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News roundup: New Year resolutions for 2016 contenders

How Utah reacted to the Supreme Court's stay. Resolutions for presidential contenders. A new poll shows Herbert riding high.

Happy Tuesday. From Hillary Clinton to Joe Biden and from Chris Christie to Ted Cruz here are some New Year resolutions for the crop of presidential hopefuls with their eyes on 2016. [NBCNews]

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Topping the news: Utah has given marriage licenses to same-sex couples for 17 days, but that came to an end when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of District Judge Robert Shelby's ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed. The case now rests in the hands of the 10th Circuit based in Denver, but could be on its way back to the high court in the years to come. [Trib] [DNews] [APviaStandEx] [WaPost] [NYTimes] [FoxNews] [WSJ] [LATimes] [CNN] [KUTV] [Fox13] [ABC4]

-> Check out the reactions of Sen. Jim Dabakis and Cherilyn Eagar on Trib Talk. [Trib] Also hear from the Utah ACLU and the Sutherland Institute [Fox13] and civil family law attorney Tayna Peters [Fox13]. Former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman [ABC4] and the Eagle Forum also weigh in [ABC4]

-> Some of the newly married same-sex couples wonder if their marriage licenses will qualify them for benefits after the stay. [KUTV]

-> The Supreme Court's stay shows a desire for a slower process, some legal experts hypothesize. [DNews]

-> One gay couple from Boise made it to the clerk's office in Utah just a few minutes too late to get hitched. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @RicCantrell: "Governing by who yells loudest is bad government."

From @matthew_piper: "Rough total of same-sex couples married in Utah since Dec. 20: 1,324, minus Utah County, which refuses to estimate."

In other news: New West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow takes the oath of office and promises heightened accountability for city officials. [Trib] [DNews]

-> A judge refuses to lower the bail for Tim Lawson, the first person charged in the investigation into alleged misconduct by former attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow. Lawson was sometimes called their "fixer." [Trib] [DNews]

-> Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams will try to get the Legislature to buy into a plan to use some public money to fund a megahotel near the Salt Palace Convention Center, a plan that got a swift rebuke from the Utah Taxpayers Association. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Few Utah lawmakers have taken advantage of a new site that allows them to make individual emails public, which is intended on giving residents a new "window into the Legislature." [Herald]

-> Dan Jones polls paid for by someone he won't reveal show Gov. Gary Herbert with a comfortable lead among potential Republican challengers for a potential 2016 run. [UtahPolicy]

-> Pat Bagley takes a shot at 60 Minutes for its reporting on clean energy. [Trib]

-> Former Lt. Governor Greg Bell takes over as chief of USTAR. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker to give State of the City address at the University of Utah. [DNews]

-> The Salt Lake City Council will once again discuss changes to the ordinance regulating horse-drawn carriages. [Trib]

-> Four new Salt Lake City Council members take office. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The consulting firm looking into moving the state prison out of Draper is holding a public meeting on Jan. 16 at the state Capitol's Senate Building starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. [Trib]

Nationally: The Senate confirms Janet Yellen as Fed Chair, the first woman to hold this post. Sen. Orrin Hatch was among the senators who didn't make it back to Washington for the vote. Sen. Mike Lee voted against her confirmation. [WaPost]

-> Congress passed 72 laws in 2013, the lowest in history. Will this year be different? [WaPost]

-> Democrats, and some Republicans, are latching on to Pope Francis' message of economic equality. [NYTimes]

-> Moderate Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach will not seek reelection in 2014 in his competitive Pennsylvania district. [PoliticsPA]

-> The Koch brothers backed a vast political network during the 2012 campaign that shield's donors' identities as it raised over $400 million. [WaPost]

-> Mitt Romney told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace: "Were it my choice, I would not vote for Russia to hold the Winter Olympics or the Summer Olympics. But it’s not my choice." [FoxNews]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz returns to Washington and will participate in evening votes.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert takes a personal day.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams hits County Council meetings, gives an interview to Telemundo Utah and attends the State of the Townships town hall meeting.
  • President Barack Obama speaks from the White House urging Congress to extend unemployment insurance and meets with the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in the Oval Office.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com. If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

-- Matt Canham and Topher Webb

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