ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 31, 2014Bryan Schott·March 31, 2014· Share Utah could play a bigger role in the 2016 presidential race. Corroon considering a run for chair of the Utah Democrats. Utah approves a tuition hike. Countdown: 25 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions 85 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 218 days to the 2014 midterm elections 301 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature 581 days to the 2015 elections 646 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 952 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah news highlights: Some in Utah want the state to play a bigger role in the 2016 presidential nominating process [Deseret News]. Medicaid expansion may be in Utah’s future [Tribune]. Former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon is considering a run for chair of the Utah Democratic Party [Utah Policy]. Businessman Marc Sessions Jenson says former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow have information that could clear him in fraud charges [Tribune]. Gov. Gary Herbert signs a bill to increase the speed limit on some Utah highways [Tribune]. State superintendent Martell Menlove announces his retirement [Deseret News, Tribune]. Former Gov. Mike Leavitt is getting involved in a Nebraska congressional race [Tribune]. Washington County Democratic Party chair Dorothy Engleman resigns to focus on her run for legislature [St. George News]. Salt Lake County will change the way they auction off properties with delinquent tax bills [Tribune]. The Utah Board of Regents approves a 4% tuition hike [Deseret News]. The LDS Church again rejects requests to allow news cameras on Temple Square during next weekend’s General Conference [Tribune]. Salt Lake County will spend more than $500,000 on new electronic signs for the South Towne Expo Center [Tribune]. On this day in history: 1492 – King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews unwilling to convert to Christianity. 1889 – The Eiffel Tower officially opened. 1917 – The United States took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark. 1918 – Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States. 1943 – The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” opened on Broadway. 1945 – “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams opened on Broadway. 1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson made a surprise announcement he would not run for re-election. 1992 – The U.N. Security Council voted to ban flights and arms sales to Libya for shielding six men accused of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103.