ArchiveWhat You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 7, 2014Bryan Schott·January 7, 2014· Share The Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage in Utah. Polling show Gov. Herbert is in good shape ahead of 2016. Countdown: 20 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature 168 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 301 days to the 2014 midterm elections 664 days to the 2015 elections 728 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 1035 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah news highlights: The U.S. Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage in Utah pending the state’s appeal [Tribune, Deseret News]. A leaked poll shows Gov. Gary Herbert is in good shape if he plans to run for another term in 2016 [Utah Policy]. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is readying his “State of the City” address [Deseret News]. Here comes another fight over a proposed convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune]. Ron Bigelow takes the oath of office as West Valley City’s new mayor [Tribune]. New members of the Salt Lake City Council are sworn in [Tribune]. Sen. Howard Stephenson wants to set limits on the use of aerial drones in the state [Standard-Examiner]. Very few lawmakers have started sharing their emails on a new site set up for lawmakers to do just that [Daily Herald]. Rep. Rob Bishop says the government needs to stop cutting defense spending [Standard-Examiner]. Former Lt. Governor Greg Bell is named the new chair of USTAR [Tribune]. The Utah State prison has entirely banned smoking among all inmates [Tribune]. A judge denies a reduction in bail for Mark Shurtleff’s “fixer” Tim Lawson [Tribune]. The massive land slide at Kennecott Utah Copper’s Bingham Canyon mine caused 16 earthquakes [Deseret News, Tribune]. A meeting to accept public comment on the proposed relocation of the prison is set for Jan. 16 [Tribune]. On this day in history: America held it’s first presidential election in 1789. The 13th president, Millard Fillmore, was born in 1800. George C. Marshall resigned as U.S. Secretary of State; President Harry Truman nominated Dean Acheson to succeed him in 1949. President Truman announced the U.S. had developed the hydrogen bomb in 1953. The impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton began in 1999.