“Count My Vote” gears up to defend against a legal challenge. The BLM may press charges against protestors who drove into Recapture Canyon over the weekend. Okerlund not sure he’s physically up for another term in Senate leadership.
42 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
175 days to the 2014 midterm elections
258 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
539 days to the 2015 elections
615 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
910 days to the 2016 presidential election
Tuesday’s Utah political news highlights:
Organizers of the “Count My Vote” group are getting ready to defend the compromise reached with lawmakers from a legal challenge [Deseret News].
The Bureau of Land Management is weighing possible charges against the protestors who rode ATV’s into Recapture Canyon over the weekend [Daily Herald].
Despite the legislature passing a measure prohibiting Utah from complying with the REAL ID Act, the state has passed a number of separate laws that accomplish just that [Tribune].
Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund says he’s not sure he will run for another term in that position [Utah Policy].
Homelessness in Utah falls 10-percent from last year [Deseret News].
The BLM is set to unveil their plan to lease land for energy exploration near Moab [Deseret News].
The Salt Lake County Council comes down on the side of preserving open space along the Jordan River [Tribune].
The Environmental Protection Agency announces a financial settlement with Chevron for a number of oil spills in Utah [Tribune].
Utah leaders kick off their annual campaign to foster respect on the roads for cyclists [Tribune].
On this day in history:
1607 – An English colony was settled at Jamestown in what is now Virginia.
1846 – The United States declared a state of war existed against Mexico.
1958 – Vice President Richard Nixon’s limousine was attacked with rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela.
1981 – Pope John Paul II was shot in St. Peter’s Square by a Turkish assailant.
1985 – Philadelphia police dropped an explosive onto the headquarters of the radical group MOVE; 11 people died in the resulting fire.