How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – May 7, 2014

Huntsman “open” to another run for president. Becker proposes raises for city employees. The Jordan School District may split again.


  • 48 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 181 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 264 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 545 days to the 2015 elections
  • 621 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 916 days to the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Former Governor Jon Huntsman says he’s open to another run for president [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s budget proposal includes raises for employees and money for pollution reduction [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah’s effort to jump to the front of the 2016 presidential primary line by using online voting may have spooked Iowa Democrats [Utah Policy].
  • Attorney General Sean Reyes says the best way to bring back trust to his office following the John Swallow scandal is to run it “like a business” [Daily Herald].
  • Officials in South Jordan are looking at possibly splitting from the Jordan School District [Tribune].
  • The “Mormons Building Bridges” group will not be allowed to enter a float in the Days of ’47 parade because it would be “too controversial” [Tribune].
  • Bountiful Mayor Randy Lewis took in more than $10,000 in campaign money from anonymous donors, which is not allowed under state law [Tribune].
  • Utah County officials unveil a new logo and slogan – “Heart of Utah” [Daily Herald].
  • A report says the Tooele Army Depot is having trouble tracking ammunition stored there [Tribune].
  • Sen. Pat Jones says she’s not sure if she will seek another political office after she retires from the legislature [Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert’s energy summit will be June 3-4 [Deseret News].

Today in history:

  • 1915 – A German torpedo sank the British liner Lusitania, killing nearly 1,200 people.
  • 1939 – Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance, the Rome-Berlin Axis.
  • 1945 – Germany signed an unconditional surrender to end World War II in Europe.
  • 1977 – Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby on his way to winning the Triple Crown.
  • 1984 – A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans.
  • 1992 – A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise was ratified when Michigan became the 38th state to approve it.
  • 2000 – President Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in Russia.
  • 2008 – Dmitry Medvedev was sworn in as Russia’s president.