ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 25, 2014Bryan Schott·March 25, 2014· Share Dabakis resigns. Utah GOP considering a lawsuit over “Count My Vote” compromise. Countdown: 31 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions 91 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 224 days to the 2014 midterm elections 307 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature 587 days to the 2015 elections 652 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 958 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah political news highlights: Utah Democratic Party chairman Jim Dabakis announces his resignation [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald]. Utah Republicans are mulling a lawsuit over the provision in the “Count My Vote” compromise requiring political parties have open primaries [Utah Policy]. A number of legislators are running unopposed or without significant competition in 2014 [Tribune]. Some Utah school board races are seeing an unusually large number of candidates this year [Tribune]. A Utah County woman was turned away from filing for a House District as an unaffiliated candidate because she didn’t meet the requirements to be on the ballot [Daily Herald]. Mia Love has the inside track in Utah’s 4th Congressional District race [Standard-Examiner]. Utah’s new law allowing the use of cannabis extract to treat seizures could end up helping multiple sclerosis sufferers as well [Tribune]. The Salt Lake City Council will hold a public hearing about proposed zoning changes along the Sugar House Streetcar line [Tribune]. The Utah Board of Regents is considering a 4-percent tuition hike next year [Deseret News]. On this day in history: 1643 – Maryland was founded by English colonists. 1807 – Britain abolished its slave trade. 1894 – Jacob Sechler Coxey and his “army” of unemployed men began their march from Ohio to Washington. 1911 – A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City killed 145 workers. 1965 – The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama. 1994 – American troops completed their withdrawal from Somalia. 1996 – An 81-day standoff by the antigovernment Freemen group began at a ranch in Montana.