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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - December 31, 2013
Reyes sworn in as Attorney General. 10th Circuit sets expedited schedule for Amendment 3 appeal. Utah's population hits 2.9 million.


  • 27 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 175 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 308 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 671 days to the 2015 elections
  • 735 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1042 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • Sean Reyes is sworn in as Utah's next Attorney General [Tribune].
  • Reyes says the estimated $2 million price tag for Utah to defend Amendment 3 in court is worth it [Tribune].
  • The 10th Circuit Court sets an expedited schedule for the state's appeal of the ruling striking down Amendment 3 [Deseret News].
  • Lawmakers will consider another constitutional amendment on marriage during the 2014 Legislative Session [Tribune].
  • Sen. Jim Dabakis opines Utah's continued fight against same-sex marriage will damage the state's economy [Tribune].
  • Utah's population hits 2.9 million as Census numbers peg the state's population as the second-fastest growing [Tribune].
  • Utah loses out to Nevada as one of six test sites for unmanned aerial drones [Tribune].
  • Bountiful gives four e-cigarette retailers they had ordered to close a one-year reprieve [Tribune].
  • Parents are upset with the Jordan School District's plans to change school boundaries in order to deal with population growth [Deseret News].
  • Flu season is hitting Utah. About 170 people have been hospitalized so far [KSL].
This day in history:
  • President Abraham Lincoln signed an enabling act which set the stage for the Virginia's western counties to become the state of West Virginia in 1862
  • Thomas Edison gave the first public demonstration of an electric incandescent lamp in 1879
  • President Harry Truman officially declared the end of hostilities in World War II in 1946
  • The Marshall Plan expired after providing more than $12 billion in foreign aid in 1951

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Local Headlines

Deseret News

Kraig Powell: Shelby's unfair, unnecessary overreach can only serve to further exacerbate political tensions

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Politicians make their resolutions for a quiet 2014

Bountiful e-cigarette stores given more time to relocate

S.L. County Council votes to protest Holladay annexation

Parents not satisfied with Jordan School District boundary plans

Utah's chemical weapons incinerator to be demolished

10th Circuit sets 'expedited' schedule for appeal of Amendment 3

Attorney General Sean Reyes takes oath, poised to appeal gay marriage ruling

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Herbert's air quality plan is too friendly

Utah population hits 2.9 million as second-fastest growing state

Another Utah amendment on marriage coming

Bountiful gives 1-year reprieve to e-cigarette stores

New Utah AG says costs of defending same-sex marriage ban worth it

Reyes tackles tall tasks as Utah's new attorney general


Epic Google Fiber announcement #2 story of the year (Daily Herald)

Will LDS bishops be forced to perform same-sex marriages? (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Swallow case should not end (Standard-Examiner)

Bountiful gives e-cigarette retailers another year to remain open (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Howard Dean: Mandate to hurt Democrats (The Hill)

High-level ObamaCare official steps down (The Hill)

ACLU sues for details of U.S. surveillance under executive order (Reuters)

The NSA Reportedly Has Total Access To The Apple iPhone (Forbes)

Census Bureau Projects New Year's Day Population (NBC News)

33 cops killed by gunfire in 2013, the lowest number since 1887 (Los Angeles Times)

Ted Cruz unapologetic for confrontational first year in the Senate (Dallas Morning News)

Debate rages over disputed al Qaeda link to Benghazi attack (CBS News)

High tourist numbers expected as US states Colorado and Washington legalise recreational marijuana (Sydney Morning Herald)

Legal Pot Sales Begin Amid Uncertainty in Colo. (Associated Press)

Mediators recommend approval of Detroit bankruptcy debt deal (Detroit News)

F.A.A. Picks Diverse Sites To Carry Out Drone Tests (New York Times)

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