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Monday, January 6, 2014

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 6, 2014
Same-sex marriage opponents call for Utah to ignore the ruling striking down Amendment 3. Utah lawmakers join other states in calling for a Constitutional Convention.


  • 21 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 169 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 302 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 665 days to the 2015 elections
  • 729 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1036 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah News highlights:
  • The plaintifs in the Amendment 3 case say granting Utah a stay to stop same-sex marriage would harm same-sex couples [Tribune].
  • Rep. Merrill Nelson says the ruling allowing same-sex marriage in Utah will eventually be overturned [Deseret News].
  • Opponents of same-sex marriage say the Legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert should ignore the ruling striking down Amendment 3 [Deseret News].
  • Weber State University begins offering benefits to same-sex couples [Standard-Examiner].
  • State officials don't expect Utah to become a destination for same-sex couples seeking to get married [Tribune].
  • Mark Shurtleff and Jason Powers deny allegations made against them in recently unsealed warrants [KUTV].
  • Sen. Todd Weiler talks more about his proposal to make the Attorney General's office appointed rather than elected [KUTV].
  • Senate President Wayne Niderhauser and Rep. Ken Ivory plan to push for Utah to join other states in calling for a Constitutional Convention [Standard-Examiner].
  • Rep. Gage Froerer is proposing a constitutional change to allow for recall elections for statewide officials, but not members of the Legislature [KUTV].
  • A Utah law allowing prosecutors to get phone and internet records in suspected child-pornography cases without the approval of a judge is not being implemented in the way it was intended [Tribune].
  • A number of newly-elected officials are set to take office this week across Utah [Tribune].
  • New blood on the Layton City Council may lead to a stalemate on a number of development projects [Standard-Examiner].
  • Utah's 2014 elections aren't expected to feature a lot of drama [Deseret News].
  • Environmental advocates say a permit granted to Kennecott Utah Copper for a rock crushing facility should be revoked because the impacts the business would have on the environment haven't been fully examined [Tribune].
  • Some clean air advocates say school-age children should stay inside even on moderate pollution days [Standard-Examiner].
  • State officials say Utah's air quality, while bad, is not as horrible as it was 20 years ago [Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake County Councilman Charlie Luke wants the state to ban the use of fireworks on "red" air quality days [Fox 13].
  • The Ogden City Council may abandon an informal straw poll they've been using to select leadership positions on the council because it might violate Utah's open meetings laws [Standard-Examiner].
  • Utah's economy looks to be in good shape heading into 2014 [Tribune].
  • The number of suicides among inmates in Utah jails is on the rise [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • George Washington married Martha Custis in 1759.
  • New Mexico became the 47th state in 1912.
  • Former president Theodore Roosevelt died in 1919.
  • Year-round daylight saving time began in the U.S. on a trial basis in response to the OPEC oil embargo in 1974.
  • The U.S. Senate voted 88-4 to hold public hearings into the Iran-Contra affair in 1987.
  • Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the leg by to men including the husband of her rival Tonya Harding in 1994.

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Local Headlines

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Examining the repercussions of Judge Shelby's decision

Op-ed: Being for traditional marriage does not mean being against anyone

Editorial: It's time to end the federal gas tax

Common Core reading lists showcase some controversial picks

Opting out of the Common Core

Even with Mia Love, Sean Reyes races, Count My Vote may be only surprise on November ballot

Part-time mayor faces full-time job

Former Arizona sheriff blasts ruling that allows gay marriage in Utah

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: At-risk ROTC program may move to charter school

Op-ed: Utah has education role model in Massachusetts

Op-ed: Medicaid expansion proper role of government

Op-ed: Illegitimate and wrong marriage rulings

In Utah, excuses abound for delinquent property taxes

Newly elected city officials to take oaths of office

Plans to move Jordan school boundaries rile some parents

The mayor with the amazing mustache moves on

Analysis: State's subpoenas rarely reflect sense of 'urgent' action


Two Utah legislators advocate federal Constitutional Convention (Standard-Examiner)

School standards a Utah hot potato (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Lawyer: Nuns' case 'exceptionally important' (The Hill)

Battle over jobless benefits will consume start of 2014 (The Hill)

Record-Low Temperatures Set to Fall Across US (ABC News)

Barack Obama flies back to Washington - without Michelle (AFP)

Romney accepts apology from MSNBC host (Associated Press)

Senators Differ Sharply on Penalty for Snowden (New York Times)

Paige Kreegel files paperwork to run for Trey Radel's seat (Sunshine State News)

Michelle Obama celebrates 50th birthday in Hawaii as US shivers (Telegraph)

Just three pull-ups: Too many for women in the Marine Corps? (Christian Science Monitor)

Barbara Bush discharged from hospital on eve of 69th wedding anniversary (Culture Map)

Boeing workers approve 8-year contract for 777X production in Seattle hub (Gant Daily)

Retreating U.S. stimulus poses risk to world recovery (Reuters)

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