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Monday, December 30, 2013
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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 30, 2014

Utah could spend $2 million defending Amendment 3. Lawmakers may crack down on payday lenders. Predictions for 2014.


  • 28 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 176 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 309 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 672 days to the 2015 elections
  • 736 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1043 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • Utah's fight to defend Amendment 3 could top $2 million [Deseret News].Gov. Gary Herbert has not yet signed off on that $2 million price tag [KSL].
  • Utah plans to seek outside legal help in their effort to stop same-sex marriages from continuing [Deseret News, Tribune]. That outside assistance may be for more than the gay marriage battle [Tribune].
  • Same-sex unions are helping to shatter records for marriages in the state [Tribune].
  • Utah will begin extending benefits to same-sex couples in the wake of the Amendment 3 ruling [Tribune].
  • Hill Air Force Base will allow same sex weddings [Tribune].
  • The lifting of the ban on same-sex marriage could boost the economy of Park City [Park Record].
  • Did Gayle Ruzicka's support of former Attorney General John Swallow play a role in Utah's poor response to the ruling allowing same-sex marriage? [Tribune]
  • An ethics complaint against Swallow with the Utah State Bar has been dismissed [Deseret News].
  • A number of lawmakers say their probe into Swallow's dealings likely would have led to his impeachment [Tribune].
  • Newly appointed Attorney General Sean Reyes talks about his priorities for the office once he's sworn in [KSL].
  • Former Rep. Brad Daw, who lost his seat in the House following a withering attack funded by payday lenders, is urging his former colleagues to crack down on the industry [Tribune].
  • Rep. Larry Wiley will propose two measures to tighten regulation on payday lenders [Tribune].
  • Sen. Aaron Osmond is drawing praise and scorn for his proposals to change Utah's compulsory education laws [Tribune].
  • Following the John Swallow scandal, will Utah be able to clean up campaign funding? [Tribune]
  • Sen. Wayne Harper plans to bring up internet sales tax again during the 2014 Legislature [Standard-Examiner].
  • Our "Political Insiders" and readers give their predictions for 2014 in Utah politics [Utah Policy].
  • Four e-cigarette shops in Bountiful are fighting a decision by the city to not renew their business licenses in 2014 which would force the stores to close [Tribune].
  • Utah Valley leaders worry the area won't have enough water to meet demand this summer [Daily Herald].
  • Utah set a one-day record for liquor sales in the state [KSL].
On this day in history:
  • British troops burned Buffalo, N.Y. in 1813
  • The United States purchased 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in the Gadsen Purchase in 1853
  • The USSR was formed in in 1922
  • California's first freeway opened in 1940
  • Iraqi citizens took to the streets to celebrate the hanging of former leader Saddam Hussein in 2006

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Local Headlines

Deseret News

Editorial: Utah has historic opportunity with vigorous defense of marriage law

Editorial: Utah leaders get serious about cleaning the air

Ethics complaint against John Swallow dismissed

Murray's mayor Dan Snarr hardly looks or acts the part of a politician

State School Board member includes Count My Vote in 2014 wish list

Too few men leads to youth violence, University of Michigan study finds

County Council to discuss proposed annexation to Holladay

Making policy personal: why education is critically important to individuals and society

New rule will spread jury service among more Utahns

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Gay marriage is latest federal encroachment on Utah values

Editorial: Legislature should take out its Swallow anger on payday lenders

Editorial: Who's graduating?

SLC brain drain: Christensen, Love and Simonsen depart

Economic development marked West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder's tenure

Bills coming to tighten regulations on payday loans

Utah Governor moves to help businesses, schools reduce emissions

Some legislators say Swallow appeared headed for impeachment

Lawmakers look at more outside help for attorney general

Park City's rock 'n roll mayor bows out

Bountiful e-cigarette shops face Jan. 1 closure

Scandalized Utah congressman believed his false war stories

7 Utah political figures who died in 2013


Mia Love thankful for chance to serve Saratoga Springs (Daily Herald)

Coalition launching campaign to combat anti-discrimination bill (Daily Herald)

Highland mayor announces LDS mission call (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Changing laws on a whim (Standard-Examiner)

Rep. Jim Nielson, of Bountiful, will not seek re-election (Standard-Examiner)

Internet sales tax issue to come up again at Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Syracuse city officials dispute discussion of new city manager (Standard-Examiner)

Tax cut proposed for Utah manufacturers (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Regulatory fights loom large (The Hill)

House GOP: Al-Qaeda was involved in Benghazi attacks (USA Today)

Elite team of NSA hackers said to 'get the ungettable' with Bond-style tactics (Christian Science Monitor)

Intel committee members say court discredited Snowden (UPI)

White House: N. Ireland peace talks at vital point (Associated Press)

Cruz in legal process to renounce Canadian citizenship (CNN)

Obama faces smattering of protests on Hawaiian vacation (Reuters)

Bill Clinton Will Preside at de Blasio's Inauguration (New York Times)

Former Indiana congressman Andrew Jacobs dies (USA Today)

On January 1, minimum wage salaries go up in 13 states, 4 cities (CNN)

Ethanol loses friends and influence as reform movement grows (CNBC)

Dry year spurs new conservation orders for 2014 (Associated Press)

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