ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 25, 2014Bryan Schott·April 25, 2014· Share Herbert says a controversial Nevada rancher should not be the face of the fight over public lands. Derek Miller steps down as Herbert’s chief of staff. Same-sex weddings could boost Utah’s economy. Countdown: The Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions are Saturday 61 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 192 days to the 2014 midterm elections 276 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature 556 days to the 2015 elections 621 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 927 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah political news highlights: Gov. Gary Herbert says controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy should not be the “face” of the fight over control of public lands [Tribune, Deseret News]. Herbert suggests Utah needs to take control of wild horse herds in the state in order to control their populations [Utah Policy]. Rep. Rob Bishop denounces racist comments made by Cliven Bundy [Tribune]. Derek Miller, Herbert’s chief of staff, steps down to take the top job at the World Trade Center Utah [Tribune]. Herbert says helping to grow the Mexican economy may help to halt the tide of illegal immigration from that country [Tribune]. A study says same-sex weddings could boost Utah’s economy by more than $15 million [Tribune]. Justin Fawson is appointed to fill the legislative seat vacated by Rep. Ryan Wilcox [Tribune]. An online petition aimed at helping the Salt Lake Tribune survive may be harvesting personal information for political purposes [Utah Policy]. Republican leaders from around the Western U.S. are gathering in Salt Lake City [Utah Policy, Deseret News]. Overstock.com chairman Jonathan Johnson is eyeing a run for governor in 2016 [Utah Policy]. On this day in history: 1507 – “America” was first used as the name of a continent on a map. 1859 – Crews broke ground on the Suez canal. 1898 – The United States declared war on Spain. 1901 – New York became the first state to require automobile license plates. 1945 – Delegates from 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations. 1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the Space Shuttle Discovery. 2003 – The Georgia legislature voted to remove the “Confederate flag” design from its state flag. 2007 – The Dow Jones industrial average topped 13,000 for the first time ever.