ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 18, 2014Bryan Schott·April 18, 2014· Share Utah’s population set to explode. The number of wildfires in the west is on the rise. Countdown: 7 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions 67 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 199 days to the 2014 midterm elections 283 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature 563 days to the 2015 elections 628 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 934 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah political news highlights: A new study says Utah will double its population by 2050 [Tribune]. A Republican candidate for Utah County Commission, who is likely to win, has several bankruptcies and a theft conviction in his background [Tribune, Daily Herald]. Researchers say wildfires are on the rise in the western U.S. [Tribune]. Gov. Gary Herbert says his recently completed trade mission to Mexico will pay dividends for the state [Tribune]. Herbert helps kick off the festivities at Salt Lake Comic Con [Utah Policy]. The new head of the IRS stops in Ogden and tells workers there they will have to do more with less [Standard-Examiner, Tribune]. On this day in history: 1775 – Paul Revere began his ride from Charlestown to Lexington warning that the British were coming. 1906 – A major earthquake hit San Francisco, killing more than 3,000 people. 1946 – The League of Nations went out of business 1955 – Physicist Albert Einstein died at the age of 76. 1978 – The U.S. Senate voted to hand control of the Panama Canal to the Panamanians on Dec. 31, 1999. 2007 – The Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on partial-birth abortion. 2012 – American Bandstand host Dick Clark died at the age of 82.