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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 21, 2014

Lawmakers discuss how to gain control of public lands. Amendment 3 appeal might be thrown out on technicality. Reyes refusing questionable campaign donations.


  • 5 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 65 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 196 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 280 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 560 days to the 2015 elections
  • 625 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 931 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Lawmakers from across the west gather in Salt Lake City to discuss how to get the federal government to give up control of public lands [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Utah's appeal of the ruling striking down Amendment 3 might be thrown out on a technicality [Tribune].
  • Search warrants from the criminal investigation into former Attorney General John Swallow went to a number of entities, including internet and cell phone companies [Tribune].
  • Attorney General Sean Reyes says he is refusing questionable campaign donations [Tribune].
  • Utah officials unveil a number of big-ticket transportation construction projects they hope to begin soon [Tribune].
  • Surrounding states are keeping a close eye on Utah's efforts to come up with an alternative to Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  • Utah's jobless rate inched up last month [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Weird! A private jet registered to Ogden-based Bank of Utah has been spotted in the VIP section of an airport in Iran [Tribune]. Iranian officials say the plane has been chartered by the Ghanaian government [Tribune].
  • A study says Utah's rate of urban-sprawl is the second-fastest in the nation [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake's inversion problem could hurt tourism and business development [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • 1789 - John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.
  • 1836 - Texans, led by Sam Houston, defeated the Mexicans in the battle of San Jacinto, paving the way for Texas' independence.
  • 1910 - Author Mark Twain died at age 74.
  • 1918 - Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the "Red Baron," was killed in action during World War I.
  • 1977 - The musical "Annie" opened on Broadway.
  • 1980 - Rosie Ruiz was disqualified as winner of the Boston Marathon after it was discovered she jumped into the race about a mile from the finish.
  • 1995 - Timothy McVeigh was arrested in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Paul Rolly: Utah's caucus system: The few pick for the many

Op-ed: Bonuses are making UTA better

Op-ed: Time to take a swing at financial literacy

Op-ed: Legislature made excellent progress on air quality

Editorial: Time to cap payday-lending rates

Utah's unemployment rate ticked up in March

Paul Rolly: Taking Utah County's wackiness to a new level

Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover

Gun-rights activists celebrate Patriots' Day at Utah Capitol

Study: Utah has second-fastest urban sprawl

Big, pricey future Utah highway projects unveiled

Swallow warrants went to Google, Yahoo and Apple

Why all the hate for Salt Lake City's new federal courthouse?

Washington Insight: The Sagebrush Rebellion lives on with Bundy dispute

Deseret News

John Florez: Our economy is a matter of health

Editorial: Dramatic transformation over past century demonstrates progress on voting rights

Utah jobless rate up slightly at 4.1 percent

Utah wind power poised to increase

Sierra Club labels Utah oil shale, tar sands region great 'climate disrupter'

Western states to feds: Turn over public lands

Idaho, Wyoming watching Utah's Medicaid expansion efforts

Salt Lake City's inversion problem could mean bad news for business

Utah's new adaptive testing system draws praise, criticism


Editorial: A 383-vote Weber Commission (Standard-Examiner)

Davis Democrats tout growing numbers (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Keystone decision delayed yet again (Politico)

The highs and lows of legal pot (Politico)

Obama-Cantor relationship sours (The Hill)

Warren fills void for Democrats as Hillary stays on the sidelines (The Hill)

Rubio's donor base grows (The Hill)

DNC head: Midterms not about Obama (The Hill)

Ex-justice says politics can be factor on retiring (Associated Press)

Sen. Warren willing to take on system (USA Today)

China shadow to follow Obama (Oman Observer)

California farmers to get more water (Washington Post)

Study: Fuels From Corn Waste Not Better Than Gas (Associated Press)

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