Utah’s candidates file for office. Republicans hold their caucus meetings. The Utah PTA wants Gov. Herbert to veto a curriculum oversight bill.
35 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
95 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
228 days to the 2014 midterm elections
311 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
591 days to the 2015 elections
656 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
962 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today’s Utah political news highlights:
The 2014 election is officially underway as candidates scramble to file for political races before the deadline [Tribune].
Four candidates file to replace outgoing Salt Lake County Councilman Randy Horiuchi [Tribune].
Bob Bernick looks at some of the more interesting matchups ahead in 2014 [Utah Policy].
Weber County District Attorney Dee Smith, who was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2012, says he won’t seek another term in 2014 [Standard-Examiner].
A number of Utah County seats are set for intriguing contests this election system [Daily Herald].
Utah’s Republicans hold their final caucus meetings under the current electoral system [Tribune, Deseret News].
Gov. Gary Herbert signs a bill protecting children when one of their parents is suspected of killing the other [Deseret News].
The Utah PTA wants Gov. Herbert to veto a bill that allows a statewide committee to oversee complaints about curriculum used in classrooms, saying the measure bypasses local control of schools [Deseret News].
Some Layton residents are asking the City Council to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation [Tribune].
A report from a left-leaning group says Rep. Rob Bishop plays a key role in bottling up wilderness legislation in Congress [Tribune].
Utah’s colleges and universities do a poor job graduating full-time students within a six-year time frame [Tribune].
On this day in history:
1685 – Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Germany.
1790 – Thomas Jefferson took office as America’s first Secretary of State.
1963 – Alcatraz prison was closed.
1965 – More than 3,000 civil rights protesters, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
1987 – U2’s album “The Joshua Tree” was released.
2000 – The Supreme Court ruled the government lacked the authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug.
2006 – The social networking site Twitter was launched.
2010 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”