Countdown: There are 225 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 308 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 589 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 1021 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.
Gov. Gary Herbert vetoes HB76 which would have allowed Utahns to carry concealed weapons without a permit [Tribune, Deseret News, KSL].
Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love files to run for Congress again after narrowly losing to Jim Matheson in November [Tribune].
Utah Republicans start talking about whether to change their nominating process, but many within the party oppose many of the ideas to make that happen [Tribune, Deseret News].
Utah County Republicans reject adding the Utah Compact on immigration to their platform [Tribune, Deseret News].
A 1964 deal between Salt Lake County and the LDS Church gives the county until 2016 to buy land underneath the Salt Palace and Abravanel Hall from the Church for a “sweetheart deal” of a price. After that time, the price of the land rises to fair market value [Tribune].
Sen. Mike Lee says the budget passed by Senate Democrats is the “wrong moral choice” [Tribune].
Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants to know why the Department of Homeland Security has purchased 1.6 billion rounds of ammo [Daily Herald].
Sen. Jim Dabakis talks about his first session on the Hill [Tribune].
The cities of Syracuse and Sunset are moving to vote-by-mail only in an effort to boost turnout [Tribune, Deseret News].
Latino activists want an investigation into whether West Valley City Police have violated the civil rights of minorities through racial profiling [Deseret News].