What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 7, 2014

The Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage in Utah. Polling show Gov. Herbert is in good shape ahead of 2016.


  • 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 NewsTribune].
  • 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.