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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 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
On this day in history:
- 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].
- 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...
|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...
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