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Friday, March 21, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - March 21, 2014
Utah's candidates file for office. Republicans hold their caucus meetings. The Utah PTA wants Gov. Herbert to veto a curriculum oversight bill.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 35 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
- 95 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 228 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 311 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
- 591 days to the 2015 elections
- 656 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 962 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- The 2014 election is officially underway as candidates scramble to file for political races before the deadline [Tribune].
- Four candidates file to replace outgoing Salt Lake County Councilman Randy Horiuchi [Tribune].
- Bob Bernicklooks at some of the more interesting matchups ahead in 2014 [Utah Policy].
- Weber County District Attorney Dee Smith, who was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2012, says he won't seek another term in 2014 [Standard-Examiner].
- A number of Utah County seats are set for intriguing contests this election system [Daily Herald].
- Utah's Republicans hold their final caucus meetings under the current electoral system [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Gov. Gary Herbert signs a bill protecting children when one of their parents is suspected of killing the other [Deseret News].
- The Utah PTA wants Gov. Herbert to veto a bill that allows a statewide committee to oversee complaints about curriculum used in classrooms, saying the measure bypasses local control of schools [Deseret News].
- Some Layton residents are asking the City Council to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation [Tribune].
- A report from a left-leaning group says Rep. Rob Bishop plays a key role in bottling up wilderness legislation in Congress [Tribune].
- Utah's colleges and universities do a poor job graduating full-time students within a six-year time frame [Tribune].
- 1685 - Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Germany.
- 1790 - Thomas Jefferson took office as America's first Secretary of State.
- 1963 - Alcatraz prison was closed.
- 1965 - More than 3,000 civil rights protesters, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
- 1987 - U2's album "The Joshua Tree" was released.
- 2000 - The Supreme Court ruled the government lacked the authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug.
- 2006 - The social networking site Twitter was launched.
- 2010 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
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