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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 8, 2014

The Amendment 3 fight shifts to a federal appeals court. Utah Republicans hope to boost their fundraising operations. Research finds more suicides on high-pollution days.

Countdown:

  • 17 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 77 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 210 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 293 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 573 days to the 2015 elections
  • 638 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 944 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • The fight over Amendment 3 shifts to a federal appeals court on Thursday as plaintiffs and lawyers for the state make their arguments about same-sex marriage [Deseret News].
  • Here are the key players in the Amendment 3 case [Deseret News].
  • Same-sex marriage advocates hold a send-off rally for the plaintiffs in the case as they head to Denver for the next phase in the case [Tribune].
  • Utah Republicans hatch a plan to shore up their fundraising operations [Utah Policy].
  • BYU professor Richard Davis is in the race to replace Jim Dabakis as chair of the Utah Democratic Party [Daily Herald].
  • Three Utah mega-donors are in the group of people who are affected by the recent Supreme Court ruling removing the cap on individual contributions for political donations [Tribune].
  • Florida is going to pay Utah up to $5.4 million to "rent" test questions for their standardized questions [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • University of Utah researchers find there are more suicides during high-pollution days in Salt Lake County [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake Redevelopment Agency approves a $537,000 purchase, but what they're buying is still a mystery [Tribune].
  • Layton officials slap a moratorium on new apartment buildings in the city [Standard-Examiner].
On this day in history:
  • 1513 - Explorer Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain.
  • 1913 - The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which provided for the direct election of U.S. Senators, was ratified.
  • 1935 - The Works Progress Administration was approved by Congress.
  • 1952 - President Harry Truman seized the steel industry to avert a nationwide strike.
  • 1970 - The Senate rejected President Richard Nixon's nomination of G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court.
  • 1977 - The Clash's self-titled debut album was released in Britain.
  • 1986 - Actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California.
  • 1992 - Tennis player Arthur Ashe announced he had AIDS.
  • 1994 - Rock musician Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  • 2009 - Somali pirates hijacked the Maersk Alabama. Navy sharpshooters later killed two pirates holding the ship's American captain hostage.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Jeb Bush dares the Republicans to embrace immigration reform

Utahns among mega-donors unleashed by court ruling

Amid criticism, Iron County, BLM plan wild horse roundup

Salt Lake City leaders to vote to approve funds for unknown RDA purchase

More Utah parents saying 'no' to statewide school tests

Utah's Common Core test is making the state money

Suicides more frequent during pollution spikes, Utah research shows

Deseret News

Nathan B. Oman: Gay marriage boycotts are not good for the market economy

Op-ed: How many are really signing up with the ACA?

Editorial: A mom and a dad

Editorial: America's tax obligations are growing

Utah higher education selected for multi-state collaboration

Amendment 3 players

Florida to pay Utah $5.4M for Common Core test rental

Utah same-sex marriage debate shifts to appeals court Thursday

Supreme Court turns deaf ear on New Mexico gay wedding photo case

Other

BYU professor looking to lead state Democratic party (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

GOP report: IRS singled out Tea Party (The Hill)

White House warns Russia about raising tensions in Ukraine (The Hill)

GOP confident about Paul Ryan's budget (Politico)

Jeb Bush says illegal immigration not a felony but an 'act of love' (Los Angeles Times)

Report: Video shows married congressman kissing staffer (Chicago Sun-Times)

On Twitter and Video, Biden Steps up Role for Dems (Associated Press)

Scott Brown to formalize Senate run with rally (Politico)

David Ortiz selfie scandal rocks White House (USA Today)

Next year's high-skilled visas snapped up in days (Seattle Times)

Pensions pose latest challenge for Chicago mayor (Associated Press)





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