ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 11, 2014Bryan Schott·March 11, 2014· Share Lockhart’s education proposal comes up empty in the final budget deal. Herbert signs the “Count My Vote” compromise. Senate advances Medicaid plan. Countdown: 2 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature 3 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens 7 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings 9 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes 9 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings 45 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions 105 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 238 days to the 2014 midterm elections 601 days to the 2015 elections 666 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 972 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah political news highlights: House Speaker Becky Lockhart’s education technology proposal gets shut out in the final budget deal negotiated by lawmakers [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune]. House Speaker Lockhart says proposed gas and property tax hikes are dead this session [Tribune]. Gov. Gary Herbert signs the compromise between the Legislature and “Count My Vote” into law, ending the citizen initiative [Deseret News, Tribune]. The Utah Senate advances a plan to partially expand Medicaid that includes Gov. Herbert’s idea to ask the federal government for flexibility on how to use those federal funds [Utah Policy, Tribune]. House GOP leaders say they won’t consider the Senate plan, meaning there will be no decision on Medicaid by Thursday’s end to the 2014 session [Deseret News]. Lawmakers consider changing their own rules to eliminate constitutional review notes on legislation [Utah Policy]. The Utah House advances a plan to allow election-day voter registration [Utah Policy, Tribune]. The House kills a bill to put caps on political donations [Tribune, Deseret News]. Lawmakers reject a call for Utah to join a constitutional convention [Utah Policy, Tribune]. The House gives the thumbs up to a plan for moving Utah’s 2016 presidential primary to first in the nation ahead of New Hampshire and Iowa [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune]. The House approves a tax break for employers who hire homeless people [Tribune, Deseret News]. Utah transit ridership jumped 3 percent in 2013, which is above the national average [Tribune]. On this day in history: 1861 – The Confederate States of America adopted its constitution. 1930 – William Howard Taft became the first U.S. president to be buried in the National Cemetary. 1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act into law. 1942 – General Douglas MacArthur leaves the Philippines saying, “I shall return.” 1985 – Mikhail Gorbachev was chosen as leader of the Soviet Union. 1993 – Janet Reno was confirmed by the Senate as the nation’s first female attorney general. 2011 – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a measure to eliminate most union rights for public employees. 2011 – Japan is hit by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that triggers a deadly tsunami. The earthquake also damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.