ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 11, 2014Bryan Schott·April 11, 2014· Share Judges hear arguments in Amendment 3 appeal. U.S. Attorney for Utah announces his retirement. The Tribune lays off more employees. Countdown: 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 [Tribune, Deseret 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.