ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 2, 2014Bryan Schott·April 2, 2014· Share 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. Countdown: 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.