How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 22, 2014

Most legislative incumbents are raising more money than their challengers. SB 54 will bring big changes to Utah’s elections. GOP delegates will consider a resolution calling for partisan school board elections.



  • 4 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 64 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 195 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 279 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 559 days to the 2015 elections
  • 624 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 930 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Most incumbents in the legislature are out-performing their opponents ahead of the state conventions, but there are a few exceptions [Tribune].
  • SB 54 will bring some dramatic changes to Utah’s elections [Utah Policy].
  • Republican state delegates will consider a resolution calling for all Utah school board elections to become a partisan affair [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • House speaker Becky Lockhart will be among the presenters at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City this week [Daily Herald].
  • The CEO of the Deseret News says changing the business deal between his paper and the Salt Lake Tribune helps protect the independence of both publications [Tribune].
  • The number of single-family dwellings in Layton are on the rise [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1509 – Henry VIII became king of England.
  • 1864 – Congress authorized the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins.
  • 1889 – The Oklahoma Land Rush began as thousands of homesteaders made their claims.
  • 1954 – The televised Army-McCarthy hearings began.
  • 1970 – Earth Day was observed for the first time.
  • 1983 – The West German magazine Stern announced the discovery of personal diaries written by Adolf Hitler that turned out to be a hoax.
  • 1994 – Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, died at the age of 81.
  • 2000 – Armed immigration agents seized Elian Gonzales from his relatives’ home in Miami and returned him to his father in Cuba.
  • 2010 – The Deepwater Horizon oil platform sunk into the Gulf of Mexico two days after an explosion that killed 11 workers.