What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 2, 2014

Utah appeals to the Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriage. Utah County wants to be part of the prison relocation talks. Legal weed in Colorado may not be kosher for Utahns.


  • 25 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 173 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 306 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 669 days to the 2015 elections
  • 733 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1040 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah news highlights:

  • Utah asks the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay to stop same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Utah has dropped the argument against same-sex marriage that says procreation is in the state’s best interest [Tribune].
  • A lesbian couple says a lawsuit against the state and LDS church over same-sex marriage listed their names without their permission [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Same-sex divorce is now legal in Utah as well [KSL].
  • Now you can read legislators’ emails if they want you to [KSL].
  • State Auditor John Dougall reflects on his first year in office [Deseret News].
  • With the dawning of the new year comes the inauguration of a number of new mayors and municipal officials around the state [Deseret News].
  • Utah County officials want to make sure they are included in discussions about possibly relocating the state prison [Daily Herald].
  • The consumer confidence among Utahns hit an all-time high last month [Tribune].
  • More Utah police forces are using body cameras to record their interactions with the public [Tribune].
  • Utah teachers can take a free firearms class this week sponsored by the Utah Shooting Sports Council [Tribune].
  • Utahns who partake of legalized marijuana in Colorado could be breaking the law when they return to Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake County Council is protesting a proposed annexation of part of Millcreek into Holladay [KSL].
  • Syracuse attorney Terry Spencer is considering a run for Davis County Commission as a Libertarian rather than a Republican [Standard-Examiner].
  • More than 1/3 of 911 calls made from cell phones in Utah do not have accurate location information [Deseret News].
  • Lab tests indicate 27 bald eagles have died in Utah because of West Nile virus [Deseret News].
  • A study says most rape cases in Salt Lake County are never prosecuted [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • Georgia was admitted to the Union as the 4th state to ratify the Constitution in 1788
  • Sen. John F. Kennedy launched his bid for the White House in 1960
  • Rudolph Giuliani was inaugurated as New York City’s mayor in 1994
  • The University of Utah football team finished an undefeated season with a 31-17 upset of #4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in 2009