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Shurtleff responds to a report critical of his behavior while in office. Republicans and Democrats set to hold state conventions. UTA sets a ridership record.


  • 2 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 62 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 193 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 277 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 557 days to the 2015 elections
  • 622 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 928 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff responds to a report critical of his behavior during the prosecution of Marc Jenson [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Here are some of the head-scratching highlights from that report [City Weekly].
  • Utah's Democrats and Republicans are set to hold their state conventions on Saturday [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Former BLM director Pat Shea and Rep. Ken Ivory clash over whether the state should take control of federal land [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz responds to his critics ahead of the GOP State Convention [Daily Herald].
  • Justin Fawson, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Ryan Wilcox, resigns his position on the Ogden City Council [Standard-Examiner].
  • UTA sets a ridership record thanks to the recently-completed Comic Con [Tribune].
  • The number of Utahns with a college degree is up, but not enough to fill job market demands [Tribune].
  • The Mayor of South Jordan wants the Hale Center Theatre to relocate to his city [Deseret News].
  • Critics say the Jordan School District overpaid for land in the Daybreak development [KSL].
On this day in history:
  • 1800 - Congress approves a bill establishing the Library of Congress
  • 1877 - Federal troops leave New Orleans, ending the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.
  • 1898 - Spain declares war on the United States after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
  • 1980 - The U.S. launched an attempt to free the American hostages in Iran. That attempt failed, killing eight U.S. servicemen.
  • 1990 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off carrying the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 2005 - Pope Benedict XVI became the leader of the Roman Catholic Church

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Convention Predictions
Utah Republicans and Democrats meet this weekend in their 2014 candidate nomination conventions....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: A Political Lesson From Your Friendly, Neighborhood Comic Nerd
One of the knocks on our political culture is the polarization that makes it impossible for both sides to come together and talk....

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....

Featured Items

Getting Employees Involved in the Legislative Process
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Utah Finds Success Attracting Recreation Businesses
CompanyWeek profiles Brad Petersen, director of the new Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, which was established in 2013to support Utah's growing recreation brand....

Weekly Survey: Will Utah Host the 2016 Democratic National Convention?
It was announced this week that Salt Lake City is on the final list of cities invited to bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. What do you think the chances are that Utah will land the event? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah can't keep sprawling

Shurtleff responds to report critical of his conduct in Jenson case

Number of Utahns with degrees inches up, but too slowly

Western lands takeover: Former BLM chief, state lawmaker clash

Utah's political parties to prune candidates

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Higher education reform

Jay Evensen: In predicting the future, we seem to miss the most obvious trends

Editorial: Utah is not a swing state and should focus political and civic energies elsewhere

Higher education, demographics among proposed changes to school grading system

GOP, Democrats holding state conventions Saturday

Could Salt Lake City host Democratic National Convention?

Mark Shurtleff says new report based on 'tall tales,' vows to fight any charges


Chaffetz readies for nomination, sets record straight (Daily Herald)

New House member Fawson resigns N. Ogden council seat (Standard-Examiner)

State lawmakers granted Weber County's $1.5 million gun range request (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama trade push gets thumbs down from Democrats (Politico)

Regrets? John McCain has a few (The Hill)

Obama: Russia sanctions 'teed up' (The Hill)

Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods (KMPH)

Clinton gets warm reception in Boston (Boston Globe)

Southern Whites' Loyalty to G.O.P. Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats (New York Times)

Justice Department expands prisoner clemency push (Dallas Morning News)

Patriot or terrorist? Feelings strong about armed Nevada rancher who repelled feds (Dallas Morning News)

Affirmative Action ban prompts heated High Court debate (Detroit News)

A Jeb Bush candidacy would show differences on immigration (Post-Dispatch)

Top court rejects award for Pa. child porn victim (Post-Gazette)

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