ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 19, 2014Bryan Schott·March 19, 2014· Share Lawmakers passed the 3rd-most bills ever in 2014. Democrats hold their caucus meetings. Utah’s tax burden is below the national average. Countdown: The Utah candidate filing period closes tomorrow at 5 pm Utah Republicans hold their caucus meetings tomorrow evening 37 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions 97 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 230 days to the 2014 midterm elections 313 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature 593 days to the 2015 elections 658 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 964 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah political news highlights: An analysis shows the 2014 Legislature passed the 3rd most bills ever [Utah Policy]. Utah’s Democrats say turnout for their caucus meetings was down, but not as much as some expected [Deseret News, Daily Herald]. Sim Gill announces his bid for another term as Salt Lake County District Attorney [Deseret News]. Democrat Charles Stormont jumps into the race for Attorney General to challenge Republican Sean Reyes [Deseret News]. One of the candidates Utah Democrats were hoping could win a GOP-controlled legislative seat decides against a run at the last minute [Utah Policy]. Murray Mayor Dan Snarr is challenging for a seat on the Salt Lake County Council, but Utah Democrats wish he was running for the seat being vacated by Tim Cosgrove instead [Utah Policy]. Sen. Ralph Okerlund, who collapsed from heart failure on the second-to-last day of the Legislature, heads home from the hospital [Tribune]. Clean air activists grade the performance of Utah lawmakers during the just-finished legislative session and find it wanting [Tribune, Standard-Examiner]. A study says Utah’s taxes are the 14th lowest in the nation [Tribune]. A group of Utah ski industry is set to unveil a plan to connect seven resorts in Salt Lake and Summit counties [Tribune]. Utah farmers once again call for immigration reform [Tribune]. A new report finds tourism is a major economic driver in a number of rural counties in Utah [Tribune]. On this day in history: 1860 – William Jennings Bryan, three-time Democratic presidential nominee, was born in Salem, Ill. 1891 – Earl Warren, the 14th chief justice of the United States, was born in Los Angeles. 1917 – The Supreme Court upheld the eight-hour work day for railroads. 1918 – Congress approved daylight-saving time. 1920 – The U.S. Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles for a second time. 1931 – Nevada legalized gambling. 1962 – Bob Dylan’s debut album was released. 1995 – Michael Jordan returned to the NBA after an attempt to become a professional baseball player. 2003 – An American-led coalition went to war against Iraq, beginning Operation Iraqi Freedom with a series of air-strikes on Baghdad.