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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - March 20, 2014

Two Salt Lake County Republican Party leaders resign. Bluffdale ordered to turn over water usage records for the NSA data facility. Utah A.G.'s office works to plug leaks to the media.


  • The Utah candidate filing period closes today at 5 pm
  • Utah Republicans hold their caucus meetings tonight
  • 36 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 96 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 229 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 312 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 592 days to the 2015 elections
  • 657 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 963 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Two members of leadership for the Salt Lake County Republican Party, including chairman Chad Bennion, resign [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The city of Bluffdale has been ordered to turn over records about water usage at the NSA's data center [Tribune].
  • The Utah A.G.'s office unveils a new policy designed to crack down on leaks to the media [Tribune].
  • Attorney General Sean Reyes files to complete the term of former A.G. John Swallow [Deseret News].
  • Editorial calls for former A.G. Swallow to be prosecuted [Standard-Examiner].
  • Rep. Brad Daw, who was driven from office by the dark money scheme perpetrated by Swallow, is challenging to get his seat in the legislature back [KUTV].
  • Even though the 2014 session is over, lawmakers still have some things on their "to do" list [Daily Herald].
  • Here's a great rundown of which initiatives passed and what got derailed during the 2014 session [City Weekly].
  • Utah Data Points has a number of fascinating breakdowns from the 2014 session:
  • Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder is seeking a third term in that office [Deseret News].
  • There are less than two weeks for Utahns to sign up for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1727 - Sir Issac Newton died in London.
  • 1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris, beginning his Hundred Days rule.
  • 1816 - The Supreme Court affirmed its right to review state court decisions.
  • 1852 - The book "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe was published.
  • 1995 - A doomsday cult in Japan released sarin gas in five Tokyo subway stations, killing 12 people.
  • 2003 - British forces invaded Iraq from Kuwait.
  • 2004 - The U.S. military charged six soldiers with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah autism mandate has too many loopholes

Public asked to offer views of Utah's criminal justice policies

Jon Huntsman buys Fred Thompson's house in Virginia

Bluffdale ordered to release NSA water records

Talking to reporters could get you fired in Utah A.G. office

Two key members resign from Salt Lake County GOP

Ski resort GMs line up to back 'One Wasatch'

Deseret News

Rep. Chris Stewart faces GOP challengers in 2nd District

Republican Bob Fuehr running in 4th Congressional District

Salt Lake County Republican Party chairman resigns

Utah Senate leader Ralph Okerlund home from hospital after heart problem

Winder to seek third term as Salt Lake County sheriff

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes files for election to keep his appointed job

Ski resorts align on proposed 'interconnect'


Editorial: Swallow must be prosecuted (Standard-Examiner)

Bad info circulates about Davis GOP caucuses (Standard-Examiner)

Court settles dispute between local Republicans (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Justice Department rejects Ted Cruz's IRS probe request (Politico)

The Hill's missing plane guessing game (Politico)

White House: Russia 'directly responsible' for Crimean casualties (The Hill)

Pelosi, Dems doubling down on ObamaCare (The Hill)

Yellen: 'The buck stops with me' (The Hill)

Alleged al Qaeda Spokesman Testifies in New York (Wall Street Journal)

Texas finds new execution drug supply (Associated Press)

Unemployment benefits: Boehner rejects bipartisan plan as 'unworkable' (Los Angeles Times)

Arizona, Kansas Win Case on Voter Citizenship Requirements (Bloomberg)

David Axelrod wants Rand Paul to stop using big words (Washington Examiner)

IRS: $760 million in 2010 refunds unclaimed (USA Today)

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