How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 17, 2014

Chaffetz and Bishop shoot for committee chairmanships. Utah finalizes its argument in the appeal of Amendment 3. Caucus meetings are this week.



  • The Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings are tomorrow
  • 3 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 3 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 39 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 99 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 232 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 315 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 595 days to the 2015 elections
  • 660 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 966 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop are gunning for committee chairmanships in the next Congress [Tribune].
  • State attorneys argue allowing the ruling invalidating Amendment 3 to stand would be a “judicial wrecking ball” [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Keep track of all the candidate filings here [Utah Policy].
  • Utahs Democrats and Republicans hold their mass meetings this week [Deseret News].
  • Here’s a great primer on how to navigate the caucus system [Deseret News].
  • Would Speaker Becky Lockhart be a contender if she were to run for governor in 2016? [Deseret News]
  • Sen. Wayne Niederhauser says focusing on the budget during the first part of the 2014 session helped the process during the final days [Utah Policy].
  • How did a bill allowing local elections to raise transit taxes die during the final hours of the 2014 Legislature? [Tribune]
  • Utah’s county jails may have to start releasing some felony prisoners because they’re not getting enough money from the state to house them [Deseret News].
  • Lawmakers passed a bill to cut down on adoption “forum shopping” [Tribune].
  • Davis County’s elections this year will be a test case for voting by mail [Standard-Examiner].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will help lead a national effort to solve the problem of chronic homelessness among veterans [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City.
  • 1776 – British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.
  • 1905 – Franklin D. Roosevelt married his distant cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt in New York City.
  • 1942 – General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific during World War II.
  • 1959 – The Dalai Lama fled Tibet for India after a failed uprising by Tibetans against Chinese rule.
  • 1969 – Golda Meir was sworn in as prime minister of Israel.
  • 2003 – President George W. Bush gave Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave Iraq. 
  • 2009 – The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its final print edition.
  • 2011 – The U.N. Security Council voted to authorize military action and impose a no-fly zone over Libya.