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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 30, 2014

Herbert gives his State of the State address. Lawmakers worry about the state's water supply. Bell says Utah should move ahead on Medicaid expansion.


  • 42 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 145 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 278 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 641 days to the 2015 elections
  • 706 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1012 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Gov. Gary Herbert talks economy, education and trees in his State of the State address [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • President Obama's statement that he would act on some issues without the approval of Congress has Southern Utah lawmakers worried that might mean the designation of a new national monument [KUTV].
  • A bill that grants some immunity from prosecution to people who report drug overdoses cleared the House [Tribune].
  • Sen. Todd Weiler is sponsoring legislation that aims to clarify what gifts lawmakers can accept from lobbyists [Utah Policy].
  • Lawmakers openly worry about the state's low snowpack totals during budget meetings [Deseret News].
  • Former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell says Utah should move forward on accepting Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
  • Ogden police are investigating reports of a stray bullet from a shooting range where Utah lawmakers were being hosted for a "dine and shoot" event [Standard-Examiner].
  • Rep. Patrice Arent is shooting for more transparency when it comes to campaign money [Utah Policy].
  • Rep. Mike Kennedy is sponsoring legislation to make sure students are using only the bathrooms for their gender, even if a student self-identifies as transgendered [Daily Herald].
  • Rep. Jerry Anderson has introduced a bill that would essentially decriminalize polygamy in Utah [Fox 13].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch get assurances from Attorney General Eric Holder that the feds would step in if marijuana from Colorado were to make its way to Utah [Tribune].
  • A lawsuit against Utah to force the state to recognize the marriage of same-sex couples moves to federal court [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, was born in 1882.
  • Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany in 1933.
  • Mahatma Ghandi was assassinated in 1948.
  • North Vietnamese forces launced the Tet offensive in 1968.
  • The Beatles performed in public for the final time, performing a rooftop concert in London, in 1969.
  • Iraqis voted in their first free election in 50 years in 2006.
  • Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died in 2006.

Today At Utah Policy

Bryan Schott's Political BS: 24 Hour Campaign People
Welcome to the 24/7 campaign cycle Utah.We were officially ushered into that realm on Monday with Speaker Becky Lockhart's fusillade against Gov. Gary Herbert during her opening remarks to the 2014 session....

Herbert Charts an Ambitious Course for the State
Perhaps attempting to show that he is not an inaction figure, GOP Gov. Gary Herbert gave an enthusiastic State of the State speech to Utah lawmakersWednesdaynight....

Legislation Targets 'Dark Money' Following Swallow Scandal
Half a dozen campaign and election law bills have so far been filed in the Utah House and Senate, all (and perhaps more to come) could be in some way a reaction to the John Swallow scandal.But certainly Rep. Patrice Arent'sHB294is one of them....

Greg Bell Says Utah Should Move Forward with Medicaid Expansion (Video)
Former Utah Lt. Governor Greg Bell, now President of the Utah Hospital Association, says it's the "right thing to do" for Utah to move forward with Medicaid expansion....

Legislation Aims to 'Clarify' Ethics Surrounding Lobbyist Gifts to Lawmakers
Step by tiny step over the last 20 years, Utah lawmakers have restricted the number of gifts and special events they accepted from the now-nearly-500 registered lobbyists.Now comes SB97, Sen. Todd Weiler's bill introduced into this general session that would clarify the defi...

Congressman Threatens to Throw Reporter off Balcony
This is probably not the way a politician should interact with the press....

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....

Featured Items

Weekly Survey: State of the State
What grade would you give Governor Gary Herbert's State of the State Address? Vote now....

Clear the Air Challenge awarded $25K grant by UCAIR
The Salt Lake Chamber is pleased to announce that the 2014Clear the Air Challengehas been awarded a $25,000 grant from theUtah Clean Air Partnership(UCAIR). This summer will mark the sixth year of the month-long clean air challenge....

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

Reid rejects Obama's trade power (The Hill)

A Grimm spectacle (Politico)

How Obamacare affects your bottom line (CNNMoney)

Clapper: Snowden caused 'profound damage' (BBC News)

Farm bill: Still millions for fat cats in Congress, cuts for the poor (Los Angeles Times)

The New 2016 GOP Frontrunner? (Townhall)

Complaint: Wendy Davis failed to disclose income, lobbyist ties (Watchdog)

Progress in Senate unemployment debate (Politico)

Donald Trump says he may run for governor under the right conditions (Newsday)

Fed Sticks to Guns, Tapers Further (McClatchy)

IRS customer service leaves millions of calls unanswered (Fox News)

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