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Thursday, March 27, 2014
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.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 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
On this day in history:
- 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].
- 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.
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