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Friday, February 21, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - February 21, 2014
Senate advances anti-Count My Vote bill. House GOP votes to move the prison. Record number of bills for the 2014 Legislature.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 20 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
- 21 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
- 25 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
- 25 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
- 27 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
- 64 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
- 123 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 256 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 619 days to the 2015 elections
- 684 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 990 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- The Utah Senate advances a measure to head off the "Count My Vote" initiative [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
- Backers of "Count My Vote" slam SB 54 in a Capitol press conference [Utah Policy].
- The Utah House GOP votes in favor of moving the state prison away from Draper [Deseret News, Tribune].
- A group of Democratic lawyers ask the U.S. Department of Justice to re-open their investigation into former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff [Tribune, Deseret News].
- More than 1,000 people rally at the Capitol for the state to expand Medicaid [Tribune].
- Legislators have introduced a record number of bills, opening more than 1,200 bill files this year [Standard-Examiner].
- First there was the "Zion Curtain," now comes the "Zion Warning" for restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages [Deseret News, Tribune].
- A legislative committee gives the nod to a bill raising the age to use and purchase tobacco to 21 [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Rep. Jim Matheson makes his final visit to Capitol Hill as a member of Congress [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Rep. Eric Hutchings uses some "creative" funding on a bill offering up to $25 million in tax credits to low-income Utahns [City Weekly].
- Rep. Ronda Menlove wants the state to study whether to scrap daylight savings [City Weekly].
- The Holladay City Council passes an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation [Tribune].
- Former President John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives in 1848. He died two days later.
- The Washington Monument was dedicated in 1885.
- Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was shot to death in 1965.
- President Richard Nixon began his historic trip to China in 1972.
- Former Attorney General John Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John Erlichman were sentenced to prison for their roles in the Watergate scandal in 1975.
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