How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 14, 2014

Republicans dump Rep. Jim Bird. Iwamoto knocks out Romero. UTA doubles bonuses for execs.



  • 11 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 71 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 203 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 287 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 567 days to the 2015 elections
  • 632 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 938 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Salt Lake County Republicans dump three incumbents, including Rep. Jim Bird, at their convention on Saturday [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Jani Iwamoto knocks out former Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero at the Salt Lake County Democratic convention [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Rep. Dana Layton and former Rep. Brad Daw will face off in a primary [Tribune].
  • The ghost of SB 54 is haunting some legislators [Utah Policy].
  • Tea Party groups are pushing a resolution saying SB 54 is unconstitutional [Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will not derail his effort to find an alternative to Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  • The Utah Transit Authority doubled bonuses to executives last year while seeking a tax hike from the legislature [Tribune].
  • Some legal experts say Utah’s defense of the ban on same-sex marriage echoes similar arguments used to deny mixed-race marriages [Tribune].
  • The Bureau of Land Management backs off a confrontation with a southern Nevada rancher who refused to recognize the BLM’s authority [Deseret News].
  • A judge orders the Davis County Sheriff to end a program that takes money from the personal accounts of inmates to pay for housing and medical care [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 – The first America society for the abolition of slavery was formed in Philadelphia.
  • 1828 – The first edition of Webster’s “American Dictionary of the English Language” was published.
  • 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth.
  • 1910 – President William Howard Taft became the first president to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game.
  • 1912 – The British ship RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic.
  • 1939 – “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck was first published.
  • 1981 – The first test flight of the space shuttle Columbia ended successfully.