How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 6, 2014

Hosue approves the compromise with “Count My Vote.” House and Senate leadership are at odds on how to fund Speaker Lockhart’s education technology proposal. Democratic lawmaker introduces a bill for Utah to accept full Medicaid expansion.



  • 7 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 8 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
  • 12 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
  • 14 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 14 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 50 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 110 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 243 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 606 days to the 2015 elections
  • 671 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 977 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • The House approves the compromise with “Count My Vote” [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • House and Senate leadership are facing off over how to fund Speaker Lockhart’s proposal to increase technology use in Utah’s schools [Tribune].
  • Democratic Senator Gene Davis unveils a bill pushing for the state to accept full Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  • LGBT protesters return to the Hill to rally for the stalled statewide non-discrimination law [Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • The Senate advances a measure to crack down on payday lenders [Tribune].
  • Rep. Greg Hughes’ measure allowing bars to provide a breathalyzer for use by patrons moves out of a House committee [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A House committee approves a bill making cockfighting a felony [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Utah’s Democrats complain a bill approved by the Senate is just a way to remove members of the minority party from the Utah State Tax Commission [Tribune].
  • The House approves a plan to make Utah’s State School Board elections nonpartisan affairs [Deseret News].
  • The Senate advances some changes to Utah’s controversial school grading system [Deseret News].
  • Lawmakers delay the effective date of of Utah’s guest-worker program until 2017 [Tribune].
  • Higher education officials are urging Utahns to attend this month’s caucus meetings [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • The Alamo fell to Mexican forces in 1836.
  • The Supreme Court ruled in the Dred Scott case that slaves were not citizens in 1857.
  • Oreo cookies were first introduced in 1912.
  • Retired Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. died in 1935.
  • Walter Cronkiet signed off as anchor of “The CBS Evening News” for the final time in 1981.
  • Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was convicted of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.