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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - March 25, 2014

Dabakis resigns. Utah GOP considering a lawsuit over "Count My Vote" compromise.


  • 31 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 91 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 224 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 307 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 587 days to the 2015 elections
  • 652 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 958 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Utah Democratic Party chairman Jim Dabakis announces his resignation [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • Utah Republicans are mulling a lawsuit over the provision in the "Count My Vote" compromise requiring political parties have open primaries [Utah Policy].
  • A number of legislators are running unopposed or without significant competition in 2014 [Tribune].
  • Some Utah school board races are seeing an unusually large number of candidates this year [Tribune].
  • A Utah County woman was turned away from filing for a House District as an unaffiliated candidate because she didn't meet the requirements to be on the ballot [Daily Herald].
  • Mia Love has the inside track in Utah's 4th Congressional District race [Standard-Examiner].
  • Utah's new law allowing the use of cannabis extract to treat seizures could end up helping multiple sclerosis sufferers as well [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council will hold a public hearing about proposed zoning changes along the Sugar House Streetcar line [Tribune].
  • The Utah Board of Regents is considering a 4-percent tuition hike next year [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • 1643 - Maryland was founded by English colonists.
  • 1807 - Britain abolished its slave trade.
  • 1894 - Jacob Sechler Coxey and his "army" of unemployed men began their march from Ohio to Washington.
  • 1911 - A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City killed 145 workers.
  • 1965 - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 1994 - American troops completed their withdrawal from Somalia.
  • 1996 - An 81-day standoff by the antigovernment Freemen group began at a ranch in Montana.

Today At Utah Policy

GOP Mulling Lawsuit Over 'Count My Vote' Compromise
Utah Republican Party leaders tell UtahPolicy that they are considering suing the state over SB54, the Count My Vote citizen initiative petition compromise that provides a dual-track process to candidate nominations....

Study: Millennial Voters May Ditch Two-Party System
An eye opening study suggests younger voters may be tired of having just two choices politically....

2014 Election Race Ratings: Congress
With Jim Matheson not running, expect control of all four of Utah's seats in Congress to go to the GOP....

2014 Election Race Ratings: Attorney General
In the aftermath of the John Swallow scandal, Utah has an unexpected race for Attorney General this year....

2014 Election Race Ratings: Utah House
Here's our first look at the 2014 races for Utah House. All 75 seats are up for election this year. Our first round of ratings show Utah's Democrats could be on the defensive this year....

2014 Election Race Ratings: Utah Senate
Here's our first look at the 2014 races for Utah Senate.There are 14 seats up for election this year, but we don't see much,if any, change coming in 2014.Our rating scale:"Safe" seats mean there is no challenger from the opposing party."Solid" means the seat is likely to rem...

2014 Candidate Tracker
Who's in and who's challenging? Keep up to date with the latest candidate filings....

Dabakis Resigning as Democratic Party Chair
Utah State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis is resigning for health reasons....

Featured Items

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Legislature: Stats show wild rush, big hitters

Paul Rolly: Rep. Rob Bishop knows how to block a bill

Dems like Utah same-day voter registration, even if it helps GOP

Tall buildings near Sugar House Streetcar line?

Will Utahns with multiple sclerosis want cannabis treatments?

Dabakis resigns as top Dem

Deseret News

Editorial: Caucus meetings aren't representative or democratic

Editorial: Tools against distraction

Report highlights 11 states' efforts to protect sage grouse

Murray Energy sues EPA over 'war on coal'

Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis resigning for health reasons

Regents mulling 4 percent statewide tuition increase

Natural gas may be the future at Utah's giant coal plant


Candidate turned away at filing deadline (Daily Herald)

Jim Dabakis retires from state Democratic party chair position (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Debate Commission starts a new Utah tradition (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Electronic data protections (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Boehner urges Supreme Court to reverse contraception mandate (The Hill)

Obama: Russia will 'pay a price' (The Hill)

G-7 kicks Russia out of club (The Hill)

House ethics board sees evidence of abuse by Representative McMorris Rodgers (Reuters)

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton: Potential rivals, but not today (Los Angeles Times)

Democrats slam Nate Silver. Why the pushback against polling whiz? (Christian Science Monitor)

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on whether employers' religious beliefs can override birth control mandate (Times-Picayune)

Five former Bernard Madoff workers convicted in case's first trial (Los Angeles Times)

Ex-President Carter Fears US Monitoring (Associated Press)

W.Va. man charged with threatening US Sen. Manchin (Associated Press)

Common Core spawns widespread political fights (Associated Press)

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