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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - March 26, 2014

How the cost of the Swallow investigation ballooned to more than $4 million. Love named to next level of GOP's "Young Guns" program. Utah preparing for a population explosion.


  • 30 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 90 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 223 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 306 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 586 days to the 2015 elections
  • 651 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 957 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • How did the cost for the House investigation into John Swallow move north of $4 million? Here's an explanation [Tribune].
  • Mia Love named to the second-tier of the GOP's "Young Guns" program [Utah Policy].
  • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she won't oppose legislation allowing the federal government to reimburse states like Utah that paid to re-open national parks during last year's shutdown [Deseret News].
  • Utah families are hailing the passage of a new law allowing the use of cannabis extract to treat seizures [Tribune].
  • Envision Utah wants ideas from residents on how to prepare for Utah's population doubling in the next 35 years [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop's bill to restrict the creation of more national monuments is expected to come up for a vote in the House on Wednesday [Tribune].
  • Utah State University's enrollment dropped, but not as much as expected, after the LDS Church lowered the age requirements for missionaries [Standard-Examiner].
  • A new study says Utah is tops in the nation for number of residents who are struggling to pay for healthcare [Tribune].
  • Another study finds most Utahns struggle to earn enough money to pay rent [ABC 4].
  • Sugar House residents push back against a proposed zoning change to allow taller buildings along the streetcar line [Tribune].
  • Congratulations to Utahn's Against Hunger's Gina Cornia who has earned national recognition for her leadership of that group [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • 1827 - Composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna, Austria at the age of 56.
  • 1874 - Poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco.
  • 1892 - Poet Walt Whitman died at the age of 72.
  • 1911 - Playwright Tennessee Williams was born in Columbus, Miss.
  • 1945 - The battle of Iwo Jima ended.
  • 1979 - The Camp David peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
  • 1982 - Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial took place in Washington, D.C.
  • 1999 - Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder for giving a lethal injection to a am whose death was shown on "60 Minutes."
  • 2000 - Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.
  • 2003 - Former Sen. Daniel Moynihan died at the age of 76.
  • 2011 - Former Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro died at the age of 75.

Today At Utah Policy

Mia Love Named a 'Contender' in GOP's 'Young Guns' Program
4th Congressional District candidate Mia Love moves up the ladder in the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns" program....

Republicans and Democrats Tied on 2014 Generic Ballot
Republicans and Democrats are tied on the latest "generic" Congressional poll....

California to Send Voter Registration Cards to Obamacare Applicants
The state of California is hoping to head off a federal lawsuit over voting rights by sending voter registration cards to residents who have applied for coverage under the Affordable Care Act....

The Presidential Election Cycle is Speeding Up
It's not your imagination. The presidential campaign season is starting earlier and earlier....

Provo is the 'Most Content' City in the U.S.
Even though Provo is the worst place in Americafor women when it comes to getting paid for their work, that doesn't seem to matter much as the Provo/Orem area is tops for "contentment" among U.S. cities....

GOP Launching .gop Domain Name
The Republican Party is getting ready to roll-out the first-ever political top-level domain name. The party hopes the .gop domain will help them better organize and campaign online....

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....

Featured Items

'The Woman Leading Salt Lake City's Transportation Revolution'
The Atlantic profiles Robin Hutcheson, head ofSLC'stransportation planning division who's attempting to overhaul Utah's car culture with strong support from business interestsand the LDS Church....

Bishop Bill Seeks to Curtail Creation of National Parks
Rep. Rob Bishop introduces legislation that would limit the president's ability to designatenew national parks and monuments without input from Congress and the public....

Smoking Mad: Tobacco Users Caught Up in Insurer's Obamacare 'Glitch'
Retired New Hampshire nurse Terry Wetherby doesn't hide the fact that she smokes....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: This bill is unfair to parents and educators

Parents group: How to comply with new Utah cannabis law

How will marijuana grower decide who gets cannabis oil?

In many Utah legislative races, the election is already over

Utah families celebrate passage of cannabis 'Charlee's Law'

Bishop bill would restrict national monument creation

Jordan District split talk continues despite land purchas

Breakdown of costs reveals how Swallow probe grew and grew

Paul Rolly: Party backing Mia Love's GOP foe? No, it just wants the money

Utah leads nation in insured swamped by medical bills

What should Utah change by 2050?

Deseret News

Op-ed: Caucus meetings aren't representative or democratic

Op-ed: Business leaders in Utah enjoy higher favorability than politicians

Jay Evensen: More cigarettes are being smuggled into Utah, but that's OK

Utah consumer confidence still strong, despite price hikes

There's still work to do before Utahns can obtain hemp oil extract for seizure treatment

Envision Utah outlines effort to prep for growth

Jewell supports paying back Utah, states that reopened national parks


Utah to welcome marijuana for limited medical use (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Businesses need second boost (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama worries Russia not done yet (The Hill)

Reid, Dems drop Ukraine demands (The Hill)

High court divided on O-Care birth-control mandate (The Hill)

Supreme Court takes up Hobby Lobby's challenge to the contraception mandate (Religion News Service)

Obama, Legislators Propose Plans to Stop Massive NSA Phone Data Collection (Voice of America)

Joe Biden's in New Hampshire! But would a 2016 bid be doomed? (Christian Science Monitor)

Nate Silver Fires Back at 'Hypocritical' Dems Piling on Him for Midterm Prediction (Mediaite)

Leading Dem Pollster to Candidates: 'Don't Defend' Obamacare (Mediaite)

Honey, I shrunk the mandate (Politico)

Jimmy Carter: Religion part of pay inequity (Politico)

Jack Lew resting at home after surgery (Politico)

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