What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 9, 2014

Herbert says the state won’t recognize same-sex marriages. Becker targets pollution during his State of the City Address.


  • 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.