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Monday, April 7, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 7, 2014

Corroon enters the race for Democratic Party Chair. Group to launch pro-same-sex marriage TV ads in Utah. Becker takes heat for nominating his former campaign manager to the planning committee.


  • 18 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 78 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 211 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 294 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 574 days to the 2015 elections
  • 639 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 945 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • As we told you a week ago, former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon joins the race for chair of the Utah Democratic Party [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • With a new chairman, will Utah's Democrats shift their focus back to issues like education? [Deseret News]
  • Members of Utah's Congressional delegation could get some prime committee spots following the 2014 midterm elections [Tribune].
  • A group will launch pro-same-sex marriage TV ads in Utah this week [Tribune].
  • The lawyers fighting Utah's ban on same-sex marriage talk about why they decided to take on the case [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is catching some heat for nominating his former campaign manager for a spot on the planning commission [Tribune].
  • Sen. Stuart Reid talks about his life in politics as both a Republican and a Democrat [Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake County will be part of a pilot program to allow those with disabilities to cast their votes online [Deseret News].
  • The Utah County GOP convention this week will basically decide who will run the county government [Daily Herald].
  • The number of Utah parents who are opting their kids out of state standardized testing is on the rise [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1862 - Union forces defeated Confederates at the battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
  • 1913 - 5,000 suffragists marched to the Captiol in Washington, D.C., seeking the vote for women.
  • 1927 - The first successful long-distance transmission of a television signal sent the image and voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover from Washington to New York.
  • 1939 - Italy invaded Albania.
  • 1947 - Automotive pioneer Henry Ford died at the age of 83.
  • 1949 - The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on Broadway.
  • 1969 - The Supreme Court struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.
  • 1990 - Former national security advisor John Poindexter was convicted of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. An appeals court later reversed those convictions.
  • 2009 - Vermont became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Some cry foul over party chair/candidate

Op-ed: Utah can have its security and privacy too

Op-ed: Hatch leads on access for disabled, but other Utahns fall short

Editorial: Governor wields his veto pen carefully

Rolly: Beware, Salt Lake City parking cops don't give an inch

Utahns' state-local tax burden dropping over time

SLC Mayor Becker names former manager to Planning Commission

Ex-Salt Lake County mayor and a BYU professor are in race to lead Utah Democratic Party

Taxpayer-backed Utah satellite project reboots with new backer

Utah's delegation could land prime power spots

More Utah parents saying 'no' to standardized school tests

Paul Rolly: The challenge Chief Burbank faces in fighting police brutality

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Harbingers of spring - cherry blossoms and political wrangling

Robert Bennett: More, rather than less, political speech is a good thing

Op-ed: The Utah insurance gap: Why we can't wait anymore

Editorial: Mozilla makes a mockery of diversity and freedom

Corroon, Davis running for state Democratic Party chairman

Utah embraces trio of renewable energy firsts

County clerks mulling option to allow Utahns with disabilities vote electronically

Investigation into Escalante oil spills continues

Stuart Reid: a view from both sides of the aisle

Will Utah Democrats' focus shift to 'bread-and-butter' issues?


County GOP may decide county government at convention (Daily Herald)

Editorial: A lack of candidates (Standard-Examiner)

Incumbent Greenwood of Roy drops out of House District 12 race (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

In the 'credentials caucus,' GOP's 2016 hopefuls study policy and seek advisers (Washington Post)

Pelosi rebuffs Gibbs on O-Care prediction (The Hill)

Hayden: Interrogation report not objective (The Hill)

For Dems, a problem with seniors (The Hill)

Will flash trades now lead to a financial transaction tax? (The Hill)

Jeb Bush Says He'll Make Decision on Bid This Year (ABC News)

Obama to launch executive actions on equal pay for women (Reuters)

Obama-Ortiz selfie causes problems for White House (State Column)

Nancy Pelosi blames CIA's 'enhanced interrogation' on Dick Cheney (CBS News)

Report: Government Missing Files For $6 Billion In Contracts (Associated Press)

Early release on the table for Jesse Jackson Jr.? (Chicago Sun-Times)

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