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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - March 18, 2014

Herbert sends staff to Washington to negotiate his Medicaid expansion plan. Lee says he's not the target of an investigation stemming from the Swallow scandal. Final caucus meetings under the current system are this week.


  • The Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings are tonight
  • 2 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 2 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 38 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 98 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 231 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 314 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 594 days to the 2015 elections
  • 659 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 965 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Some of Gov. Gary Herbert's staff head to Washington to begin negotiations on his Medicaid expansion plan [Deseret News, Standard-Examiner].
  • Sen. Mike Lee says he is unaware of being the target of an investigation stemming from the John Swallow scandal [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah's political parties hold their final caucus meetings under the current system [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • The Count My Vote group officially stops their petition drive following the compromise they came to with lawmakers [Tribune].
  • Candidates continue to file for political office [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker addresses the United Nations Human Rights Council on a number of topics, including homelessness [Tribune].
  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paulmakes a fundraising trip toUtah [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Legislators reflect on what did and didn't get done in the 2014 session [Deseret News].
  • Who will benefit from Utah's new mandate for insurance coverage of autism treatment? [Tribune].
  • The LDS Church asks the "Ordain Women" group to move their demonstration off Temple Square during Conference [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • 1766 - Britain repealed the Stamp Act.
  • 1837 - Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, was born in Caldwell, N.J.
  • 1922 - Mohandas Gandhi was sentenced to prison in India for civil disobedience.
  • 1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order authorizing the relocation of Japanese-Americans.
  • 1963 - The Supreme Court ruled state courts were required to provide legal counsel to criminal defendants who could not afford to hire their own attorney.
  • 1965 - Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov went on the first spacewalk.
  • 1974 - Most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended an embargo against the United States.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Will White House ambitions fracture tea party?

Mia Love, other candidates make it official.

Count My Vote officially jettisons petition drive

Bishop, Chaffetz hoping to lead committees in next Congress

Utah parties to hold final caucuses under current system

Sen. Mike Lee says he's not aware of any investigation into his conduct

Utah's oldest coal mine aims to expand into an uncertain future

Who will Utah autism insurance mandate help, leave out?

Deseret News

Op-ed: Natural family is the key to a free society

Robert Bennett: Reduce the shrillness level of political rhetoric

Editorial: Obama administration IRS rules to politicize non-profit world

Editorial: To enhance the knowledge of voters, support the Utah Debate Commission

Sen. Mike Lee says he's not target of any investigation

Lawmakers say they made strides but need to look to the future

Governor's staff begins negotiations on Medicaid expansion plan

Rand Paul talks 2016 presidential race during Utah trip

Doug Owens, Mia Love file candidacies for 4th Congressional seat


Political party caucuses on Tuesday and Thursday (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Pols pan panhandling (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Democratic legacies on line in November (Politico)

Bill Clinton: Vladimir Putin is one smart Russian (Politico)

In midterms, a battle of billionaires (The Hill)

Abbas to Obama: 'Time is not on our side' (The Hill)

WH reassessing surgeon general pick after NRA opposition (The Hill)

Obama targets Putin aides with sanctions after Crimea vote (The Hill)

U.S. warns Russia on moves near east, south Ukraine (Associated Press)

Obama's Ukraine policy: Scream loudly, carry no stick (CNN)

California man arrested at Canadian border, accused of trying to support al-Qaida in Syria (Fox News)

U.S. Navy SEALs take over oil tanker for return to Libya (Washington Post)

Yellen to put Fed's new leadership on display (Associated Press)

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