ArchiveWhat You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 27, 2014Bryan Schott·January 27, 2014· Share The 2014 Legislature gets underway. Utahns rally for clean air. Wayne Owens’ son jumps into politics. Countdown: Today is the first day of the 2014 Legislature 45 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature 148 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 281 days to the 2014 midterm elections 644 days to the 2015 elections 709 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 1015 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah news highlights: Thousands of residents rally at the state capitol urging lawmakers to do something about the state’s air quality problems [Tribune]. Possibly hiking the gas tax will be on the agenda for lawmakers as they get down to business today [Deseret News]. A number of measures in reaction to the John Swallow scandal will be in play during the 2014 Legislature [Tribune]. Utahns favor tighter regulations for payday lenders [Tribune]. Rep. Jerry Anderson moves to de-criminalize cohabitation [Standard-Examiner]. Rep. Brad Dee lays out his priorities for the 2014 session [Standard-Examiner]. Lawmakers race to raise money ahead of the 2014 legislative session [Tribune]. Utah’s plan to increase education performance is running into the reality of finances and school capacity [Deseret News]. It’s looking more and more likely a plan to move the state prison from Draper will come to fruition [Tribune, Deseret News]. Gov. Gary Herbert’s approval rating is hovering around 75% while Sen. Mike Lee is still below 50% [Utah Policy]. The company operating a medical incinerator in North Salt Lake says they are planning to move the facility to Tooele County [Tribune, Deseret News]. Doug Owens, son of the late Congressman Wayne Owens, is jumping into the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District [Utah Policy]. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff sits down for a lengthy interview on a number of topics [Salt City Throwdown]. So very weird. A member of the Utah County Republican Party is suing the party’s vice chair for statements he made about her during party meetings [Daily Herald]. On this day in history: Thomas Edison was granted a patent for his incandescent lamp in 1880. Russian forces liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945. The U.S. Air Force began atomic testing in the Nevada desert in 1951. The Vietnam War peace accords were signed in Paris in 1973. First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said allegations against her husband were part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” in 1998. Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPad tablet in 2010. J.D. Salinger, author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” passed away in 2010.