ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 24, 2014Bryan Schott·March 24, 2014· Share Our first batch of 2014 race ratings are out. Caucus attendance down from 2012, but still higher than average. Herbert signs hemp extract bill. Countdown: 32 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions 92 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 225 days to the 2014 midterm elections 308 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature 588 days to the 2015 elections 653 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 959 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah political news highlights: Here’s how we see the 2014 elections shaping up: Congress Attorney General Utah Senate Utah House Attendance at Utah’s caucus meetings was down from 2012’s record numbers, but still higher than usual [Tribune]. National Democrats are excited about Utah’s pilot program allowing election day voter registration [Tribune]. Gov. Gary Herbert signs a bill allowing the use of a cannabis extract to treat seizures [Tribune]. Sen. Orrin Hatch pens an op-ed slamming the Affordable Care Act on the fourth anniversary of its passing [Deseret News]. The number of women who are retiring from the Utah Legislature this year could lead to a larger gender-gap on the Hill [Tribune]. The 2014 Utah Legislature by the numbers [Tribune]. Former Democratic Attorney General Paul Van Dam is challenging for a seat on the Washington County Commission [Southern Utah Independent]. Utah added more than 32,000 jobs last month [Tribune]. Drought conditions in southern Utah are worsening [Standard-Examiner]. On this day in history: 1765 – Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide housing for British soldiers. 1883 – Long-distance telephone service between Chicago and New York City was established. 1955 – “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams opened on Broadway. 1989 – The Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. 1999 – NATO launched airstrikes against Yugoslavia. 2005 – The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal from the parents of Terry Schiavo to have a feeding tube reinserted into the severely brain-damaged woman. 2012 – Former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent a heart transplant.