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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 1, 2014

Judges that will hear the Amendment 3 appeal named. Johnson withdraws from 4th Congressional District race. Herbert signs bill making "revenge porn" illegal.


  • 24 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 84 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 217 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 300 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 580 days to the 2015 elections
  • 645 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 951 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • The three judge panel that will hear the Amendment 3 appeal is named [Tribune].
  • Jennifer Johnson, a Republican candidate in Utah's 4th Congressional District, withdraws from the race [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • A glitch at the state office caused some Utah Republican candidates getting incomplete delegate lists following last week's caucus meetings, which is fueling some conspiracy theories [Tribune].
  • The race for House District 57 is heating up [Utah Policy].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert signs a bill making "revenge porn" illegal [Tribune].
  • The attorney for accused businessman Marc Sessions Jenson says the decision by the Attorney General's office to charge his client with fraud was politically motivated [Tribune].
  • Utahns are frustrated by website problems on the final day to sign up for insurance under Obamacare [Standard-Examiner].
  • 17 teachers in the Ogden School District have been asked to not return next year [ABC 4].
  • The Pleasant Grove City Council has begun looking at a new building for the city's fire and police departments [Daily Herald].
  • Neighbors around Pioneer Park are concerned by the growing number of transients in the park [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1789 - The U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York City.
  • 1853 - Cincinnati became the first U.S. city to pay its firefighters a regular salary.
  • 1933 - Nazi Germany began persecuting Jews with a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.
  • 1945 - American forces invade Okinawa during World War II.
  • 1960 - The first weather satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral.
  • 1970 - President Richard Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and TV.
  • 1976 - Apple Computer was founded.
  • 1984 - Singer Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father.
  • 1987 - President Ronald Reagan told doctors in Philadelphia "We've declared AIDS public health enemy No. 1."
  • 2008 - The Pentagon made public a legal memo that approved the use of harsh interrogation techniques against terror suspects.

Today At Utah Policy

A Microcosm of the Good, Bad and Ugly of Utah's Current Election System
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Poll: GOP Losing Younger Voters
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New York Moves U.S. Closer to Killing the Electoral College
The New York Assembly has approved a bill that moves the country closer to using the national popular vote instead of the electoral college in presidential elections....

Utah's Congressional Seats Could be All-Republican for First Time Since 1999
If, as expected, Republicans win control of Utah's 4th Congressional District seat, it will be the first time since 1999 that Utah has had a single-party delegation in Congress....

Corroon Mulling Bid for Democratic Party Chair
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Featured Items

U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson and EDCUtah Investors Discuss Public Policy at QIU Event
EDCUtah investors and friends joined in a lively conversation with Congressman Jim Matheson last week during the Quarterly Investor Update meeting at the Utah Opera Production Studios in Salt Lake City....

Conservative Mormon Family Finds Hope In Marijuana Extract
Jacob Glenn recounts his LDS mother's efforts to form a powerful "mommy lobby" that successfully pushed the Utah Legislature to legalize a cannabis extract that controls seizures....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Citation cannot be trusted with public land

Defense argues ex-AGs have info that could clear Jenson

Republican field narrows in race for U.S. House seat

Delegate conspiracy? No, it's just a glitch in GOP lists

Governor signs 'revenge porn' bill, 110 others into law

Paul Rolly: Carl Wimmer finding peace after combat politics

Minority kids don't fare as well as whites in Utah

Can Khosrow Semnani apply his magic touch to Trolley Square?

Deseret News

Editorial: Digital learning excellence

Changes proposed for Emery refinery

Gov. Herbert honors Advanced Placement students at Park City High School

Johnson withdraws from 4th District congressional race

Defense attorney wants Swallow, Shurtleff to testify in criminal case


Editorial: Endangered Species Act tweaking (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines struggles under surge of last-minute demand (The Hill)

U.S. could free Israeli spy in deal to save peace talks (Reuters)

Yellen Says Slack in Job Market Shows Need for Support (Bloomberg)

Koreas trade fire (Associated Press)

Amid Wave of Pro-Gun Legislation, Georgia Proposes Sweeping Law (New York Times)

Obama Backs Schatz Over Hanabusa in Hawaii Race (ABC News)

Software Patents Roiling Industry Get Rare Look at Top Court (Bloomberg)

Christie's bridge scandal lawyers to be subpoenaed (Associated Press)

Democrats Must Sell Obamacare to Win U.S. Congress, Clyburn Says (Bloomberg)

Biden: People will be surprised how well Obamacare turns out (UPI)

Marketplace Website Has A Rocky Day As Thousands Try To Beat Enrollment Deadline (

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