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Utah could play a bigger role in the 2016 presidential race. Corroon considering a run for chair of the Utah Democrats. Utah approves a tuition hike.


  • 25 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 85 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 218 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 301 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 581 days to the 2015 elections
  • 646 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 952 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah news highlights:
  • Some in Utah want the state to play a bigger role in the 2016 presidential nominating process [Deseret News].
  • Medicaid expansion may be in Utah's future [Tribune].
  • Former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon is considering a run for chair of the Utah Democratic Party [Utah Policy].
  • Businessman Marc Sessions Jenson says former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow have information that could clear him in fraud charges [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert signs abill to increase the speed limit on some Utah highways [Tribune].
  • State superintendent Martell Menlove announces his retirement [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Former Gov. Mike Leavitt is getting involved in a Nebraska congressional race [Tribune].
  • Washington County Democratic Party chair Dorothy Engleman resigns to focus on her run for legislature [St. George News].
  • Salt Lake County will change the way they auction off properties with delinquent tax bills [Tribune].
  • The Utah Board of Regents approves a 4% tuition hike [Deseret News].
  • The LDS Church again rejects requests to allow news cameras on Temple Square during next weekend's General Conference [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County will spend more than $500,000 on new electronic signs for the South Towne Expo Center [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1492 - King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews unwilling to convert to Christianity.
  • 1889 - The Eiffel Tower officially opened.
  • 1917 - The United States took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.
  • 1918 - Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States.
  • 1943 - The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway.
  • 1945 - "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams opened on Broadway.
  • 1968 - President Lyndon B. Johnson made a surprise announcement he would not run for re-election.
  • 1992 - The U.N. Security Council voted to ban flights and arms sales to Libya for shielding six men accused of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103.

Today At Utah Policy

Corroon Mulling Bid for Democratic Party Chair
Former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter CorroonFormer Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon is eyeing a return to politics as he's considering a bid to replace Jim Dabakis as chair of the Utah Democratic Party. ...

Utahns Struggle to Afford Healthcare, But Number is Below National Average
Just over 16% of Utahns struggle to afford healthcare or medicine. That's a large number, but it's lower than the national average....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: A Very Complicated Bill
I shouldn't feel too bad, says state elections director Mark Thomas, if I don't fully understand all the ins and outs of SB54, the "grand compromise" bill recently signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert and passed by the 2014 Legislature that changes Utah's political party can...

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Grading Dabakis' Tenure
Jim Dabakis resigned as chairman of the Utah Democratic Party this week. We asked our "political insiders" and readers to grade his time heading up that group....

Connecting Entrepreneurs with Resources: ?Utilizing BRC's, Incubators and Accelerators to get to Market
Making the right connections is essential to the success of any entrepreneur and business owner, but making those connections is not always easy. ...

'Why Utah Is the State to Watch on Medicaid Expansion'
A possible compromise agreementbetween Utah and the Obama administration about Medicaid expansion could have national implications, reports The Washington Post....

During Final Obamacare Push, Conservative Author Sees Little to Celebrate
The final countdown is under way to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act before this year's open enrollment cycle closes on March 31. Assuming the deadline is not extended by the Obama administration, most consumers won't be able to sign up for health i...

Bernick and Schott and Politics - Episode #182
Jim Dabakis resigns as head of the Utah Democratic Party and Republicans consider suing over the "Count My Vote" compromise.Plus, find out why Bob's new nickname is "The Big Woo Woo"!Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick break down the week in Utah politics....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Legislators, bureaucrats don't trust teachers

Op-ed: EPA overreaches in Chesapeake, and Utahns should worry

Op-ed: Michigan Judge, not marriage studies, is 'unbelievable'

Op-ed: Legislature took substantive steps to clean air

Editorial: On Medicaid, Herbert has Obama over a barrel

Herbert signs 30 bills, including one that raises speed limits

Leavitt's support may backfire in Nebraska race

SL County to revise its approach to some tax sales

Utahn Kenneth Maryboy runs for Navajo Nation president

Jenson lawyer: Swallow, Shurtleff have info that could clear client

Dutch John - a Utah town fishing for a future

Is Medicaid expansion inevitable in Utah?

Analysts say Utah redistricting tough on Democrats

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Our brackets are shot, time to focus on political minutiae

Connor Boyack: The importance of paying attention

Editorial: As some states flout federal drug law, Justice wavers on enforcement

Editorial: Veto this bill

Energy, transmission corridors through Utah, West up for review

Regents approve 4% statewide tuition increase

Will Utah play a more prominent role in 2016 presidential primary?

Enormous - but invisible - storage facilities take shape

National study shows military suicide rates climbing; Utah no exception

10 'dumb' Utah laws according to the Internet - are they fact or fiction?

Doug Robinson: Vicki Varela - Utah's No. 1 salesperson


No challengers in 1 of every 11 legislative races (Daily Herald)

Opening up on liquor laws (Park Record)

Attorney in Park City launches long shot bid for Congress (Park Record)

National Headlines

Repercussions and Reprieves at Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline (New York Times)

Putin could take 'a third' of Ukraine, Morrell says (The Hill)

GOP senator: Administration 'cooking the books' on ObamaCare enrollment (The Hill)

Is Obama pivot to Asia on hold? (The Hill)

The Big Deal if the Senate Turns Right (New York Times)

GOP presidential race looms large as potential hopefuls gather (CBS News)

NY's King, other House Republicans interested in Rogers' Intelligence Committee post (FOX News)

Bitter Washington DC mayoral election clouded by corruption claims (Guardian)

Illinois legislators try to tweak concealed carry law (Associated Press)

'Sexist Remarks' Inappropriate in 'Bridgegate' Report, Lawyer Says (

Gov. Cuomo is set to pull the plug on anti-government corruption commission with ethics reform package (New York Daily News)

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