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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 28, 2014

Mia Love wins the GOP nomination. Democrats pick Peter Corroon as their new chairman. Shurtleff facing a complaint in front of the Utah Bar.


  • 58 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 189 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 273 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 553 days to the 2015 elections
  • 618 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 924 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Mia Love easily grabs the GOP nomination in Utah's 4th District. Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart also cruise to their own nominations [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Utah's Democrats tap Peter Corroon as their new party chair [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Corroon says his first order of business is expanding the party beyond Salt Lake County [Utah Policy].
  • Utah Republicans give Sen. Mike Lee a rousing reception at their convention [Utah Policy].
  • Republican delegates boot one legislative incumbent, send another to a primary [Utah Policy].
  • A records request shows Mia Love occasionally used her Saratoga Springs email for political purposes [Huffington Post]. Love's campaign shrugs off those charges, saying any violation was inadvertent [Daily Herald].
  • Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is now facing a complaint in front of the Utah Bar [Tribune].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says immigration reform would boost job growth for Americans [Tribune].
  • The NSA Data Center in Bluffdale is using less water than originally thought [Tribune].
  • Who are the biggest political donors in Utah? [Fox 13]
  • A federal court rejects a claim by Utah officials that a creek bed in Canyonlands National park is a roadway [Tribune].
  • Both sides in the fight over Utah's Amendment 3, which bans same-sex marriage, want the Utah Supreme Court to weigh in on the battle [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • 1758 - James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, was born.
  • 1788 - Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1789 - The crew of the British ship mutinied, setting Captain William Bligh adrift.
  • 1945 - Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was executed.
  • 1967 - Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army.
  • 1980 - Secretary of State Cyrus Vance resigned over his opposition to the failed mission to rescue American hostages in Iran.
  • 1994 - Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who gave secrets to the Soviet Union and Russia, pleaded guilty to espionage and tax evasion.
  • 1996 - President Bill Clinton gave 4 1/2 hours of videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
  • 2003 - Apple launches the iTunes store.
  • 2004 - The first photos of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal were shown.
  • 2009 - Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah school grading system should be replaced

Utah leaders split over strategy in public-lands fight

Senator Hatch: Immigration reform would create jobs

Mia Love clinches Republican nomination at Utah convention

Republicans rally troops for election year

Utah Democrats elect Corroon as chairman, tap Owens in 4th District

Utah, county lose again in dispute over Canyonlands path

Paul Rolly: Now Salt Lake City is peddling private insurance

Deseret News

Robert Bennett: The two-parent family is good economics

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Why are some big controversies a non-issue in election year?

John Florez: Students and teachers are collateral damage

Editorial: Salt Lake City and Utah need to continue to make progress on air quality

Editorial: Utah's model for 'smart growth' and containing sprawl

Western GOP panel: Bundy symptomatic of larger problem

Sen. Ted Cruz: Stand up for your liberties

Rancher Bundy doesn't back down, from words or deeds

Moab tailings cleanup reaches 5-year mark

Utah Democrats pick ex-S.L. County Mayor Peter Corroon as party chairman

Easy wins at GOP convention for congressmen, Love

State wants Utah Supreme Court to intervene in gay marriage recognition case


Love nixes accusations of campaign violations (Daily Herald)

Love wins big at GOP state convention (Daily Herald)

Summit, Wasatch Counties discuss Mountain Accord (Park Record)

State legislators pushing for transfer of federal lands (Park Record)

National Headlines

Lorraine Miller: Sterling won't receive NAACP award (Politico)

WH: Sanctions are hurting Putin (The Hill)

Rep. Ellmers: Time for a vote on Keystone XL (The Hill)

Green groups don't avoid pro-Keystone XL pipeline candidates (The Hill)

Iowa Republicans may help Rand Paul White House run (

Homeland Security weighs changes in deportation policy (USA Today)

Clinton: Michigan Democrats Should Tout Health Law (Associated Press)

Rick Santorum: 'A well-armed America is a safer America' (CBS News)

Affirmative action lawyer calls Supreme Court decision on Michigan schools 'racist' (FOX News)

New York Congressman to Be Indicted Next Week (WPRO)

California governor issues second drought emergency proclamation (Reuters)

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