How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 14, 2014

Lawmakers end the 2014 session. Gov. Herbert says he will decide on re-election sometime this summer. Sen. Mike Lee’s name comes up in a criminal probe into former Attorney General John Swallow.



  • Today is the first day that candidates can file for office in Utah
  • 4 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
  • 6 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 6 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 42 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 102 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 235 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 318 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 598 days to the 2015 elections
  • 663 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 969 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Gov. Gary Herbert reflects on the 2014 session which ended Thursday night [Utah Policy].
  • Herbert says he will decide whether to run for another term as Governor sometime this summer [Utah Policy].
  • Uh oh. Sen. Mike Lee and Nevada Sen. Harry Reid come up in a probe into former Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune].
  • In the fight between Herbert and Speaker Lockhart, Herbert came out the clear winner [Tribune].
  • Lawmakers leave the hill without coming to an agreement on Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  • Retirements from the legislature are hitting Utah’s Democrats hard [Tribune].
  • Voters will get to weigh in on a proposed Constitutional amendment over whether the Utah Tax Commission should have a partisan requirement [Tribune].
  • Lawmakers approve a pilot project allowing Utahns to register to vote on election day [Tribune].
  • A bill criminalizing “revenge porn” heads to the governor’s desk [Deseret NewsTribune].
  • Legislators approve a bill allowing the taking of DNA samples from people booked into jail on felony charges [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • A bill restricting the use of drones for spying wins final approval [Tribune].
  • Lawmakers want to study whether the state should dump Daylight Saving Time [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1743 – The first recorded town meeting in America was held in Faneuil Hall in Boston.
  • 1794 – Eli Whitney received a patent for the cotton gin.
  • 1883 – Karl Marx died at the age of 64.
  • 1879 – Physicist Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany.
  • 1900 – Congress ratified the Gold Standard Act.
  • 1950 – The FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list debuted.
  • 1964 – A jury finds Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
  • 2005 – A judge in San Francisco ruled California’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.