How to Sound Smart about Utah Politics – April 15, 2014

Happy (?) tax day. No veto override session this year. Love rakes in the campaign cash.



  • 10 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 70 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 202 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 286 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 566 days to the 2015 elections
  • 631 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 937 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • There aren’t enough votes for lawmakers to try and override any of Gov. Herbert’s vetoes from the 2014 session [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Mia Love pulls in big fundraising numbers in the race for Utah’s 4th District [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Congratulations to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Pat Bagley who was named a finalist for a 2014 Pulitzer Prize [Tribune].
  • Former Rep. Holly Richardson is left wondering what happened after her bid to return to the Hill was crushed at last Saturday’s Utah County convention [Utah Policy].
  • Same-sex couples who got married in Utah following the decision to strike down Amendment 3 are waiting for a decision from a Denver appeals court that could affect their tax filing status [Tribune].
  • Lawyers for a man accused of plotting a mass shooting at the City Creek Center shopping mall say a proposed plea deal was yanked because of political pressure from police [Deseret News].
  • Gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian is mulling taking a plea deal in a case wherein he is accused of domestic violence [Tribune].
  • The Sugar House fireworks show gets a new lease on life after the owner of Apollo Burger steps up with a large donation [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1850 – The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
  • 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln declared a state of insurrection following the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
  • 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln died after being shot by John Wilkes Booth. Andrew Johnson became the 17th president of the United States.
  • 1912 – The luxury liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg.
  • 1945 – British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen.
  • 1947 – Jackie Robinson became baseball’s first black major league player.
  • 1986 – The United States launched an air strike against Libya following the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin.
  • 2002 – Retired Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White died at the age of 84.
  • 2013 – Two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring at least 170 others.