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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - March 27, 2014

SLCO Republican Chair Chad Bennion resigned because he was facing domestic violence charges. The "Count My Vote" group will continue on. Chaffetz introduces his bill banning online gambling.

Countdown:

  • 29 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 89 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 222 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 305 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 585 days to the 2015 elections
  • 650 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 956 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Salt Lake County Republican Chairman Chad Bennion stepped down suddenly earlier this month because he was facing a number of domestic violence charges stemming from an incident involving his ex wife [Tribune].
  • The "Count My Vote" group will continue on monitoring the progress implementing the election changes stemming from the compromise forged between initiative backers and lawmakers [Utah Policy].
  • Prosecutors looking into the John Swallow scandal may also be focusing on one of Swallow's top aides Kirk Torgensen [Tribune].
  • Sen. Jim Dabakis talks about his sudden decision to step down as chair of the Utah Democratic Party [Utah Policy].
  • A study finds Utah is less dependent on the federal government than most other states [Tribune].
  • The U.S. House approves Rep. Rob Bishop's bill to restrict the creation of new national monuments [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz unveils his bill banning online gambling [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah is looking at the viability of moving the State Fair [KUTV].
  • Hikers in the Grand Staircase monument find an unreported oil spill [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert signs a bill changing Utah's official tree to the aspen [Deseret News,Tribune].
  • Oil is fueling an economic boom in Duchesne County [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1513 - Explorer Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
  • 1794 - President George Washington and Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy.
  • 1836 - The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, Ohio.
  • 1866 - President Andrew Johnson vetoed a civil rights bill that later became the 14th Amendment.
  • 1884 - the first long-distance telephone call was made between Boston and New York.
  • 1939 - Oregon won the first NCAA men's basketball tournament.
  • 1964 - A magnitude 9.2 earthquake rocked Alaska, killing 114 people.
  • 1998 - The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra.


Today At Utah Policy

Count My Vote Pulled in Cash from Both GOP and Democratic Heavy Hitters
The Count My Vote citizen initiative petition is now officially shut down, following the compromise in political party candidate nomination reached in SB54, passed earlier this month and signed by GOP Gov. Gary Herbert.But Friends of Count My Vote will continue to operate to...

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Political Blunderdome
Utah's Democrats like to blame their small numbers on the Hill on gerrymandering. If that's true, then why aren't they doing anything to reverse the tide ahead of 2020?...

Dabakis on Resigning and the Future for Utah's Democrats
Democrat Jim Dabakis shocked the Utah political establishment this week by announcing his immediate resignation as Democratic Party Chairman because of health reasons....

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....

Featured Items

Mitt Romney: Featured Speaker at A Giant In Our City
Every year, the Salt Lake Chamber recognizes an individual who has had an immeasurable impact on Utah and our communities as A Giant In Our City--one of the most distinguished business recognitions offered in the state of Utah. This year, the Chamber has the pleasure of havi...

Weekly Survey: Grading Dabakis' Tenure
Jim Dabakis resigned this week as head of the Utah Democratic Party. What grade would you give his time leading Utah's minority party? Vote now....

Nevada Delegation Wary of Chaffetz Online Gaming Bill
Nevada Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller haven'tdecided whether to support or oppose Rep. Jason Chaffetz's push to ban all forms of online gaming, including poker....

'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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rocky Mountain Power to build first solar farm in Utah

House passes Bishop's bill on creating monuments

Utahns unveil federal bill against online gambling

Millions in federal excise taxes support Utah wildlife

Study: Utah less dependent on feds than most states

Utah's official state tree is now the aspen

Oil boom leads to huge growth for Duchesne County

Hikers find unreported oil spill into Grand Staircase monument

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Only Congress can rein in overly aggressive EPA

Op-ed: Is more always better? Not in health care

Jay Evensen: Education won't improve until it's as local as your kitchen table

Editorial: Roll back mandatory minimum sentences and allow judges to measure out punishment

Student-advocated state tree bill signed into law

Rocky Mountain Power to develop solar project

Rep. Jason Chaffetz looks to ban online gambling

See which states, cities came out on top in this year's 'State of American Well-Being' report

Other

House approves Bishop's bill to limit president on public monuments (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Regional transportation issues belong at top of priority list (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Sierra Club: Hillyard among tops in the state for environmental voting (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Boehner 'What the hell is this, a joke?' (The Hill)

Dem leaders: O-Care uproar is media hype (The Hill)

The 'farmer from Iowa' fights back (The Hill)

Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Charged With Taking Bribes (Bloomberg)

3 high-profile Secret Service scandals in 3 years (USA Today)

Dems push for minimum wage increase for tipped workers -- but will it backfire? (FOX News)

Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol unconstitutional -judge (Reuters)

IRS Chief: Producing Documents Could Take Years (Associated Press)

House Plans Vote on Delaying Cuts to Physician Payment Rates (Bloomberg)

High Court Bolsters Domestic Violence Gun Ban Law (Associated Press)

Republican establishment chooses electability over purity (CNN)





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