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Thursday, April 24, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 24, 2014
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.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 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
On this day in history:
- 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].
- 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
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