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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 23, 2014

Report slams Shurtleff's behavior during case against Marc Jenson. A plan to revamp Utah's education grading system. Candidates for chair of Utah's Democrats want to shift the party's focus.


  • 3 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 63 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 194 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 278 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 558 days to the 2015 elections
  • 623 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 929 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • A new report says the behavior of former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff during the case against convicted fraudster Marc Jenson "defies explanation," leading many in his office to wonder if he was working against them during the prosecution [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert's education advisor unveils a plan to revamp the state's school grading system, and expand the program to colleges and universities [Tribune].
  • The two men vying to be the next chair of Utah's Democrats say the party needs to shift focus [Utah Policy].
  • Republican delegates to the state convention will consider four resolutions on Saturday [Utah Policy].
  • The Salt Lake City Council approves the appointment of Matt Lyon, a former aide to Mayor Ralph Becker, to the city's Planning Commission [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City is on the list of cities invited to bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop raised a lot of money in the last quarter, but he spent a lot leaving him with less cash on hand than one of his Democratic challengers [Utah Policy].
On this day in history:
  • 1564 - Today is the date generally accepted as the birthdate of poet and playwright William Shakespeare. He died on the same date in 1616.
  • 1789 - President-elect George Washington moved into the first executive mansion in New York City.
  • 1791 - James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, was born.
  • 1971 - The Rolling Stones album "Sticky Fingers" was released.
  • 1985 - The Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing the secret formula for Coke.
  • 2005 - The first video was uploaded to
  • 2007 - Russian president Boris Yeltsin died at the age of 76.
  • 2010 - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the nation's toughest illegal immigration measure into law.

Today At Utah Policy

Candidates for Next Chair of Utah Dems Want to Shift Party's Focus
Along with picking candidates for November's elections, Utah's Democrats will select a new leader this Saturday....

Republican Delegates to Consider Four Resolutions Saturday
A pastime historically enjoyed by political junkies and maybe a few cynical editorial writers around this time every two years are the resolutions/platform amendments proposed by delegates at the state Republican and Democratic conventions....

Interesting Fundraising Numbers from Utah's First Congressional District
The money race in Utah's 1st Congressional District is close...kinda....

Salt Lake City Named as Possible Host to 2016 Democratic Convention
Salt Lake City is one of 16 cities invited to bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention....

What Changes Will SB54 Bring?
Many congressional and legislative candidates are focused now on their upcoming state party conventions to be held this coming Saturday....

Podcast: Battlestar Galactica and Social (and Political) Commentary
Of all the roles Edward James Olmos has played during his career, he says Admiral Adama from Battlestar Galactica was the one that madethe biggest impact....

Featured Items

GOED Deputy Director Named President-Elect of APTAC
With the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development's Procurement Technical Assistance Centers breaking contract records each year, it's little wonder that on March, 26 2014, PTAC's Deputy Director Chuck Spence was named President-Elect of the Association of Procurement ...

Live. Work. Play. Bike.
What do Fort Worth, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City have in common?...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah may trade school letter grades for more detail, include colleges

Republican resolution aims for partisan Utah school boards

100,000 people give fun FanX record-breaking turnout

Last Democrat elected in Utah County dies at 95

County holds off on dropping annexation protest

SLC makes list in bid for Democratic Convention

Former Becker aide appointed to Planning Commission

Rolly: Count My Vote foes give movement an unintended endorsement

Report: Shurtleff's conduct 'defies explanation' in Jenson case

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah's agriculture industry needs immigration reform

Jay Evensen: No more rent for inmates - a decision that makes good sense

Editorial: Western land standoff aside, there is room for compromise with BLM

Salt Lake Comic Con FanX draws 100,000 attendees

Democrats eye 15 cities for 2016 convention, including Salt Lake City

Recent college graduates feeling the pinch of underemployment

Report: Colleagues wondered if A.G. Mark Shurtleff was 'spy' in fraud case


Editorial: Is Senator Lee trending more moderate? (Standard-Examiner)

Students can continue to DREAM in Utah (Park Record)

State party conventions this weekend (Park Record)

National Headlines

The death of the Sunday shows (Politico)

GOP poll defies tide on gay marriage (Politico)

Obama preparing transportation plan (The Hill)

House chairman expects Russia to disrupt Ukraine vote (The Hill)

Regulators open probe of student loan practices (The Hill)

Justices approve state bans on affirmative action (USA Today)

Could Detroit host 2016 Democratic convention? DNC asks for proposal (Detroit Free Press)

Court Critical of Ohio Law Punishing Campaign Lies (ABC News)

Pat Tillman's legacy continues to inspire 10 years after his death (

Hillary Clinton's hard choices (New Yorker)

Democratic Candidate Embraces Obamacare In New Ad (Daily Beast)

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