What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 21, 2014

Polls a-plenty on this Tuesday! Most Utahns oppose same-sex marriage. Residents want tougher pollution controls on industry. The more people find out about “Count My Vote,” the more they like what they hear.


  • 6 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 51 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 154 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 287 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 650 days to the 2015 elections
  • 715 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1021 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah news highlights:

  • Utah is asking for more time to prepare its appeal over the ruling that struck down Amendment 3 [Tribune, Deseret News]. Same-sex couples oppose the request [Deseret News].
  • The ACLU is readying to file a lawsuit against Utah over the state’s decision to put same-sex marriages “on hold” [Deseret News].
  • A new poll says 57% of Utahns oppose same-sex marriage [Deseret News].
  • Another survey says 60% of Utahns support a proposed statewide non-discrimination bill that includes sexual orientation [Tribune]. Our panel of “political insiders” think that bill is DOA during the 2014 session [Utah Policy].
  • The more Utahns find out about the “Count My Vote” proposal, the more they favor direct primaries over the caucus system for nominating candidates [Utah Policy].
  • As first reported here, Utah lawmakers may be inching closer to an expansion of Medicaid [City Weekly].
  • A clear majority of Utahns would like to see tighter air pollution standards placed on business and industry [Tribune].
  • How Becky Lockhart went from newbie lawmaker to Utah’s first female Speaker of the House [Daily Herald].
  • Sen. Howard Stephenson might want to spend a little less time glued to his iPad [Tribune].
  • Rep. Richard Greenwood is proposing legislation allowing for the force-feeding of some inmates in Utah’s juvenile justice system [Standard-Examiner].
  • Utah’s prosecutors are pushing for a re-write to the state’s grand jury rules [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • King Louis XVI was sent to the guillotine for treason in 1793.
  • Lenin died in Moscow in 1924.
  • Former State Department official Alger Hiss was found guilty of perjury in 1950.
  • George Orwell passed away in London in 1950.
  • President Jimmy Carter pardoned most Vietnam War draft dodgers in 1977.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United v. FEC case, saying the government cannot restrict spending of corporations in political campaigns in 2010.