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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 29, 2014

Bob Bernick writes about how the national Republicans are changing the presidential nomination process to help the eventual nominee have a better chance against the Democratic nominee.


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Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Bob Bernick writes about how the national Republicans are changing the presidential nomination process to help the eventual nominee have a better chance against the Democratic nominee (Utah Policy).
  • In an essay, LaVarr Webb notes that spouting rhetoric is easy, while governing is hard, and Republicans should talk more realistically if they want to be prepared to actually take over the government (Utah Policy).
  • Sen. Mike Lee is operating a "shadow party" to develop a conservative reform agenda for Republicans (National Review).
  • CBS "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer says Mitt Romney may run for president for a third time if Jeb Bush decides not to run (Washington Post).
  • Former GOP Executive Director Ivan DuBois and his wife, Megan, are encouraging Republicans to support gay rights (Tribune).
  • Want to hunt crows? Utah wildlife officials are considering opening crow-hunting season (Tribune).
  • A Deseret News editorial supports Gov. Gary Herbert's proposal to use new methodology to measure school performance (Deseret News).
  • A Salt Lake Tribune editorial says declining vaccination rates shows that child immunizations should be required, not optional (Tribune).

Today At Utah Policy

Nation GOP Changing Processes to Benefit Presidential Nominee
Don't expect to see two dozen debates between the 2016 Republican presidential candidates, nor "biased" questions from debate moderators.Oh, and the National Republican Convention in 2016?It won't be in August, the traditional month, but in July.The changes, says Utah GOP Na...

Lee Pushes to Reform GOP for 2016 and Beyond
Sen. Mike Lee is operating a "shadow party" within the GOP, developinga conservative reform agenda that he hopes will serve as inspiration for Republicanpresidential candidates in 2016....

Third Time's the Charm for Romney?
CBS News' Bob Schieffer cites a source claimingthat Mitt Romney may launch a 2016 presidential bid if Jeb Bush decides not to run....

Source: Prosecutors Readying Indictments Against Swallow, Shurtleff
Local prosecutors are on the verge of issuing multi-count criminal indictments against former Utah Republican AGs John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff, a source has told UtahPolicy....

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