How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 18, 2014

Herbert sends staff to Washington to negotiate his Medicaid expansion plan. Lee says he’s not the target of an investigation stemming from the Swallow scandal. Final caucus meetings under the current system are this week.



  • The Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings are tonight
  • 2 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 2 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 38 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 98 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 231 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 314 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 594 days to the 2015 elections
  • 659 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 965 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Some of Gov. Gary Herbert’s staff head to Washington to begin negotiations on his Medicaid expansion plan [Deseret News, Standard-Examiner].
  • Sen. Mike Lee says he is unaware of being the target of an investigation stemming from the John Swallow scandal [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah’s political parties hold their final caucus meetings under the current system [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • The Count My Vote group officially stops their petition drive following the compromise they came to with lawmakers [Tribune].
  • Candidates continue to file for political office [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker addresses the United Nations Human Rights Council on a number of topics, including homelessness [Tribune].
  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul makes a fundraising trip to Utah [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Legislators reflect on what did and didn’t get done in the 2014 session [Deseret News].
  • Who will benefit from Utah’s new mandate for insurance coverage of autism treatment? [Tribune].
  • The LDS Church asks the “Ordain Women” group to move their demonstration off Temple Square during Conference [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1766 – Britain repealed the Stamp Act.
  • 1837 – Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, was born in Caldwell, N.J.
  • 1922 – Mohandas Gandhi was sentenced to prison in India for civil disobedience.
  • 1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order authorizing the relocation of Japanese-Americans.
  • 1963 – The Supreme Court ruled state courts were required to provide legal counsel to criminal defendants who could not afford to hire their own attorney.
  • 1965 – Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov went on the first spacewalk.
  • 1974 – Most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended an embargo against the United States.