How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 31, 2014

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.



  • 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.