ArchiveWhat You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – February 11, 2014Bryan Schott·February 11, 2014· Share LGBT protesters arrested at the Capitol. The LDS Church and other groups jump into the Amendment 3 appeal. Bill to fund schools by making big families pay more taxes moves forward. Countdown: 30 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature 133 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 266 days to the 2014 midterm elections 629 days to the 2015 elections 694 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 1000 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah political news highlights: Police arrest a group of protesters at the Capitol who demanded lawmakers give a hearing to a statewide non-discrimination bill [Tribune, Deseret News]. The LDS Church and other groups make their arguments in support of “traditional marriage” to a federal court [Tribune, Deseret News]. Did AG Sean Reyes actually ask lawmakers to kill SB 100 because of the state’s pending appeal on Amendment 3? [Publius Online] A Senate committee approves a bill to pump money into schools by capping the number of state personal income-tax exemptions for large families [Tribune, Standard-Examiner]. Lawmakers and Gov. Herbert may be headed to a showdown over some of Herbert’s ideas for cleaning up Utah’s dirty air [Tribune]. Sen. Stuart Adams will sponsor legislation to add $1 per month to utility bills in order to fund air-quality projects [Tribune]. The House committee that investigated former Attorney General John Swallow will hold one of their final meetings on Wednesday [Tribune]. Rep. Kraig Powell introduces legislation calling for Utah to join a constitutional convention to pass a balanced budget amendment [Utah Policy]. Sen. Todd Weiler wants to expose so-called “dark consulting” in some political campaigns [Utah Policy, Tribune]. Rep. Paul Ray introduces legislation to limit the powers of federal law enforcement on federal lands [Standard-Examiner]. Mia Love’s Congressional campaign is among the top fundraisers in the nation [Tribune]. Advocates say the number of domestic violence cases is on the rise in Utah, but funding from the state to help victims is failing to keep pace [Tribune]. On this day in history: Robert Fulton patented the steamboat in 1809. Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law that clearly favored his own party – giving rise to the term “gerrymandering” in 1812. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement in 1945. Ayatollah Khomeini’s followers seized control of the Iranian government in 1979. South African leader Nelson Mandela was released from prison after more than 27 years in 1990. Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation in 2013.