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Monday, April 14, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 14, 2014
Republicans dump Rep. Jim Bird. Iwamoto knocks out Romero. UTA doubles bonuses for execs.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 11 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
- 71 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 203 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 287 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
- 567 days to the 2015 elections
- 632 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 938 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- Salt Lake County Republicans dump three incumbents, including Rep. Jim Bird, at their convention on Saturday [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Jani Iwamoto knocks out former Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero at the Salt Lake County Democratic convention [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Rep. Dana Layton and former Rep. Brad Dawwill face off in a primary [Tribune].
- The ghost of SB 54 is haunting some legislators [Utah Policy].
- Tea Party groups are pushing a resolution saying SB 54 is unconstitutional [Tribune].
- Gov. Gary Herbert says the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will not derail his effort to find an alternative to Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
- The Utah Transit Authority doubled bonuses to executives last year while seeking a tax hike from the legislature [Tribune].
- Some legal experts say Utah's defense of the ban on same-sex marriage echoes similar arguments used to deny mixed-race marriages [Tribune].
- The Bureau of Land Management backs off a confrontation with a southern Nevada rancher who refused to recognize the BLM's authority [Deseret News].
- A judge orders the Davis County Sheriff to end a program that takes money from the personal accounts of inmates to pay for housing and medical care [Daily Herald].
- 1775 - The first America society for the abolition of slavery was formed in Philadelphia.
- 1828 - The first edition of Webster's "American Dictionary of the English Language" was published.
- 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth.
- 1910 - President William Howard Taft became the first president to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game.
- 1912 - The British ship RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic.
- 1939 - "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck was first published.
- 1981 - The first test flight of the space shuttle Columbia ended successfully.
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