How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 16, 2014

LDS Church leader meets with President Obama on immigration reform. Herbert says he’s making progress on his Medicaid expansion alternative. Stewart opens up a big cash lead over Robles.



  • 9 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 69 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 201 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 285 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 565 days to the 2015 elections
  • 630 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 936 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • LDS Church leader Dieter Uchtdorf joins a group of faith leaders who met with President Obama to discuss immigration reform [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he’s making progress with the feds on his proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart is starting to increase his cash advantage over his Democratic opponent, Luz Robles [Tribune].
  • Prosecutors in the case against accused fraudster Jeremy Johnson are pushing for a trial [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council tears into the Salt Lake Police Department for the backlog of unprocessed rape kits from sexual assault cases [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The University of Utah will keep the “Ute” nickname under a new agreement with the Ute Indian Tribe [Standard-Examiner].
  • Water managers warn a proposed oil pipeline between Salt Lake City and the Uintah Basin poses a significant risk to drinking water supplies [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – President-elect George Washington left his home in Mount Vernon for his inauguration in New York.
  • 1917 – Lenin returned to Russia after 10 years in exile in Switzerland.
  • 1962 – Walter Cronkite became anchorman of “The CBS Evening News.”
  • 1964 – The Rolling Stones released their debut album.
  • 1972 – Apollo 16 lifted off on a mission to the moon.
  • 1992 – The House ethics committee named 303 current and former lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.
  • 2007 – A student opened fire on the campus of Virginia Tech, killing 32 people.