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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - March 11, 2014
Lockhart's education proposal comes up empty in the final budget deal. Herbert signs the "Count My Vote" compromise. Senate advances Medicaid plan.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 2 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
- 3 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
- 7 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
- 9 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
- 9 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
- 45 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
- 105 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 238 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 601 days to the 2015 elections
- 666 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 972 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- House Speaker Becky Lockhart's education technology proposal gets shut out in the final budget deal negotiated by lawmakers [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- House Speaker Lockhart says proposed gas and property tax hikes are dead this session [Tribune].
- Gov. Gary Herbert signs the compromise between the Legislature and "Count My Vote" into law, ending the citizen initiative [Deseret News, Tribune].
- The Utah Senate advances a plan to partially expand Medicaid that includes Gov. Herbert's idea to ask the federal government for flexibility on how to use those federal funds [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- House GOP leaders say they won't consider the Senate plan, meaning there will be no decision on Medicaid by Thursday's end to the 2014 session [Deseret News].
- Lawmakers consider changing their own rules to eliminate constitutional review notes on legislation [Utah Policy].
- The Utah House advances a plan to allow election-day voter registration [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- The House kills a bill to put caps on political donations [Tribune,Deseret News].
- Lawmakers reject a call for Utah to join aconstitutional convention [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- The House gives the thumbs up to a plan for moving Utah's 2016 presidential primary to first in the nation ahead of New Hampshire and Iowa [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- The House approves a tax break for employers who hire homeless people [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Utah transit ridership jumped 3 percent in 2013, which is above the national average [Tribune].
- 1861 - The Confederate States of America adopted its constitution.
- 1930 - William Howard Taft became the first U.S. president to be buried in the National Cemetary.
- 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act into law.
- 1942 - General Douglas MacArthur leaves the Philippines saying, "I shall return."
- 1985 - Mikhail Gorbachev was chosen as leader of the Soviet Union.
- 1993 - Janet Reno was confirmed by the Senate as the nation's first female attorney general.
- 2011 - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a measure to eliminate most union rights for public employees.
- 2011 - Japan is hit by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that triggers a deadly tsunami. The earthquake also damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
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