ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – May 15, 2014Bryan Schott·May 15, 2014· Share Immigration reform could be an issue in the 4th Congressional District race. Matheson returns PAC donations. Former Tribune staffers say there’s a conspiracy to shut down the paper. Countdown: 40 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 173 days to the 2014 midterm elections 256 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature 537 days to the 2015 elections 613 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 908 days to the 2016 presidential election Thursday’s Utah political news highlights: Immigration reform could be an issue in the race between Mia Love and Doug Owens [Deseret News, Tribune]. Rep. Jim Matheson returns more than $130,000 in donations from political action committees [Utah Policy]. Rep. Jacob Anderegg wants to limit what schools do with the data they collect about students [Daily Herald]. Local scientists warn that the “fake” debate over climate change is harming efforts to reduce the effects of climate change in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News]. The deep distrust Utah lawmakers have for the federal government is impacting efforts by some to get the state to expand Medicaid [City Weekly]. The state’s decision to not expand Medicaid may have been a financial boon to Utah-based health insurers [Tribune]. Former Tribune staffers say there’s a conspiracy between the paper’s owner and the LDS Church to shut down the state’s biggest publication [City Weekly]. A nonprofit organization is turning the Beehive Brick Building into offices and residential units [Tribune]. On this day in history: 1862 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture was created by Congress. 1911 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of the Standard Oil Company because it violated the Sherman Antitrust Act. 1948 – Just hours after declaring its independence, the new state of Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. 1969 – Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned because of a controversy over his past legal fees. 1970 – Two black students at Jackson State College in Mississippi were killed when police opened fire during student protests. 1972 – Alabama Governor George Wallace was shot while campaigning in Maryland. The attack left him permanently paralyzed below the waist. 1988 – The Soviet Union began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. 2006 – Saddam Hussein refused to enter a plea at his trial in Iraq, insisting he was still the leader of that country. 2006 – The United States removed Libya from the list of terrorist states. 2007 – The Rev. Jerry Falwell died at the age of 73. 2008 – The California Supreme Court declared gay couples could marry. That decision was overturned by the passage of Proposition 8.