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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - February 11, 2014
LGBT protesters arrested at the Capitol. The LDS Church and other groups jump into the Amendment 3 appeal. Bill to fund schools by making big families pay more taxes moves forward.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 30 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
- 133 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 266 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 629 days to the 2015 elections
- 694 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 1000 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- Police arrest a group of protesters at the Capitol who demanded lawmakers give a hearing to a statewide non-discrimination bill[Tribune, Deseret News].
- The LDS Church and other groups make their arguments in support of "traditionalmarriage" to a federal court [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Did AG Sean Reyes actually ask lawmakers to kill SB 100 because of the state's pending appeal on Amendment 3? [Publius Online]
- A Senate committee approves a bill to pump money into schools by capping the number of state personal income-tax exemptions for large families [Tribune, Standard-Examiner].
- Lawmakers and Gov. Herbert may be headed to a showdown over some of Herbert's ideas for cleaning up Utah's dirty air [Tribune].
- Sen. Stuart Adams will sponsor legislation to add $1 per month to utility bills in order to fund air-quality projects [Tribune].
- The House committee that investigated former Attorney General John Swallow will hold one of their final meetings on Wednesday [Tribune].
- Rep. Kraig Powell introduces legislation calling for Utah to join a constitutional convention to pass a balanced budget amendment [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Todd Weiler wants to expose so-called "dark consulting" in some political campaigns [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- Rep. Paul Ray introduces legislation to limit the powers of federal law enforcement on federal lands [Standard-Examiner].
- Mia Love's Congressional campaign is among the top fundraisers in the nation [Tribune].
- Advocates say the number of domestic violence cases is on the rise in Utah, but funding from the state to help victims is failing to keep pace [Tribune].
- Robert Fulton patented the steamboat in 1809.
- Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law that clearly favored his own party - giving rise to the term "gerrymandering" in 1812.
- President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement in 1945.
- Ayatollah Khomeini's followers seized control of the Iranian government in 1979.
- South African leader Nelson Mandela was released from prison after more than 27 years in 1990.
- Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation in 2013.
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