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Monday, April 14, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 14, 2014

Republicans dump Rep. Jim Bird. Iwamoto knocks out Romero. UTA doubles bonuses for execs.


  • 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
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • 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].
On this day in history:
  • 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.

Today At Utah Policy

Was 'Count My Vote" Compromise a Factor During County Conventions?
Once again proving that all elections are local, only one Utah House Republican incumbent who voted for the SB54 compromise bill last session, that marginalizes party delegates' power, lost his re-election bid in his county convention over the weekend....

2014 Candidate Tracker (Updated)
The latest updates from Utah's 2014 elections!...

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....

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Next Leader of Utah's Democrats
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Pactiv Believes Utah is Made of the Right Material to Help it Grow
The Governor's Office of Economic Developmenthas approved a tax incentive that would allow Pactiv, LLC to expand its presence in Utah by establishing a new manufacturing/distribution facility in Salt Lake County....

Sen. Hatch Meets with Utah Businesses to Solve Patent Troll Issues
A who's who of Utah business and technology leaders gathered recently at IM Flash to meet with Sen. Orrin Hatch to discuss the serious issues patent trolls pose to companies and to discuss common sense patent reform....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #184
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott look at some of the interesting matchups ahead of the county conventions, the latest from the John Swallow criminal investigation and who will be the new leader of the Utah Democrats....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Congress must act to keep Utah's exports moving

Rolly: Count My Vote still prickling Republicans

Editorial: Not best choice

Utah County GOP: Rematch coming in heated House race

'Nation's largest landlord' finds democracy messy

Salt Lake County GOP: Convention tough on incumbents

Big day for women at Salt Lake Democratic convention

24 Utah providers billed Medicare $1M or more in 2012

UTA doubled execs' bonuses last year while seeking tax hike

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Why the change of public opinion on same-sex marriage?

Robert Bennett: Making our own spending decisions: The Affordable Care Act's folly

Editorial: Sebelius' resignation doesn't end the controversies

Editorial: The Ten Commandments in today's society

Editorial: Begin preparing now for eventual online voting in Utah

Gov. Herbert: Sebelius resignation won't slow Medicaid expansion talks

Escalante 'pinhole' oil leak may have spilled more than initially estimated

Utah attorney general encourages traditional marriage supporters to 'take the high road'

Moab's dilemma: Can recreation coexist with energy?

Natural gas pipeline is a line in the sand

Rep. Bird, Auditor Hawkins lose reelection bids at Salt Lake County GOP convention

Salt Lake County Democrats nominate Iwamoto for Senate District 4 seat

Striking a balance: Moab's future hinges on energy and recreation


Gary Anderson knocked out of county commission race (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Immigration reform: It's time to get it done (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: F-35, not A-10, is Hill's future (Standard-Examiner)

Weber Republicans dump Zogmaister; Ebert wins nomination (Standard-Examiner)

Air Quality Consortium to focus on cleaning up Cache Valley air (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Nevada range fight revives 'Sagebrush Rebellion' (Christian Science Monitor)

How the Obama peace process went 'poof' (Politico)

Sebelius says departure was her choice (Politico)

Power: Ramp-up of Russia sanctions possible (Politico)

Senators warn of Bush fatigue if Jeb runs (The Hill)

Sebelius: Pressure after rollout was 'awful' (The Hill)

Cantor wary of Ex-Im battle (The Hill)

Sebelius says timeline for ObamaCare rollout 'flat out wrong' (FOX News)

BLM to pursue effort to end dispute with rancher (Associated Press)

President Obama Paid $2,310 In Obamacare Tax in 2013 (Forbes)

DCCC chair Steve Israel: 'Significant extent' of Republicans are racist (Washington Examiner)

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