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