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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 30, 2014
Tough News for Democrats
Washington Post-ABC News poll: "Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama's approval rating at a new low, and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president's agenda." Support for Obamacare also continues to decline.
- 56 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 187 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 271 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
- 551 days to the 2015 elections
- 616 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 922 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- Opinion: LaVarr Webb notes what must be done to prepare for a doubling of Utah's population by 2050 (Utah Policy).
- Sen. Mike Lee says most House members want to pass immigration reform, but they want to do it incrementally (Washington Times).
- Utah could lose more than $400 million in federal transportation funds if Congress does not act quickly, but Utah transportation agencies expect Congress to at least maintain current funding levels (Tribune).
- Gov. Gary Herbert is criticized by a wild horse advocacy group for saying the horse population should be reduced even by "taking down" some horses if necessary (Deseret News).
- Australian firm Macquarie Capital Group wants to take over struggling municipal fiber-optic network UTOPIA (Tribune).
- Miller family, owner of the Utah Jazz, supports Clippers owner Donald Sterling's ouster from the NBA (Tribune).
- New law allows liquor licenses to be bought and sold on the open market (Deseret News).
- Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index shows Utah's economy continues to grow (Deseret News).
- Congressman Chris Stewart says the BLM doesn't need a SWAT team and he wants to cut funding for federal agency law enforcement (Tribune).
- Opinion: Jay Evensen says Cliven Bundy makes it harder to solve western land issues (Deseret News).
- Opinion: Richard Davis says public opinion is shifting against the death penalty (Deseret News).
- Editorial: State shouldn't continue to pursue ownership of R.S.2477 roads (Tribune).
- Provo buys Rock Canyon for $1.1 million (Tribune) (Deseret News).
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Slightly Less Terrible
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