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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 4, 2014

Herbert praises Utah's economy. Iron County's GOP chairman is generating some controversy by challenging for a Utah House seat.


  • 21 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 81 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 214 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 297 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 577 days to the 2015 elections
  • 642 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 948 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Gov. Gary Herbert touts Utah's economy at his annual economic summit [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  • Controversy erupts in Iron County when the GOP Chairman there decides to run for the legislature [Utah Policy].
  • Bob Bernick says the "Count My Vote" compromise should help moderate Utah's politics [Utah Policy].
  • Utahns get their chance to air their concerns about the states criminal justice system [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Iron County officials tell the Bureau of Land Management to come up with a plan for removing wild horses or they will take the matter into their own hands [Tribune].
  • A new survey says workplace discrimination against older Utahns is rampant [Tribune].
  • A Utah appeals court upholds the firing of a Davis County attorney who was dismissed because of misconduct during a criminal trial [Deseret News, Standard-Examiner].
  • The Obama administration opens Medicare to elderly, same-sex couples who are legally married, including those in Utah [Tribune].
  • The South Jordan City Council unveils a study calling for a major mixed-used development near the Frontrunner station there [Tribune].
  • Reporters will not be allowed on Temple Square during this weekend's LDS General Conference [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1818 - Congress decided the U.S. flag would add a new star for every new state admitted to the union.
  • 1841 - President William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia one month after his inauguration, becoming the first U.S. president to die while in office.
  • 1850 - The city of Los Angeles was incorporated.
  • 1887 - Susanna Medora Salter became the first woman elected mayor of an American community - Argonia, Kansas.
  • 1949 - Twelve nations, including the United States, sign the North Atlantic Treaty.
  • 1968 - Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 1981 - Henry Cisneros became the first Hispanic elected mayor of a major U.S. city - San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1983 - Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
  • 1988 - The Arizona Senate convicted Gov. Evan Mecham of two charges of official misconduct and removed him from office.
  • 2003 - U.S. forces seized Saddam International Airport outside Baghdad.
  • 2006 - The Iraq tribunal charged Saddam Hussein with genocide and crimes against humanity.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Family Squabbles
One GOP state House member has already gotten out of his re-election bid, while others are finding serious challengers....

Controversy Roiling Iron County GOP
A contested legislative seat in Iron County is sparking controversy within the Utah Republican Party....

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....

Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #183
Gov. Gary Herbert vetoes three bills, the "Count My Vote" compromise causes problems for some lawmakers and Utah Democrats look for a new leader. Plus, Bob admits he's a "Facebook Stalker." Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down the week in Utah politics....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Utah Hike of the week: Angels Landing in Zion National Park--Tribune:Dutch John - a Utah town fishing for a future--Tribune:Millions in federal excise taxes support Utah wildlife-- Tribune: Deer population increase likely to yield more hunting permits-...

What the Proposed NSA Reforms Wouldn't Do
Ten months after Edward Snowden's first disclosures, three main legislative proposals have emerged for surveillance reform: one from President Obama, one from the House Intelligence Committee, and one proposal favored by civil libertarians....

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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Gov. Herbert shares secret to Utah's good economy

Economist forecasts growth, if slowed, for Utah

Survey finds widespread work discrimination for older Utahns

Representative Greenwood drops out of House race

Families, former inmates, experts critique Utah criminal justice system

Iron County to feds: Remove wild horses or we will

Utah ed board may tell schools: Don't embarrass the kids

Medicare open to Utah's elderly, married same-sex couples

Deseret News

Op-ed: Good choices allow Utahns to enjoy economic success

Op-ed: Bridging digital inequality: Not all kids' computer time should be limited

Utahns offer input on criminal justice system reform

Fundamentals are the secret to Utah success, Herbert says


Editorial: Student loan debt harms futures (Standard-Examiner)

Pentagon pushes plan for new BRAC round (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Americans Say 75 Percent of Politicians Are Corrupted, 70 Percent Use Political Power to Hurt Enemies (Reason)

April 15 mixes tax, Obamacare deadlines (Politico)

John Roberts's rules of money in politics (Politico)

Boehner says there's 'no question' mentally ill shouldn't have guns (The Hill)

Reid: No plans to revive gun control legislation (The Hill)

Fort Hood shooter saw no combat in Iraq (USA Today)

Bill Clinton: Aliens May Exist (Daily Beast)

U.S. House Panel to Vote as Soon as April 10 on Lerner Contempt (Bloomberg)

Senate panel votes to declassify part of CIA report (USA Today)

New York Can Block Religious Services in Schools, Appeals Panel Rules (New York Times)

Charles Koch calls critics 'collectivists' (Politico)

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