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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 9, 2014

More allegations about former Attorney General John Swallow. Election controversy in Iron County begins to intensify. Utah County politicians facing fines for failing to file financial disclosures.


  • 16 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 76 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 209 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 292 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 572 days to the 2015 elections
  • 637 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 943 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • An unreleased report about the investigation into former Attorney General John Swallow raises even more red flags about Swallow's behavior [Tribune].
  • A dispute over whether the Iron County GOP Chairman should resign because he's running for office is heating up ahead of the county convention this weekend [Utah Policy].
  • A Davis County GOP officer files an ethics complaint against party chairman Phill Wright, alleging he verbally abused her during a party meeting and kept delegate lists away from her [Standard-Examiner].
  • Democratic Congressional candidate Doug Owens puts up some respectable early fundraising numbers [Utah Policy].
  • House Speaker Becky Lockhart and four other Utah County legislative candidates are facing fines from the Lt. Governor's office for missing a deadline for filing financial disclosures [Daily Herald].
  • Salt Lake County officials are trying to figure out why sales tax revenue dropped more than they expected [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott lays into one of Mayor Ralph Becker's nominees for the city Planning Commission who used to be Becker's campaign manager [Tribune].
  • Utah same-sex marriage advocates have been more vocal than supporters of "traditional marriage" ahead of this week's hearing over Amendment 3 in a federal appeals court [Deseret News].
  • LaVarr Webb tells a story from the early days in Mike Leavitt's first race for governor [Utah Policy].
  • The University of Utah is weighing changes to the school's fight song because critics say it's "discriminatory" [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1865 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox.
  • 1940 - Germany invaded Denmark and Norway during World War II.
  • 1942 - American and Philippine forces surrendered to the Japanese during World War II.
  • 1959 - NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.
  • 1969 - Bob Dylan released his album "Nashville Skyline."
  • 1992 - Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami on drug and racketeering charges.
  • 2003 - Iraqis celebrated the end of Saddam Hussein's regime by tearing down a statue of Saddam Hussein in downtown Baghdad.

Today At Utah Policy

Iron County Election Brouhaha Intensifies
State GOP chairman James Evans believes Iron County Republicans need to step up and end the "clear" violation of party rules as county Chair Blake Cozzens challenges incumbent District 72 Rep. John Westwood, R-Cedar City.Evans says while county parties have significant auton...

Democrat Owen Posts Surprisingly Strong Fundraising Numbers
Democratic Congressional candidate Doug Owens pulled in $125,000 in donations in the six weeks after he announced his campaign....

Watch This Brutal PSA that Warns Against Texting While Driving
This PSA from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration pulls no punches about the dangers of texting while driving....

Wait, What? Apparently There's Something Called 'Chicken Boxing'
Yeah, we've never heard of it either...but apparently it's a thing in Louisiana....

2014 Candidate Tracker (Updated)
The latest updates from Utah's 2014 elections!...

Utah GOP Looking to Shore Up Fundraising Operations
How do you make political fundraising lemons into lemonade?Utah State GOP Chairman James Evans thinks he's found a way....

Featured Items

Mike Leavitt Memories: Go Negative, or Not?
On Thursday, the Salt Lake Chamber will honor former Gov. Mike Leavitt as "A Giant in Our City." The Chamber is soliciting stories and memories about Leavitt. Here's an experience, going way back to 1992, when I managed Leavitt's first campaign for governor. It illustrates t...

Lehi-Based Lie Detecting Technology Company will Join Governor's Trade Mission
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, leading an executive trade mission in Mexico, invited technology start-up Converus to join the delegation and to present during a business briefing in Mexico City on April 8....

Utah Receives Neighborly Advice from Mexico on Air Quality During Trade Mission
Governor Gary R. Herbert, with key Utah leaders, scheduled a serious discussion with Mexican authorities around the topic of air quality during the trade mission to Mexico....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: 'Public' land is not open for anything

48 of 50 states increased 2013 revenue - Utah, too

County perplexed by drop in sales tax revenues

Paul Rolly: With students on break, test-bucking teacher gets canned

Becker ally grilled by Garrott as he seeks spot on Planning Commission

BLM holsters plan to sell seized cattle in Utah

Utah receives 'B-' for spending transparency

New report raises new questions about Swallow, Shurtleff

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Utah takes a step in fighting the coming drone wars

Editorial: Afghanistan's election a sign that war was worth the cost

Utahns paying close attention to dispute between BLM, Nevada rancher

The most transparent states for government spending

Same-sex marriage advocates making more noise than traditional marriage supporters


Candidates facing fine after missing filing deadline (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Curriculum bill was flawed (Standard-Examiner)

Davis GOP secretary files ethics complaint against party chairman (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

John Roberts gets the parties started (Politico)

GOP challenges Holder on legality of employer mandate delay (The Hill)

Reid: Dems would be 'fine' if election today (The Hill)

Kerry: Russia using 'provocateurs' to sow chaos in Ukraine (The Hill)

'Duck Dynasty' congressman says kiss won't drive him out (Christian Science Monitor)

U.S. to cut nuclear launchers under treaty with Russia (Reuters)

Holder, Gohmert Clash: 'You Don't Want to Go There, Buddy' (NBC News)

Reinvented Sharpton Faces Old Questions About Past (NBC News)

New Jersey pols: give us Bridgegate evidence clearing Christie and make it quick (New York Daily News)

Feds: Calif. pol Leland Yee schemed to trade arms for campaign cash (CNN)

Obama to Visit Site of Washington Landslide (Wall Street Journal)

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