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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 23, 2013
Utah's same sex marriage ban struck down. More Swallow revelations.
Today's Utah news highlights:
- 35 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
- 183 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 316 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 680 days to the 2015 elections
- 743 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 1051 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- A federal judge creates legal chaos by ruling Utah's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional [Tribune].
- In the wake of the ruling, hundreds of same-sex couples descend on the Salt Lake County Clerk's office to get marriage licenses [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Here's a profile of Judge Robert J. Shelby whose ruling made same-sex marriage legal in Utah [Tribune].
- Dueling editorials about the ruling: The Salt Lake Tribune hails the decision while the Deseret News calls the ruling "judicial tyranny."
- Utah was denied a stay in the judges ruling over the weekend, but will try again on Monday morning [Talking Points Memo,Tribune].
- The Weber County Clerk's office announced they would issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Saturday but had to scrap that plan due to logistical concerns [Tribune].
- More revelations from the John Swallow probe show a number of political donations he took may have broken state law [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Some lawmakers want the House investigation into Swallow to continue after learning about the latest batch of shocking findings [Tribune].
- Rep. Paul Ray proposes a bill to put sheriffs in charge of countywide emergencies [Tribune].
- Ray says he's considering a run for Davis County Commission in 2014 [Standard-Examiner].
- Utah Republican leaders decide they won't bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention [Deseret News].
- Will Jim Matheson leave politics, or is a run for a statewide office in his political future [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- Matheson was holding fundraisers just days before his announcement he would not run for re-election in 2014 [Tribune].
- Rep. Becky Edwards meets with officials for a North Salt Lake medical waste incinerator hoping to come up with a solution for the facility and its neighbors [Standard-Examiner].
- Utah officials hope to build on increased attendance at state parks that resulted from the 16-day government shutdown [KSL].
- A Riverdale candidate who was disqualified after winning a seat on the city council for failing to file a campaign finance disclosure has filed suit challenging the decision [Standard-Examiner].
- George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army in 1783
- Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area to create Washington, D.C. in 1788
- The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" was first published in 1823
- President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the Federal Reserve System in 1913
- The government announced the first suspected (later confirmed) case of mad cow disease in the United States in 2003
Today At Utah Policy
|Why the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Shouldn't Matter|
In a stunning development, Utah - Mormon enclave, bastion of Conservative values, Red State writ large - joined a growing number of states whose courts have struck down prohibitions against same-sex marriage. And I couldn't care less. ...
|Study: Raising Minimum Wage Would Create Jobs|
A new study from the Economic Policy Institute says hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the economy so much that it would add 85,000 new jobs to the economy.The Huffington Post breaks down the analysis, which finds raising the minimum wage would pump about...
|Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Jim Matheson's Political Future|
Rep. Jim Matheson shocked the Utah political community by announcing he would not run for re-election in 2014. We asked our Political Insiders and readers if they thought Matheson was done with politics.Selected anonymous comments:"Herbert has an 80% approval rating. Lee has...
|WSU Students Build a Firefighting UAV|
In response to events like the tragic June 30 Yarnell, Ariz. wildfire which claimed the life of 19 firefighters, awareness of the need for improved communications in wilderness firefighting scenarios has been raised. The USTAR-supported Utah Center for Applied Innovation and...
|Deadline? What Deadline? The Obamacare Sign-up Dates Keep Moving|
You aren't alone if you're confused about the deadline to sign up for coverage on the health insurance marketplaces. The deadline is - and has been - in flux.When the process began in October, consumers using HealthCare.gov, the federal marketplace for 36 states, had until D...
Editorial: Judicial tyranny
Editorial: Utah's economy has made an impressive recovery
Former Attorney General John Swallow hid donations from payday loan industry, investigators say
Survey shows Utah residents willing to do their part to improve air quality
Are Utahn's solar projects just pie in the sky? Claims raise questions in Millard County, elsewhere
University Mall project upsets neighbors, pleases mayor
Court ruling has created 'chaotic situation,' Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says
New solar projects in Utah, nation poised to come online
Salt Lake not bidding for 2016 GOP Convention
Appeals court denies stay on same-sex marriage ruling pending hearing Monday
Salt Lake Tribune
Rolly: Matheson still has a campaign war chest
Op-ed: Tobacco tax won't sustain early education
Editorial: Voters take some blame for Swallow legacy
Utah groups move to block Holly refinery expansion
After latest Swallow dirt, some Utah lawmakers want to keep digging
More Swallow revelations: pay to play, hidden donations
Bill to expand Utah sheriffs' power draw concerns
Salt Lake City wants a transit system that works for everyone
Scientists tackle Utah's particulate pollution puzzle
Utah tries again Monday to halt same-sex marriages
Swallow weaves complex web (Daily Herald)
Provo mayor says 2013 most productive year to date (Daily Herald)
Utah's teacher pay hits 33-year high (Daily Herald)
Utah bill promoting sheriffs' power draws grumbling from cities (Standard-Examiner)
Legislator downplays minor accident with UTA bus (Standard-Examiner)
Ray contemplates Davis County Commission run (Standard-Examiner)
Ballooning sheriff's costs shock smaller Weber cities (Standard-Examiner)
'Uniting the Wasatch' talks transportation, environmental solutions (Park Record)
Mixed Messages Add Anxiety as Deadline Nears in Health Act (New York Times)
Democrats seek to puncture Christie (The Hill)
Baucus exit jolts race for Senate (The Hill)
Is US losing global influence? (The Hill)
Manchin: Obamacare could face a 'meltdown' (MSNBC)
He might be back: Huckabee eyeing White House run (Associated Press)
Hill lawmakers battle over future of NSA spying, in wake of White House report (Fox News)
Obama Seen Rescued From 'Near-Death' Year by Growing Economy (Bloomberg)
Economic growth picks up the pace (McClatchy Newspapers)
New Rule May Exempt Many From Health Plan Penalty (HealthDay)
Dow, S&P 500 hit new records on strong GDP growth (AFP)