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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 24, 2013

Same-sex marriage allowed to continue in Utah after judge refuses stay. Sean Reyes named new Utah Attorney General.


  • 34 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 182 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 315 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 679 days to the 2015 elections
  • 742 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1050 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • Judge Robert Shelby refuses to issue a stay for his decision striking down Utah's Amendment 3 as unconstitutional, allowing same-sex marriage to continue [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson defies Judge Shelby's order and refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until he gets clarification from the state [Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • The Utah State Tax Commission is studying whether newly wed same-sex couples will be able to file joint tax returns next year [Tribune].
  • Political insiders on both sides of the aisle say Judge Shelby's ruling will ultimately be upheld on appeal [Utah Policy].
  • Officials say about 700 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples in Utah since Judge Shelby's ruling on Friday [Deseret News].
  • More than 1,000 members of the LGBT community celebrate marriage equality in Utah with a rally in downtown Salt Lake City [KSL].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert taps Sean Reyes as Utahns next Attorney General [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Early ridership numbers for the new Sugar House Streetcar are far below what officials were expecting [Tribune].

On this day in history:
  • The war of 1812 officially ended in 1814
  • A fire ripped through the Library of Congress destroying about 35,000 volumes in 1851
  • The Ku Klux Klan was formed in Tennessee in 1865
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe in 1943
  • President George Bush pardoned former defense secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal

Today At Utah Policy

Bernick and Schott on Politics: The Top Utah Political Stories of 2013 - #3
A group of leading Republicans and Democrats launch an effort to fundamentally change the way political parties pick candidates.The "Count My Vote" citizen's initiative effort is Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott's #3 Utah political news story of 2013....

Herbert Names Reyes to Replace Swallow
Gov. Gary Herbert has tapped Sean Reyes as the replacement for former Attorney General John Swallow....

Americans Favor a $10 Minimum Wage
A recent Wall Street Journal poll showed a surprisingly high number of Americans support hiking the federal minimum wage to $10 per hour.Mother Jones' Kevin Drum took note that 63% say they either "strongly" or "somewhat" favor raising the minimum wage north of $10.So 63 per...

Nearly 3/4 of Americans Say 'Big Government' is the Greatest Threat
A new survey shows an overwhelming number of Americans (72%) say "big government" is the greatest threat facing the U.S. in the future....

Bernick and Schott on Politics: The Top Utah Political Stories of 2013 - #4
Sen. Mike Lee helps to lead a 16-day shutdown of the federal government and his approval ratings back home go into the toilet because of it. Meanwhile, Gov. Gary Herbert "loans" the feds money to re-open Utah's national parks.Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott continue their count...

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Amendment 3 Struck Down
Now that a federal judge has struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, we asked our Political Insiders and readers what they thought the ultimate outcome of the court fight would be....

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