What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – December 10, 2013

Countdown:  There are 48 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 196 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections, 329 days until the 2014 midterm elections, 693 days to the 2015 elections, 757 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses and 1064 until the 2016 presidential election.

On this day in history:

  • Mississippi became the 20th state in the union in 1817.
  • The Confederacy admitted Kentucky as they recognized a pro-Southern shadow government instead of the pro-Union government in Frankfort in 1861.
  • The territory of Wyoming gave women the right to vote and hold office in 1869.
  • President Theodore Roosevelt is the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906.
  • The U.N. General Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
  • The U.S. House approves a plan to bail out Detroit automakers with $14 billion in loans in 2009.

Today’s Utah news highlights:

  • A new legal analysis from the Sutherland Institute says Utah’s quest to gain control of public lands within its borders may not be as far-fetched as it may sound [Deseret News].
  • Emails show a complicated relationship between former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and convicted fraudster Mark Sessions Jenson [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee says he doesn’t see a rift developing between the Tea Party and establishment Republicans [Utah Policy].
  • Utah is set to receive $8.5 million from a drug maker as part of a Medicaid fraud lawsuit settlement [Tribune].
  • The Utah Transit Authority is working with the Salt Lake City Council to expand transit options [Deseret News].
  • Utah health officials warn of swine flu danger this year [Tribune].
  • Former Gov. Mike Leavitt unveils his new book on the subject of building alliances [Deseret News].
  • Overstock.com’s Jonathan Johnson says it’s important to get the facts in the debate over taxing online sales [Tribune].
  • A nearly two-decade long fight over a parcel of property in downtown Salt Lake City quietly comes to an end [Tribune].
  • University of Utah president David Pershing says the school will continue a focus on educating undergraduate students [Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake City unveils their plans for the EVE new-year’s celebration [Tribune].