ArchiveWhat You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 9, 2014Bryan Schott·January 9, 2014· Share Herbert says the state won’t recognize same-sex marriages. Becker targets pollution during his State of the City Address. Countdown: 18 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature 166 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 299 days to the 2014 midterm elections 662 days to the 2015 elections 726 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 1033 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah news highlights: Gov. Gary Herbert says the state will not recognize those same-sex marriages already performed [Tribune, Deseret News]. The Utah ACLU is mulling a class-action lawsuit against the state for failing to recongnize those unions [ABC 4]. Daniel Burton says Herbert is simply following the rule of law [Publius Online]. A small group of conservatives gather in Orem in support of traditional marriage [Tribune]. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker urges lawmakers to address air pollution problems or “get out the way” during his State of the City Address [Tribune]. The EPA says Utah’s plan to reduce pollution is too lenient on industries [Tribune]. Utah business leaders lay out their priorities for the 2014 legislative session [Utah Policy]. Black Diamond founder Peter Metcalf is named to the Federal Reserve board [Tribune]. The South Jordan City Council comes out in favor of the caucus system [Tribune]. On this day in history: Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788. Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union in 1861. Richard M. Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was born in 1913. Los Angeles County opened the first public defender’s office in the nation in 1914. The United Nations headquarters in New York official opened in 1951. The White House released a memorandum showing a link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon in 1987. The Illinois House voted 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2009.