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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - February 4, 2014

Utah files its brief defending Amendment 3. Urquhart's call for an outpouring of public support on his non-discrimination bill may be backfiring. Lawmakers pass just 3 bills during the first week of the 2014 session.


  • 37 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 140 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 273 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 636 days to the 2015 elections
  • 701 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1007 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Utah files its brief defending Amendment 3 with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The state's arguments focus on the impacts of same-sex marriage on children [Tribune].
  • Sen. Steve Urquhart's call for supporters to post notes urging lawmakers to hear his non-discrimination bill may be backfiring [Tribune].
  • Lawmakers say any proposed fix to Utah's pollution problem will require action from the public, not just legislators [Deseret News].
  • Legislators spent the first six days of the session focusing almost exclusively on budgetary matters [Utah Policy]. Because of that, lawmakers passed just three bills in the first week [Tribune].
  • Lawmakers find nearly $70 million that will likely be shifted to meet other budgetary needs [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Jerry Anderson is ditching his bill that would have killed part of Utah's anti-polygamy laws because a federal judge has yet to rule on a case challenging that law [Tribune].
  • Rep. Ryan Wilcox says a state report on alcohol use is past due, which will hurt lawmakers' efforts to address liquor policy this year [Deseret News].
  • Sen. Todd Weiler is sponsoring a bill that would refine residency guidelines for political candidates [Utah Policy].
  • An offensive post on twitter roils Capitol Hill [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • The future of the Utah State Fair is in doubt [Standard-Examiner].
  • Utahns praise immigration reform proposals put forward by House Speaker John Boehner [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • House Majority Leader Brad Dee is working on legislation to unify emergency communications statewide [Utah Policy, Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War in 1783.
  • George Washington and John Adams were elected president and vice president of the United States in 1789.
  • John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States in 1801.
  • Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Alabama to form the Confederate States of America in 1861.
  • Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin meet at the Yalta Conference in 1945.
  • Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974.
  • The Massachusetts Supreme Court declared gays had the right to marry in 2004.
  • The social networking site Facebook was launched in 2004.

Today At Utah Policy

Bill Takes Aim at Defining Residency for Candidates
The fallout of former Attorney General John Swallow's scandal, resignation and the appointment of a new AG continues to reflect in bills filed in the 2014 Legislature....

McAdams, Dee Call for Unified Emergency Communications System (Video)
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and House Majority Leader Brad Dee (R-Ogden) are joining forces to get emergency communications on the same frequency, so to speak, across Utah....

Tweets Go Horribly Awry on Capitol Hill
Utah lawmakers got a harsh lesson in the perils of social media on Monday....

Utah Leaders Urge Fix for 'Broken' Immigration System
Local political, business and faith leaders saidMondaythey welcome U.S. House Speaker John Boehner's "principles" on immigration reform, but while a good start a lot more work needs be done in reforming American's "broken" immigration system....

Lawmakers Focusing on Budget at Start of 2014 Session (Video)
The first week of the 2014 Legislature was relatively boring for outsiders, because lawmakers spent that time focusing on budgetary matters and not considering much legislation. Sen. Lyle Hillyard says that change is how it should be....

Robles, Stewart Post Strong Fundraising Numbers
The money battle in Utah's 2nd Congressional District between Republican Rep. Chris Stewart and Democratic State Senator Luz Robles is heating up....

Rep. Craig Hall vs. the Utah Policy 'Lightning Round'
With just 60 seconds to answer as many stupid questions as possible, Rep. Craig Hall faces the Utah Policy "Lightning Round."...

Rep. Craig Hall Discusses Campaign Finance and 'Revenge Porn' (Video)
Rep. Craig Hall (R-West Valley) says the opening-day speech by House Speaker Becky Lockhart didn't raise tensions between the Legislature and the governor's office in the first week of the 2014 session....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Judge denies protective order against Utah gun lobbyist Aposhian

Utahns praise new GOP immigration proposals

Burningham won't seek re-election to state school board

Legislature passes only three bills in first week

Sponsor said polygamy bill will have to wait

Shurtleff 'fixer' Tim Lawson excused from court hearing

Utah lawmakers back away from offensive 'changing gender' tweets

Proposed bill would require Utah to consolidate dispatch centers

Deseret News

Op-ed: Now what, exactly, are prisons for?

State GOP lawmakers call air quality everyone's problem

Lawmaker says report on Utah liquor laws overdue

Lawmakers identify $67 million in possible budget cuts

GOP immigration reform standards a cause for optimism, local leaders say

Utah lawmakers criticized for transgender comments on Twitter, later apologize

Utah lawmaker proposes panel to look at labeling genetically modified foods

Abortion falls to lowest level since 1973, study finds


Anderegg bathroom tweet causes Capitol Hill stir (Daily Herald)

Poll: Utah fourth-most conservative state (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Inhofe rips 'outrageous lie' on Benghazi (The Hill)

Obama to reach out to Saudis with visit (The Hill)

Tech Titans Reveal New Data About NSA Snooping (TIME)

U.S. says enrollment appeal hearings to begin soon (Reuters)

Fox's Bill O'Reilly finds something to like about President Obama (McClatchy)

Hillary who? Gov. O'Malley doing 'tough work' for 2016 bid (USA Today)

Hillary Clinton and the Missing Democratic Debate (Bloomberg)

Democrats In Senate Pressure Barack Obama As Election Approaches (TIME)

Hacker Group Accuses Merkel Government of Helping to Spy (New York Times)

Bernanke Joins Brookings on First Work Day After Leaving Fed (Bloomberg)

Obama says Kerry to 'give me a recommendation' on Keystone project (Reuters)

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