How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – June 2, 2014

Utah leaders weigh in on Shinseki’s resignation. Readers rally in support of the Salt Lake Tribune. Huntsman isn’t planning another run in 2016. 


  • 22 days to Utah’s 2014 primary election
  • 155 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 238 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 519 days until the 2015 elections
  • 595 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 893 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday’s top Utah political news stories:

  • Utah leaders discuss the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • 11 Utah cities have until the end of June to decide whether to opt in to an Australian company’s plan to take over the UTOPIA fiber optic network [Tribune].
  • Preservationists say they’re worried that historical and archeological sites may be in danger with increased access to Nine Mile Canyon [Tribune].
  • Latinos graduated at a higher rate than white students last year at Highland High School [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Council members have to make a number of decisions before taking a final vote on Mayor Ralph Becker’s 2015 budget [Tribune].
  • A national voting rights group has turned their sights on Rep. Rob Bishop for not yet taking a stance on a bill to fix the Voting Rights Act [Tribune].
  • Utahns rally downtown in support of the Salt Lake Tribune [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Is the Deseret News artificially inflating their circulation numbers? [Tribune].
  • Jon Huntsman says he isn’t planning another presidential run in 2016, but that’s not set in stone [Deseret News].
  • The Utah Division of Air Quality is considering a ban on wood-burning stoves at businesses [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1851 – Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
  • 1886 – President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony.
  • 1897 – Mark Twain was quoted by the New York Journal as saying “the report of my death was an exaggeration.”
  • 1924 – Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
  • 1953 – Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
  • 1979 – Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.
  • 1981 – The “Donkey Kong” video arcade game made its U.S. debut.
  • 1997 – Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 1998 – Voters in California passed Proposition 227, requiring that all schoolchildren be taught in English.
  • 2011 – Mitt Romney announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.