How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 24, 2014

Shurtleff responds to a report critical of his behavior while in office. Republicans and Democrats set to hold state conventions. UTA sets a ridership record.



  • 2 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 62 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 193 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 277 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 557 days to the 2015 elections
  • 622 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 928 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff responds to a report critical of his behavior during the prosecution of Marc Jenson [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Here are some of the head-scratching highlights from that report [City Weekly].
  • Utah’s Democrats and Republicans are set to hold their state conventions on Saturday [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Former BLM director Pat Shea and Rep. Ken Ivory clash over whether the state should take control of federal land [Tribune].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz responds to his critics ahead of the GOP State Convention [Daily Herald].
  • Justin Fawson, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Ryan Wilcox, resigns his position on the Ogden City Council [Standard-Examiner].
  • UTA sets a ridership record thanks to the recently-completed Comic Con [Tribune].
  • The number of Utahns with a college degree is up, but not enough to fill job market demands [Tribune].
  • The Mayor of South Jordan wants the Hale Center Theatre to relocate to his city [Deseret News].
  • Critics say the Jordan School District overpaid for land in the Daybreak development [KSL].

On this day in history:

  • 1800 – Congress approves a bill establishing the Library of Congress
  • 1877 – Federal troops leave New Orleans, ending the North’s post-Civil War rule in the South.
  • 1898 – Spain declares war on the United States after rejecting America’s ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
  • 1980 – The U.S. launched an attempt to free the American hostages in Iran. That attempt failed, killing eight U.S. servicemen.
  • 1990 – The space shuttle Discovery blasted off carrying the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 2005 – Pope Benedict XVI became the leader of the Roman Catholic Church