ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 14, 2014Bryan Schott·March 14, 2014· Share 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. Countdown: 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 News, Tribune]. 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.