What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 3, 2014

Allegations that John Swallow’s campaign filed fake tax documents. Officials say two Utahns have died from influenza. Some big Utah businesses missed paying their property taxes on time.


  • 24 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 172 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 305 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 668 days to the 2015 elections
  • 732 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1039 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah news highlights:

  • Newly unsealed search warrants allege John Swallow’s campaign filed false tax information to skirt IRS rules [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A lawsuit filed against the state and LDS church using the names of a lesbian couple without their permission has been closed [Tribune].
  • Rep. Paul Ray plans legislation to protect consumers who solicit free credit score information [Standard-Examiner].
  • Both Ray and Sen. Curt Bramble will run measures addressing how law enforcement can deal with people who are openly carrying firearms in public places [Standard-Examiner]. 
  • Utah has the lowest percentage of residents who are eligible to vote in any state [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County officials confirm two people have died from influenza [Deseret News].
  • West Valley City readies to swear in new mayor Ron Bigelow and three members of the city council next week [Deseret News].
  • A number of high-profile businesses in Utah did not pay their property taxes on time [Tribune].
  • Road construction will slow travel between St. George and Las Vegas beginning next week [Tribune].
  • Evergreen International, a group that advocated reparative therapy for gays and lesbians, is shutting down [Tribune].
  • Utah earns a cash bonus for enrolling children in health care programs [Deseret News].
  • Utah spent $12 million marketing the state last year, which translated to $7.4 billion in tourism spending. Officials plan to ask the legislature for more money this year [Tribune].
  • Utah’s poor air quality is prompting many residents to start wearing masks [KSL].
  • A Utah man is on a hunger strike to protest same-sex marriage in the state [ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • George Washington defeated Cornwallis’s forces at the Battle of Princeton in 1777.
  • Congress was televised for the first time in 1947.
  • Sir Edmund Hillary reached the South Pole in 1958.
  • Alaska became the 49th state in 1959.
  • Apple Computer was incorporated in 1977.
  • Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces in 1990.
  • NASA’s Mars rover, “Spirit,” landed on Mars in 2004.