What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 15, 2014

Swallow investigation cost continues to rise. McAdams stresses education and economic opportunity. 


  • 12 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 57 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 160 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 293 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 656 days to the 2015 elections
  • 721 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1027 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah news highlights:

  • The committee investigating John Swallow hears a number of proposed changes to Utah election law as a result of Swallow’s dirty dealings [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • The cost of the House investigation into Swallow has above $3 million and continues to climb [KSL].
  • Here’s the video of John Swallow testifying under oath in the Lt. Governor’s investigation into election law violations [Tribune].
  • Tim Lawson, Mark Shurtleff’s “fixer,” posts bail [Deseret News].
  • Utahns react to news that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by a federal judge [Fox 13].
  • Same-sex marriage backers deliver a petition with more than 32,000 signatures to Attorney General Sean Reyes asking him to not spend an estimated $2 million defending Amendment 3 in court [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams stresses education during his State of the County Address [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert, along with other governors, meets with President Obama [Deseret News].
  • The Congressional budget deal could cost Utah $35 million in PILT payments to Utah counties [Tribune].
  • Sen. Kevin Van Tassell will seek re-election in 2014 [Park Record].
  • A new report says Utah gets a “D+” for its educational policies [KSL].
  • Some Weber County residents smell a rat in the decision by the Weber County Commission to not give Jan Zogmaister the chairmanship [Standard-Examiner].
  • Average Utah gas prices jump 8 cents over the last month [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • The Republic of New Connecticut, which later changed its name to Vermont, declared its independence in 1777.
  • The donkey was first used as a symbol for the Democratic Party in Harper’s Weekly in 1870.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta in 1929.
  • Construction on the Pentagon was completed in 1943.
  • President Nixon halted offensive operations in North Vietnam in 1973.
  • “Happy Days” premiered on ABC in 1974.
  • The NASA Spirit rover rolled onto the surface of Mars in 2004.
  • Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made an emergency landing in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled his aircraft in 2009.