How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – April 30, 2014

Tough News for Democrats

Washington Post-ABC News poll: “Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama’s approval rating at a new low, and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president’s agenda.” Support for Obamacare also continues to decline.


  • 56 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 187 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 271 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 551 days to the 2015 elections
  • 616 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 922 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Opinion: LaVarr Webb notes what must be done to prepare for a doubling of Utah’s population by 2050 (Utah Policy).
  • Sen. Mike Lee says most House members want to pass immigration reform, but they want to do it incrementally (Washington Times).
  • Utah could lose more than $400 million in federal transportation funds if Congress does not act quickly, but Utah transportation agencies expect Congress to at least maintain current funding levels (Tribune).
  • Gov. Gary Herbert is criticized by a wild horse advocacy group for saying the horse population should be reduced even by “taking down” some horses if necessary (Deseret News).
  • Australian firm Macquarie Capital Group wants to take over struggling municipal fiber-optic network UTOPIA (Tribune).
  • Miller family, owner of the Utah Jazz, supports Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s ouster from the NBA (Tribune).
  • New law allows liquor licenses to be bought and sold on the open market (Deseret News).
  • Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index shows Utah’s economy continues to grow (Deseret News).
  • Congressman Chris Stewart says the BLM doesn’t need a SWAT team and he wants to cut funding for federal agency law enforcement (Tribune).
  • Opinion: Jay Evensen says Cliven Bundy makes it harder to solve western land issues (Deseret News).
  • Opinion: Richard Davis says public opinion is shifting against the death penalty (Deseret News).
  • Editorial: State shouldn’t continue to pursue ownership of R.S.2477 roads (Tribune).
  • Provo buys Rock Canyon for $1.1 million (Tribune) (Deseret News).