How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 21, 2014

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.”