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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 7, 2014

The Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage in Utah. Polling show Gov. Herbert is in good shape ahead of 2016.


  • 20 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 168 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 301 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 664 days to the 2015 elections
  • 728 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1035 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • The U.S. Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage in Utah pending the state's appeal [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A leaked poll shows Gov. Gary Herbert is in good shape if he plans to run for another term in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is readying his "State of the City" address [Deseret News].
  • Here comes another fight over a proposed convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • Ron Bigelow takes the oath of office as West Valley City's new mayor [Tribune].
  • New members of the Salt Lake City Council are sworn in [Tribune].
  • Sen. Howard Stephenson wants to set limits on the use of aerial drones in the state [Standard-Examiner].
  • Very few lawmakers have started sharing their emails on a new site set up for lawmakers to do just that [Daily Herald].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop says the government needs to stop cutting defense spending [Standard-Examiner].
  • Former Lt. Governor Greg Bell is named the new chair of USTAR [Tribune].
  • The Utah State prison has entirely banned smoking among all inmates [Tribune].
  • A judge denies a reduction in bail for Mark Shurtleff's "fixer" Tim Lawson [Tribune].
  • The massive land slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon mine caused 16 earthquakes [Deseret News,Tribune].
  • A meeting to accept public comment on the proposed relocation of the prison is set for Jan. 16 [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • America held it's first presidential election in 1789.
  • The 13th president, Millard Fillmore, was born in 1800.
  • George C. Marshall resigned as U.S. Secretary of State; President Harry Truman nominated Dean Acheson to succeed him in 1949.
  • President Truman announced the U.S. had developed the hydrogen bomb in 1953.
  • The impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton began in 1999.

Today At Utah Policy

Herbert Sitting Pretty Ahead of 2016...But It's Still Early
Longtime Utah pollster Dan Jones has conducted four polls over the last several months all aimed at measuring Utah voters and state Republican delegates.In a UtahPolicy interview, Jones said he couldn't name who paid for the surveys....

'Sentimental' Movies Can Make Viewers More Liberal
Bet you didn't know watching sentimental movies can shape your political views....

Matheson's Retirement Basically 'Cedes Seat' to Republicans
Jim Matheson's retirement from Congress will almost certainly hand Utah's 4th Congressional District seat to the GOP....

Does Mike Lee Favor War With Iran?
Sen. Mike Lee is raising some eyebrows with his pledge to co-sponsor a measure that many say would destroy diplomatic relations with Iran....

SCOTUS Stops Same-Sex Marriage in Utah
The Supreme Court has issued a stay in the Amendment 3 case, meaning marriage licenses can, at least temporarily, no longer be issued to same-sex couples in Utah....

Wisconsin Lawmaker Wants to Do Away With Mandatory Day Off for Workers
A lawmaker in Wisconsin wants to do away with a state law mandating workers get at least one day off per week....

Featured Items

USTAR Gets New Leadership
Gov. Gary Herbert has announced the appointment of former Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell as chair of the Utah Science Technology and Research Governing Authority....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: The Cost of Defending Amendment 3
We asked our Political Insiders and readers whether the estimated $2 million price tag for defending Amendment 3 in court was worth it. Read on for the results and their anonymous comments....

Local Headlines

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: What to expect in 2014

U.S. Supreme Court puts same-sex marriage in Utah on hold

Four Salt Lake City Council members sworn into office

West Valley City elected officials take oath of office

Alleged 'fixer' for Mark Shurtleff hires new attorney to defend him

Is Salt Lake convention hotel a boon or bust for hotels, convention industry?

Mitt Romney, Glenn Beck respond to MSNBC anchor's emotional apology

Supreme Court stay on marriage shows desire for slower process

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah 2014 economy looks rosy with jobs, real estate growth

Supreme Court halts Utah gay marriages pending appeal

Air quality advocates: Utah should rethink Kennecott rock crushing plant

Bell appointed as USTAR chair; director resigns

Horse carriage debate headed back to Salt Lake City Hall

West Valley City's new mayor takes oath, pledges openness

Another fight looms over convention center hotel

Same-sex couples denied Utah marriage licenses in court order's wake


Expect lawmakers to publish emails carefully (Daily Herald)

New Orem leaders encouraged to disagree, not be disagreeable (Daily Herald)

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

Rob Bishop: Stopping more cuts to defense (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Icy weather threatens oil output from Texas to North Dakota (Reuters)

White House defends Iraq strategy (The Hill)

Administration offers no O-Care age data (The Hill)

Senate confirms Yellen at Fed (The Hill)

Senate delays test vote on unemployment insurance extension (CNN)

Judge rules Chicago ban on gun sales is unconstitutional (Reuters)

Group Unveils Satan Statue Design for Oklahoma (ABC News)

Liz Cheney Drops Bid to Unseat Wyoming Sen. Enzi (ABC News)

Pro-Hillary Clinton group courts NH politicians (Associated Press)

More than 250,000 and counting join Rand Paul in class-action lawsuit against NSA (Times Leader)

Letter From Gracie Mansion: The New Mayor Meets His City (WBAA)

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