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Friday, April 11, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 11, 2014

Judges hear arguments in Amendment 3 appeal. U.S. Attorney for Utah announces his retirement. The Tribune lays off more employees.


  • 14 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 74 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 207 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 290 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 570 days to the 2015 elections
  • 635 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 941 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Federal judges hear arguments in the Amendment 3 appeal [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The decision in the Amendment 3 case could take 6 weeks or longer [KSL].
  • Here's a rundown of the possible outcomes from the Amendment 3 appeal [Tribune].
  • David Barlow, the U.S. Attorney for Utah, says he will step down this summer [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • A Florida-based group denies sending out a letter critical of candidates in the contest for the GOP nomination in House District 57 [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake Tribune lays off another 8 employees and announces the elimination of its Saturday stand-alone religion section[Tribune,Deseret News].
  • Bob Bernick laments the sad turn of events in the Utah media [Utah Policy].
  • Former Utah lawmaker and lobbyist Art Kimball passes away [Tribune].
  • Some GOP heavy-hitters are coming to Utah for the Western Republican Leadership Conference later this month [Deseret News].
  • Davis County GOP chairman Phill Wright says an ethics complaint against him made by another party officer has been dismissed [Standard-Examiner].
  • A new study says fewer Utah kids are going without health insurance coverage [Deseret News, Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1814 - Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as emperor of France and was banished to the island of Elba.
  • 1898 - President William McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war against Spain.
  • 1899 - The treaty ending the Spanish-American Was declared in effect.
  • 1921 - Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax.
  • 1945 - American soldiers liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp.
  • 1970 - The Apollo 13 mission blasted off. It was cut short after an explosion disabled the spacecraft.
  • 2002 - U.S. Rep. James Trafficant was convicted of taking bribes and kickbacks.
  • 2006 - Iran announced it had enriched uranium on a small scale for the first time.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Requiem for Print Media
I've written before about the sad turn of events in the Utah media markets, especially in regards to staff layoffs at The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News....

Utah GOP Looks to Prevent Convention Speech Shenanigans
State GOP officials vow that come the April 26 state Republican convention there will not be a repeat of the disastrous 2012 melee in the 2nd Congressional District candidate speeches and delegate votes....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Orthodoxy and Heresy
So long to the litmus test in Utah politics....

Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #184
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Weekly Survey: Next Chair of Utah Democratic Party
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Wilson Electronics Grows Utah's Economy while Boosting Cell Phone Service
Assisting the growth of Utah based companies is a priority for the Governor's Office of Economic Development. To this end, GOED and Wilson Electronics announced today that the company will expand its existing facility in Washington County....

What Newly Released Docs Tell Us About the IRS and How It Handles Dark Money Groups
A GOP-led House committee voted Wednesday to seek criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner, who used to run the IRS division in charge of tax-exempt groups....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Fear overwhelms reason on SAGE test

Services set for Art Kimball, lawmaker and lobbyist

Group denies sending letter that slams candidates in Utah County House contest

Giant In Our City: Romney calls Leavitt the quintessential volunteer

Iron County, feds work together to corral horses

Oil found in other Grand Staircase monument washes

Denver judges appear divided on Utah case

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Utah's Medicaid reform has been a quiet success

Op-ed: Community space 'Recaptured'

LaVarr Webb: Mike Leavitt's memorable decision to not go negative

Editorial: Obamacare's 'success' doesn't hold up to scrutiny

Salt Lake County Republicans, Democrats to hold conventions

Box Elder County residents concerned over farmer's use of biosolids

Some big GOP names coming to Utah

Economic development board approves incentives to create 135 jobs

Lawmakers to BLM: Sending seized Nevada cattle to Utah 'imprudent and careless'

Salt Lake Chamber honors Mike Leavitt for service to Utah

Same-sex marriage in Utah now in federal judges' hands


Editorial: Davis spat tars caucuses (Standard-Examiner)

Davis GOP chief says ethics complaint against him dismissed (Standard-Examiner)

Commission and sheriff's races key for Davis Republicans (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

House passes Ryan budget (Politico)

Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman (Politico)

Limbaugh: CBS has 'declared war on the heartland of America' by hiring Colbert (Politico)

Holder says GOP treats him differently (The Hill)

King may flip to GOP in 2015 (The Hill)

Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton at Vegas speech (USA Today)

Obama wraps himself in civil rights legacy of President Lyndon Johnson (Reuters)

Republicans target ex-IRS officer over 2013 tax scandal (Reuters)

Jindal joins those calling for lawmaker to resign (Associated Press)

Pelosi: Race Has Role in GOP Immigration Stance (Associated Press)

11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL (Associated Press)

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