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Friday, April 18, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 18, 2014

Utah's population set to explode. The number of wildfires in the west is on the rise.


  • 7 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 67 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 199 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 283 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 563 days to the 2015 elections
  • 628 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 934 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • A new study says Utah will double its population by 2050 [Tribune].
  • A Republican candidate for Utah County Commission, who is likely to win, has several bankruptcies and a theft conviction in his background [Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • Researchers say wildfires are on the rise in the western U.S. [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says his recently completed trade mission to Mexico will pay dividends for the state [Tribune].
  • Herbert helps kick off the festivities at Salt Lake Comic Con [Utah Policy].
  • The new head of the IRS stops in Ogden and tells workers there they will have to do more with less [Standard-Examiner, Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1775 - Paul Revere began his ride from Charlestown to Lexington warning that the British were coming.
  • 1906 - A major earthquake hit San Francisco, killing more than 3,000 people.
  • 1946 - The League of Nations went out of business
  • 1955 - Physicist Albert Einstein died at the age of 76.
  • 1978 - The U.S. Senate voted to hand control of the Panama Canal to the Panamanians on Dec. 31, 1999.
  • 2007 - The Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on partial-birth abortion.
  • 2012 - American Bandstand host Dick Clark died at the age of 82.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Label Makers
As we've moved past the county conventions and head into the state conventions and then the June primary, watch how GOP legislative candidates are defining themselves....

Herbert Kicks off Comic Con
Gov. Gary Herbert was on hand to kick off the latest iteration of Comic Con, which is rapidly becoming one of, if not the, biggest convention in Utah....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Remember My Name
Two names are going to dominate Utah politics for the next decade or so - Cox and McAdams....

Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #185
Will Governor Herbert be able to get the feds and Utah lawmakers to sign off on his "Healthy Utah" Medicaid expansion alternative? Plus, a number of surprising results from the county conventions.Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week in politics....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Utah hike of the week: Thousand Oaks section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail--Tribune:Recreation: New Salt Lake City archery center right on target--Tribune:Tenkara rods provide a simpler way to enjoy fly fishing-- For the?latest wildlife news and in...

Could Growing Smog Problem Threaten Salt Lake's Economic Growth?
In its continuing weeklong "America 360" series on Salt Lake City, National Journal looks atthe potential economic impactof air quality problems along the Wasatch Front....

Weekly Survey: Future of the Salt Lake Tribune
The Salt Lake Tribune recently reduced staff (again) and eliminated their stand-alone Saturday faith section. What do you think the future holds for the venerable newspaper? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Snapshot of 2050: An Analysis of Projected Population Changes in Utah
Utah Foundation today released a report analyzing the projected population changes in Utah through 2050....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

ACA demands may limit taxpayer response time, IRS chief says

Herbert: Trade mission bolstered ties to Mexico

Study: Utah to nearly double population by 2050

Shoo-in for Utah County post: Mistakes 'help us to be more suited' for the future

Wildfires really are on the rise in West, Utah researchers say

Paul Rolly: Anonymous hit piece writer apologizes, anonymously

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Infatuated with his good looks, the false god of Narcissus falls victim to the 'selfie'

Op-ed: Eliminating the root cause of bullying

Editorial: In an entrepreneurial economy, reward job-seekers willing to start businesses

Gov. Herbert: Executing fundamentals for a better bottom line

Demand for high-tech visas far outstrips supply - again


IRS chief tells Ogden workers agency will have to make do with less (Standard-Examiner)

Logan mayor reflects on first 100 days in office (Logan Herald Journal)

Commission candidate says bankruptcy doesn't disqualify him (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Carney: The Toughest Interview Obama Had Was With Jon Stewart (RealClearPolitics)

Gas pipeline that would bypass Russia gets new push (Politico)

The tea party radio network (Politico)

GOP stars steer clear of ranch fight (The Hill)

Snowden calls Putin to talk NSA (The Hill)

Diplomatic deal struck on Ukraine (The Hill)

Christie leads GOP presidential field but trails Clinton in head-to-head matchup, new poll shows (

Hotelier Chatwal Pleads Guilty to Campaign Fraud (Wall Street Journal)

CBO on Obama Budget: Higher Deficits Than Claimed (Associated Press)

New Hampshire lawmakers fail to pass death penalty repeal (Chicago Tribune)

Candidates try to stand out in crowded GOP field (Associated Press)

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