How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 11, 2014

Judges hear arguments in Amendment 3 appeal. U.S. Attorney for Utah announces his retirement. The Tribune lays off more employees.



  • 14 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 74 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 207 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 290 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 570 days to the 2015 elections
  • 635 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 941 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Federal judges hear arguments in the Amendment 3 appeal [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The decision in the Amendment 3 case could take 6 weeks or longer [KSL].
  • Here’s a rundown of the possible outcomes from the Amendment 3 appeal [Tribune].
  • David Barlow, the U.S. Attorney for Utah, says he will step down this summer [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • A Florida-based group denies sending out a letter critical of candidates in the contest for the GOP nomination in House District 57 [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake Tribune lays off another 8 employees and announces the elimination of its Saturday stand-alone religion section [TribuneDeseret News].
  • Bob Bernick laments the sad turn of events in the Utah media [Utah Policy].
  • Former Utah lawmaker and lobbyist Art Kimball passes away [Tribune].
  • Some GOP heavy-hitters are coming to Utah for the Western Republican Leadership Conference later this month [Deseret News].
  • Davis County GOP chairman Phill Wright says an ethics complaint against him made by another party officer has been dismissed [Standard-Examiner].
  • A new study says fewer Utah kids are going without health insurance coverage [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1814 – Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as emperor of France and was banished to the island of Elba.
  • 1898 – President William McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war against Spain.
  • 1899 – The treaty ending the Spanish-American Was declared in effect.
  • 1921 – Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax.
  • 1945 – American soldiers liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp.
  • 1970 – The Apollo 13 mission blasted off. It was cut short after an explosion disabled the spacecraft.
  • 2002 – U.S. Rep. James Trafficant was convicted of taking bribes and kickbacks.
  • 2006 – Iran announced it had enriched uranium on a small scale for the first time.