How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 28, 2014

Mia Love wins the GOP nomination. Democrats pick Peter Corroon as their new chairman. Shurtleff facing a complaint in front of the Utah Bar.



  • 58 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 189 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 273 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 553 days to the 2015 elections
  • 618 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 924 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Mia Love easily grabs the GOP nomination in Utah’s 4th District. Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart also cruise to their own nominations [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • Utah’s Democrats tap Peter Corroon as their new party chair [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Corroon says his first order of business is expanding the party beyond Salt Lake County [Utah Policy].
  • Utah Republicans give Sen. Mike Lee a rousing reception at their convention [Utah Policy].
  • Republican delegates boot one legislative incumbent, send another to a primary [Utah Policy].
  • A records request shows Mia Love occasionally used her Saratoga Springs email for political purposes [Huffington Post]. Love’s campaign shrugs off those charges, saying any violation was inadvertent [Daily Herald].
  • Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is now facing a complaint in front of the Utah Bar [Tribune].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says immigration reform would boost job growth for Americans [Tribune].
  • The NSA Data Center in Bluffdale is using less water than originally thought [Tribune].
  • Who are the biggest political donors in Utah? [Fox 13]
  • A federal court rejects a claim by Utah officials that a creek bed in Canyonlands National park is a roadway [Tribune].
  • Both sides in the fight over Utah’s Amendment 3, which bans same-sex marriage, want the Utah Supreme Court to weigh in on the battle [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1758 – James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, was born.
  • 1788 – Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1789 – The crew of the British ship mutinied, setting Captain William Bligh adrift.
  • 1945 – Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was executed.
  • 1967 – Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army.
  • 1980 – Secretary of State Cyrus Vance resigned over his opposition to the failed mission to rescue American hostages in Iran.
  • 1994 – Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who gave secrets to the Soviet Union and Russia, pleaded guilty to espionage and tax evasion.
  • 1996 – President Bill Clinton gave 4 1/2 hours of videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
  • 2003 – Apple launches the iTunes store.
  • 2004 – The first photos of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal were shown.
  • 2009 – Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party.