ArchiveWhat You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 16, 2014Bryan Schott·January 16, 2014· Share Utahns don’t want to continue Swallow investigation. Utah GOP won’t launch their own petition drive against “Count My Vote.” Delta Air Lines to expand in Utah. Countdown: 11 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature 56 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature 159 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 292 days to the 2014 midterm elections 655 days to the 2015 elections 720 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 1026 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah news highlights: A new poll shows most Utahns don’t favor continuing the House investigation into John Swallow now that he has resigned [Tribune]. The Utah GOP will not move forward with a planned counter-petition to “Count My Vote” [Utah Policy]. Backers of “Count My Vote” say it’s unclear whether changes to the caucus system enacted by lawmakers would be enough for them to end their petition drive [Deseret News]. Attorney General Sean Reyes is set to name the outside counsel to assist in the state’s defense of Amendment 3 [Deseret News]. It looks like it’s now a race to the Supreme Court between Utah and Oklahoma over same-sex marriage [Deseret News]. Delta Air Lines announces plans to expand at Salt Lake City International Airport [Deseret News]. The Alpine School District approves a measure to make searching student lockers easier [Tribune]. Advocates say the case of a Utah teenager battling cancer who was cut off from Medicaid is a perfect example of why the state should not wait on accepting money to expand the program [Tribune]. Rep. Jacob Anderegg wants to allow clergy to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding if they object to the practice [Standard-Examiner]. Former Governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is tapped to chair the Atlantic Council, replacing former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft in the post [Tribune]. Sen. Daniel Thatcher is pushing legislation to change Utah’s “three strikes” law on theft [Tribune]. A group launches a lawsuit against the Alta ski resort over their ban on snowboarders [KSL]. On this day in history: The 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages, went into effect in 1920. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower formally assumed control of the Allied forces in 1944. The White House announced Operation Desert Storm in 1991. President Barack Obama made his pitch for the economic stimulus to help end the recession in 2009.