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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 18, 2013
Today's Utah news highlights:
- 40 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
- 188 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 321 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 685 days to the 2015 elections
- 749 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 1056 days to the 2016 presidential election
- Rep. Jim Matheson drops a bomb on Utah politics, announcing he will not run for re-election in 2014 [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, City Weekly].
- Bob Bernick says Matheson's decision to step away from Congress makes a lot of sense [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Orrin Hatch votes in favor of a two-year budget compromise while Sen. Mike Lee votes against the measure [Tribune].
- An August 2012 fundraiser for former Attorney General John Swallow is raising a number of questions after a couple changed how much they donated to Swallow on financial disclosure forms [City Weekly].
- Utah's economy got walloped by the recession, but the state has posted the third-best recovery in the nation [Deseret News].
- Rep. Jeremy Peterson says Weber County's economy is so dependent on the federal government that gridlock in Washington is a very real threat [Standard-Examiner].
- Sen. Todd Weiler claims a UTA bus sideswiped him on Tuesday but did not stop after the accident [Tribune].
- Utah County Republican chairman Casey Voeks is heading up an effort to boycott the Megaplex Theaters for allowing Count My Vote signature gatherers to set up tables in their lobbies [Tribune].
- Weber County Commissioners are split over a proposed resolution supporting the "Count My Vote" initiative [Standard-Examiner].
- Lawmakers meet with the Layton City Council to hear that group's priorities for the upcoming legislative session [Standard-Examiner].
- Clean air advocates are up in arms over an award given to an attorney with the Department of Environmental Quality who defended the DEQ against lawsuits over permits granted to oil refineries and a power plant [City Weekly].
- The Salt Lake County Council will soon consider proposals to impose some restrictions on urban farming and food production [Tribune].
- Utah's high school graduation rate jumps three points over the last year [Tribune].
- A new report says Utah may not be prepared to combat a major disease outbreak [ABC 4].
- Utah officials and Chevron draft a $5.35 million settlement for a fuel spill in Willard Bay [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- New Jersey became the third state to ratify the Constitution in 1787
- The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in 1865
- Adolf Hitler ordered secret preparations for Nazi Germany to invade the Soviet Union in 1940
- The British Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder in 1969
- Rev. Jesse Jackson announced the founding of Operation PUSH in 1971
- The U.S. House debated articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton
- George W. Bush was officially elected president in the Electoral College balloting that had been delayed because of the disputed election in Florida in 2000
- W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second in command, officially revealed himself as "Deep Throat" in the Watergate scandal in 2008
- The final convoy of U.S. troops left Iraq, officially ending that war in 2011
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