ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – February 21, 2014Bryan Schott·February 21, 2014· Share Senate advances anti-Count My Vote bill. House GOP votes to move the prison. Record number of bills for the 2014 Legislature. Countdown: 20 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature 21 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens 25 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings 25 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes 27 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings 64 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions 123 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 256 days to the 2014 midterm elections 619 days to the 2015 elections 684 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 990 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah political news highlights: The Utah Senate advances a measure to head off the “Count My Vote” initiative [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald]. Backers of “Count My Vote” slam SB 54 in a Capitol press conference [Utah Policy]. The Utah House GOP votes in favor of moving the state prison away from Draper [Deseret News, Tribune]. A group of Democratic lawyers ask the U.S. Department of Justice to re-open their investigation into former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff [Tribune, Deseret News]. More than 1,000 people rally at the Capitol for the state to expand Medicaid [Tribune]. Legislators have introduced a record number of bills, opening more than 1,200 bill files this year [Standard-Examiner]. First there was the “Zion Curtain,” now comes the “Zion Warning” for restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages [Deseret News, Tribune]. A legislative committee gives the nod to a bill raising the age to use and purchase tobacco to 21 [Deseret News, Tribune]. Rep. Jim Matheson makes his final visit to Capitol Hill as a member of Congress [Deseret News, Tribune]. Rep. Eric Hutchings uses some “creative” funding on a bill offering up to $25 million in tax credits to low-income Utahns [City Weekly]. Rep. Ronda Menlove wants the state to study whether to scrap daylight savings [City Weekly]. The Holladay City Council passes an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation [Tribune]. On this day in history: Former President John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives in 1848. He died two days later. The Washington Monument was dedicated in 1885. Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was shot to death in 1965. President Richard Nixon began his historic trip to China in 1972. Former Attorney General John Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John Erlichman were sentenced to prison for their roles in the Watergate scandal in 1975.