What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 29, 2014

Lee delivers the Tea Party response to the State of the Union. Salt Lake County could see water rationing this summer. Dueling marriage rallies at the Utah Capitol.



  • 43 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 146 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 279 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 642 days to the 2015 elections
  • 707 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1013 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah news highlights:

  • Sen. Mike Lee hits “inequality” in the Tea Party’s response to the State of the Union Address [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake County Council Chair Michael Jensen says he expects dry conditions to lead to water rationing this summer [Tribune].
  • Groups on both sides of the marriage equality issue hold rallies at the State Capitol [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Utah House GOP steps up their battle to wrest control of public lands from the federal government [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • USTAR officials respond to a legislative audit that called into question a number of claims made by the organization [Tribune].
  • Legislators begin tackling Utah’s education budgets [Deseret News].
  • Air quality activists give “report cards” to Utah’s lawmakers [Tribune].
  • It looks like the House and Senate are at odds over possibly removing the “Zion Curtain” from restaurants [Standard-Examiner].
  • Sen. Deidre Henderson wants to enable political parties to move their conventions away from the same weekend as the LDS Church’s General Conference [Daily Herald].
  • Rep. Marie Poulson tackles “revenge porn” in proposed legislation [Standard-Examiner].
  • The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control may crack down on the use of educational liquor permits [Tribune].
  • A number of groups are joining forces to figure out how best to manage the Wasatch canyons [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • Henry Clay introduced the Compromise of 1850, which admitted California into the Union as a free state, to the Senate in 1850.
  • Kansas became the 34th state in 1861.
  • President George W. Bush labeled Iraq, Iran and North Korea the “axis of evil” during his State of the Union address in 2002.
  • The Illinois Senate voted to remove Gov. Rod Bladojevich from office in 2009.