ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – June 2, 2014Bryan Schott·June 2, 2014· Share 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. Countdown: 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.