ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – May 27, 2014Bryan Schott·May 27, 2014· Share Becker may ditch fireworks to fight air pollution. Bramble wants to tighten rules on “business opportunities.” Utah’s senior population is exploding. Countdown: 28 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 161 days to the 2014 midterm elections 244 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature 525 days until the 2015 elections 601 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 896 days to the 2016 presidential election Tuesday’s top Utah political news stories: A BYU poll says 43% of Utah voters say they favor Gov. Herbert’s alternative for Medicaid expansion, while 33% would opt for full expansion under the Affordable Care Act [Utah Data Points]. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker may end city-sponsored fireworks this year in order to improve air quality [Tribune]. Sen. Curt Bramble wants to tighten rules on companies offering “business opportunities” following the John Swallow scandal [Tribune]. The head of the Utah Pride Center is demanding an apology from Gov. Herbert for comments he made during his monthly news conference [Tribune]. Utah has more residents over the age of 65 than preschool-age children [Deseret News]. Paul Rolly points out Rep. Ken Ivory has made a habit of making money off his Constitutional causes [Tribune]. Salt Lake City Council member Erin Mendenhall is named to the Utah Air Quality Board [Tribune]. A West Jordan company is helping to restore the cast iron on the dome of the U.S. Capitol building [Deseret News]. Lawmakers are mulling changes to the way property tax disputes are adjudicated which has some worried it could lead to a higher tax burden for homeowners [Tribune]. The State Records Committee is proposing a rule change that would require state agencies to keep some types of correspondence for seven years [Tribune]. On this day in history: 1647 – Alse Young became the first person executed for being a witch in America. 1911 – Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey was born in South Dakota. 1937 – The Golden Gate Bridge opened. 1941 – The British navy sank the German battleship Bismarck. 1994 – Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after spending two decades in exile. 1997 – The Supreme Court ruled Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office.