How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 9, 2014

More allegations about former Attorney General John Swallow. Election controversy in Iron County begins to intensify. Utah County politicians facing fines for failing to file financial disclosures.



  • 16 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 76 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 209 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 292 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 572 days to the 2015 elections
  • 637 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 943 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • An unreleased report about the investigation into former Attorney General John Swallow raises even more red flags about Swallow’s behavior [Tribune].
  • A dispute over whether the Iron County GOP Chairman should resign because he’s running for office is heating up ahead of the county convention this weekend [Utah Policy].
  • A Davis County GOP officer files an ethics complaint against party chairman Phill Wright, alleging he verbally abused her during a party meeting and kept delegate lists away from her [Standard-Examiner].
  • Democratic Congressional candidate Doug Owens puts up some respectable early fundraising numbers [Utah Policy].
  • House Speaker Becky Lockhart and four other Utah County legislative candidates are facing fines from the Lt. Governor’s office for missing a deadline for filing financial disclosures [Daily Herald].
  • Salt Lake County officials are trying to figure out why sales tax revenue dropped more than they expected [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott lays into one of Mayor Ralph Becker’s nominees for the city Planning Commission who used to be Becker’s campaign manager [Tribune].
  • Utah same-sex marriage advocates have been more vocal than supporters of “traditional marriage” ahead of this week’s hearing over Amendment 3 in a federal appeals court [Deseret News].
  • LaVarr Webb tells a story from the early days in Mike Leavitt’s first race for governor [Utah Policy].
  • The University of Utah is weighing changes to the school’s fight song because critics say it’s “discriminatory” [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1865 – Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox.
  • 1940 – Germany invaded Denmark and Norway during World War II.
  • 1942 – American and Philippine forces surrendered to the Japanese during World War II.
  • 1959 – NASA announced the selection of America’s first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.
  • 1969 – Bob Dylan released his album “Nashville Skyline.”
  • 1992 – Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami on drug and racketeering charges.
  • 2003 – Iraqis celebrated the end of Saddam Hussein’s regime by tearing down a statue of Saddam Hussein in downtown Baghdad.