ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – May 7, 2014Bryan Schott·May 7, 2014· Share Huntsman “open” to another run for president. Becker proposes raises for city employees. The Jordan School District may split again. Countdown: 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.