What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – December 11, 2013

Countdown:  There are 47 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 195 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections, 328 days until the 2014 midterm elections, 692 days to the 2015 elections, 756 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses and 1063 until the 2016 presidential election.

On this day in history:

  • Indiana becomes the 19th state in 1816.
  • Britain’s King Edward abdicates the throne so he could marry Wallis Warfield Simpson in 1936.
  • Italy withdraws from the League of Nations in 1937.
  • Germany and Italy declare war on the United States, the U.S. responds in kind in 1941.
  • Apollo 17 landed on the moon in 1972.
  • Housing secretary Henry Cisneros is indicted for conspiracy, obstructing justice and making false statements to the FBI in 1997.
  • The United States files the first charges related to the September 11th terrorist attacks against Zacarias Moussaoui in 2001.
  • Bernard Madoff is charged with defrauding clients in what may have been the biggest Wall Street swindle in history in 2008.

Today’s Utah news highlights:

  • The Lt. Governor’s office is reviewing whether the nine candidates vying to replace former Attorney General John Swallow meet residency requirements for the office [Tribune].
  • A pair of left-leaning political groups are calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to make sure the replacement for Swallow will not run for election to the Attorney General’s office in 2014 as a way to help clean up the ethical mess left behind [Deseret News].
  • Attorney General’s office spokesperson Paul Murphy is resigning to take a position with Rocky Mountain Power [Fox 13].
  • A committee recommends big pay raises for Utah’s statewide elected officials [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Sen. Steve Urquhart says Utah students need better preparation for college level math [Tribune].
  • Sen. Stuart Reid is worried an education task force report on how to improve performance by Utah students may be ignored by lawmakers [Standard-Examiner].
  • Rep. Steve Handy plans a bill appropriating money to help school districts replace school buses with more environmentally friendly models [Standard-Examiner].
  • Salt Lake County officials say the snowplowing help they gave to Cottonwood Heights is a one-time event after a private company that city contracted with for snow removal dropped the ball last week [Tribune].
  • Polling suggests politicians are starting to test the waters in preparation for 2016 [Utah Policy].
  • Animal rights activists say Utah lawmakers passed the so called “ag-gag” law in order to silence them and the law serves no other purpose than that [Deseret News].
  • Gasoline prices are falling in Utah [Tribune].
  • Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis steps down to take the reigns of the New York City FC soccer team [Tribune].