How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – May 15, 2014

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.



  • 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.