ArchiveWhat You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 13, 2014Bryan Schott·January 13, 2014· Share “Count My Vote” raises big bucks. Swallow uses campaign money to pay legal fees. Feds will recognize Utah same-sex marriages. Countdown: 14 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature 59 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature 162 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 295 days to the 2014 midterm elections 658 days to the 2015 elections 723 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 1029 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah news highlights: Backers of the “Count My Vote” citizen’s initiative raised more than $800,000 last year, which is more than any other political cause or candidate in 2013 [Tribune]. Former Attorney General John Swallow used more than $230,000 of campaign money to pay off legal fees [Tribune]. An in-depth look at Jason Powers who is at the center of some allegations in the Swallow investigation [Tribune]. Attorney General Sean Reyes shakes up his leadership team [Tribune]. The federal government will recognize those same-sex marriages that took place in Utah prior to the Supreme Court stay [Tribune]. Same-sex marriage proponents rally at the Capitol asking Gov. Gary Herbert to not appeal the decision that struck down Amendment 3 [Tribune]. The LDS Church calls for civility in the debate over same-sex marriage [Deseret News]. Don Gale says the LDS Church needs to change their approach to the same-sex marriage debate [Tribune]. Sen. Mike Lee calls for more bipartisanship in Washington [Tribune]. A report to the Salt Lake City Council finds Youth City programs don’t reach too many kids on the west-side of the city [Tribune]. House Speaker Becky Lockhart discusses the upcoming legislative session [Utah Policy]. Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb chew over whether the state should move the prison [Deseret News]. Rep. Jim Dunnigan is proposing legislation to raise the speed limit to 80 mph on more Utah freeways [Tribune]. Lawmakers will consider limits on how people can use public voter information after a list of registered voters popped up online this week [Tribune]. The Holladay City Council will vote on a proposed non-discrimination measure based on sexual orientation next month [Tribune]. More bad water news for Utah as the state’s reservoirs are at just 35% of capacity [Standard-Examiner]. On this day in history: President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag after Vermont and Kentucky joined the Union in 1794. American songwriter Stephen Foster passed away in 1864. Novelist James Joyce died in 1941. Robert C. Weaver, the first black Cabinet member, was named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966. Former Vice President Hubert Humphrey died at the age of 66 in 1978. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation’s first elected black governor in 1990.