How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 2, 2014

Utahns beat the deadline to sign up for health insurance. Herbert signing bills at a rapid pace. SB 54 vote could cause problems for a number of Utah Republicans.



  • 23 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 83 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 216 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 299 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 579 days to the 2015 elections
  • 644 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 950 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Thousands of Utahns sign up for health insurance before the Affordable Care Act deadline [Deseret News].
  • Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation says President Obama’s victory lap over the healthcare law is premature [ABC 4].
  • Governor Gary Herbert is signing bills from the 2014 session at a rapid pace [Tribune].
  • A number of Republican legislators are getting some heartburn for their vote on the compromise measure with “Count My Vote” organizers [Utah Policy].
  • Here are our “most vulnerable” Utah House seats in this year’s election [Utah Policy].
  • Here are the four most-likely candidates vying to replace Jim Matheson in Congress [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz is trying to figure out why the U.S. State Department spent $400,000 on a statue of a camel [Daily Herald].
  • The Division of Air Quality is eyeing some new controls to reduce wintertime pollution in the area near Vernal [Tribune].
  • The Utah Supreme Court heard a “secret” case on Tuesday that may be related to the shooting of a civilian by two West Valley City civilian [Deseret News].
  • A Park City resident wants to ban plastic bags at grocery stores [KSL].

On this day in history:

  • 1513 – Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.
  • 1792 – Congress authorized the first U.S. mint, in Philadelphia.
  • 1917 – President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany.
  • 1982 – Argentina seized control of the Falkland Islands from Britain.
  • 2005 – Pope John Paul II died at the age of 84.
  • 2009 – A 19-count federal racketeering indictment was returned against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.