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Friday, March 28, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - March 28, 2014
Herbert wants to wrap up Medicaid expansion by the summer. Democrats nearly recruited a top LDS Church official to run for office. An audit says the Utah State Fair gets too much money from the state.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 28 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
- 88 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 221 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 304 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
- 584 days to the 2015 elections
- 649 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 955 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- Gov. Gary Herbert says he hopes to wrap up Medicaid expansion by this summer [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Sen. Jim Dabakis says Utah's Democrats came close to recruiting LDS General Authority Marlin Jensen to run for office in 2012 [Tribune].
- State elections officials are still trying to wrap their heads around the compromise between lawmakers and the "Count My Vote" group [Utah Policy].
- An audit says the Utah State Fair gets too much state money in relation to the number of people who attend [Tribune].
- South Weber Councilman William Poff is charged with embezzling $200,000 from an elderly assisted living center [Standard-Examiner, Deseret News, Tribune].
- Utah's lawyers are engaging in mock arguments to prepare for their defense of Amendment 3 [KSL].
- Utah County Republicans say they are seeing more interest from delegates at meet the candidates events [Daily Herald].
- Republican Salt Lake County Council candidate Aimee Winder Newton is working to attract Democratic supporters [Utah Policy].
- Utah's autism rate is not increasing, but it's still above the national average [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Enrollment at Utah colleges continues to drop following the LDS Church's decision to lower the age requirements for missionaries [Tribune].
- Ann Romney will be the commencement speaker at Southern Utah University [Deseret News].
- A new healthcare clinic serving needy Utahns opens in Midvale [Tribune, Deseret News].
- 1834 - The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
- 1854 - Britain and France declared war on Russia during the Crimean War.
- 1930 - The names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.
- 1939 - The Spanish Civil War ended.
- 1941 - Novelist Virginia Woolf drowned herself near her home in England.
- 1969 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, died at the age of 78.
- 1979 - a partial meltdown occurred at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania.
- 2001 - President George W. Bush rejected the Kyoto Protocol on climate.
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