranks last in percentage of residents eligible to vote

Paul Rolly: Cottonwood Heights trades one problem for another

Swallow campaign filed fake tax papers, new warrants show


Ray bill addresses credit score 'rip-off' (Standard-Examiner)

Hero of 'state sovereignty' movement to speak in Highland (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

NYT calls for Snowden clemency (The Hill)

Eleven attorneys general slam Obama healthcare fixes as illegal (The Hill)

Are the Clintons using de Blasio to woo progressives? (MSNBC)

Family mistakenly gets Christmas gift from Obamas (Detroit Free Press)

The Snowden Obama Amnesty Double Standard (MSNBC)

Americans for Prosperity building La. chapter (Associated Press)

In the Buckeye State, the Tea Party Bucks the Establishment Republican Governor (Daily Beast)

Poll: Americans have little faith in government (Associated Press)

Senate Democrats plan fast-track fix to reinstate lost unemployment benefits (Guardian)

Obama Contraceptive Mandate Slowed by Nuns at U.S. High Court (Bloomberg)

Answers to 5 questions about legalized pot in Colorado (USA Today)

Weekly US unemployment benefit claims fall to 339,000 (Associated Press)

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