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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 3, 2014

Herbert vetoes three bills. Rep. Richard Greenwood will not seek another term in the House. More cuts coming to the Salt Lake Tribune.


  • 22 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 82 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 215 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 298 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 578 days to the 2015 elections
  • 643 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 949 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Gov. Gary Herbert vetoes three bills from the 2014 session, including onestemming from the John Swallow investigation [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • Rep. Richard Greenwood will not seek another term in the legislature [Utah Policy].
  • Gov. Herbert signs a bill expanding a public/private partnership to increase preschool opportunities for at-risk children [Daily Herald].
  • The Supreme Court strikes down some campaign contribution limits for federal races [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake Tribune is bracing for more budget cuts [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Economists predictslowed growth for Utah [Tribune].
  • U.S. Forest Service officials report an oil leak in the Dixie National Forest [Tribune].
  • A study from the University of Utah says reducing urban sprawl can increase economic mobility [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1860 - The Pony Express began service between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California.
  • 1865 - Union forces occupied the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1882 - Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Missouri.
  • 1924 - Actor Marlin Brando was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • 1948 - President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan.
  • 1968 - Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech less than 24 hours before he was assassinated.
  • 1996 - Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was arrested.
  • 1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average topped 9,000 for the first time.
  • 2009 - Iowa's Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

Today At Utah Policy

Herbert Vetoes Three Bills; Lawmakers to Consider Override Session
Now that GOP Gov. Gary Herbert has vetoed three bills, it's up to the 104 part-time lawmakers to decide if they want to call themselves into a special veto-override session....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Legacy Building
Time is running out for Sen. Orrin Hatch....

Greenwood Withdraws Bid for Re-Election
Rep. Richard Greenwood (R-Roy) has withdrawn from the House District 12 race, ending his bid for another term on Utah's Capitol Hill....

The Top-5 'Most Vulnerable' Utah House Seats in 2014
There's a bi-partisan bent to our list of the "most vulnerable" seats in the Utah House heading into the 2014 election. Three are currently held by Democrats and two belong to the GOP....

SB 54 Vote Could Cause Problems for Some Legislators
Fourteen GOP state House members and three Republican senators, all seeking re-election this year, are facing some tough questions by their party delegates over why they voted for SB54 in the 2014 Legislature, which ended just a few weeks ago....

Featured Items

Weekly Survey: Will Swallow or Shurtleff be Prosecuted?
Will former Attorneys General John Swallow or Mark Shurtleff be prosecuted as a result of the scandal that forced Swallow from office? Vote now in our weekly survey....

How the 2014 General Session Impacted Business
The Utah business community commends the Utah legislature for another great year for business....

'Utah's Own' Food Products Contribute to a Tasty Economic Summit
World class business leaders will gather together to learn, network and share some meals during the 8th Annual Governor's Economic Summit Conference, April 3, 2014 at the Grand America Hotel....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Do not criminalize homelessness

Herbert vetoes subpoena bill

Court loosens rules for big donors

U. of U study: Reducing urban sprawl can improve health, wealth

House fight: The candidates who want to replace Matheson

Veto: Utah parent panel won't review curriculum complaints

Another oil leak reported in southern Utah

Abusing kids now carries harsher sentence for teachers

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Our national parks are a tremendous heritage

Editorial: Supreme Court (correctly) rules that campaigns are speech, too

Gov. Herbert vetoes 3 bills, including 1 stemming from Swallow investigation

Murray mayor appoints new chief of police

Oil spills, leaks plaguing Forest Service, BLM in Grand Staircase-Escalante area

Which 25 states are least dependent on the federal government?

Herbert signs autism insurance bill as Utahns celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

Most Utahns back bill to protect older workers from discrimination

National Headlines

Supreme Court allows more private money in election campaigns (CNN)

RNC chairman: Campaign finance ruling 'a very big victory' (The Hill)

Texas Abortion Providers to File Suit Against Restrictive Law (New York Times)

In Michigan, Obama calls for minimum wage hike (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz: Religious Liberties Under Attack (ABC News)

Columbus, Phoenix out of RNC contest (Politico)

Former CIA Official: No Politics in Benghazi Memo (ABC News)

Another Poll Shows Drug War Policies Rejected (Associated Press)

Senate Report Concludes CIA Interrogation Program 'Misled' Public (Neon Tommy)

Booted frequent flier gets no relief from Supreme Court (Los Angeles Times)

Bowser seeks to unify Democrats, expresses confidence in November win (Washington Post)

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