ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 4, 2014Bryan Schott·April 4, 2014· Share Herbert praises Utah’s economy. Iron County’s GOP chairman is generating some controversy by challenging for a Utah House seat. Countdown: 21 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions 81 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 214 days to the 2014 midterm elections 297 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature 577 days to the 2015 elections 642 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 948 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah political news highlights: Gov. Gary Herbert touts Utah’s economy at his annual economic summit [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4]. Controversy erupts in Iron County when the GOP Chairman there decides to run for the legislature [Utah Policy]. Bob Bernick says the “Count My Vote” compromise should help moderate Utah’s politics [Utah Policy]. Utahns get their chance to air their concerns about the states criminal justice system [Deseret News, Tribune]. Iron County officials tell the Bureau of Land Management to come up with a plan for removing wild horses or they will take the matter into their own hands [Tribune]. A new survey says workplace discrimination against older Utahns is rampant [Tribune]. A Utah appeals court upholds the firing of a Davis County attorney who was dismissed because of misconduct during a criminal trial [Deseret News, Standard-Examiner]. The Obama administration opens Medicare to elderly, same-sex couples who are legally married, including those in Utah [Tribune]. The South Jordan City Council unveils a study calling for a major mixed-used development near the Frontrunner station there [Tribune]. Reporters will not be allowed on Temple Square during this weekend’s LDS General Conference [Tribune]. On this day in history: 1818 – Congress decided the U.S. flag would add a new star for every new state admitted to the union. 1841 – President William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia one month after his inauguration, becoming the first U.S. president to die while in office. 1850 – The city of Los Angeles was incorporated. 1887 – Susanna Medora Salter became the first woman elected mayor of an American community – Argonia, Kansas. 1949 – Twelve nations, including the United States, sign the North Atlantic Treaty. 1968 – Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee. 1981 – Henry Cisneros became the first Hispanic elected mayor of a major U.S. city – San Antonio, Texas. 1983 – Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger. 1988 – The Arizona Senate convicted Gov. Evan Mecham of two charges of official misconduct and removed him from office. 2003 – U.S. forces seized Saddam International Airport outside Baghdad. 2006 – The Iraq tribunal charged Saddam Hussein with genocide and crimes against humanity.