How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – June 16, 2014

Herbert hopes to have his Medicaid expansion alternative in place by January. Romney again says he’s not running in 2016. Days of ’47 parade exempt from paying for police coverage.



  • 8 days to Utah’s 2014 primary election
  • 141 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 224 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 505 days until the 2015 elections
  • 581 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 876 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he hopes to win approval from the feds for part of his Medicaid expansion alternative within 30 days [Tribune]. Herbert also says he hopes to have the full program in place by January [Deseret News].
  • Mitt Romney again reiterates he is not running for president in 2016 [Deseret News].
  • A clean-air panel approved by the 2013 Legislature is about to die a quiet death due to lack of funding [Tribune].
  • Utah may build a $2 billion rail line to enable energy development in the Uintah Basin [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City is part of a 60-city effort to end chronic homelessness [Deseret News].
  • Many Utah school budgets are improving after years of cuts [Tribune].
  • 11 Utah cities have until the end of the month to decide whether to jump on board a proposal to build out the struggling UTOPIA fiber optic network [Deseret News].
  • A proposal by a Utah lawyer to broadcast divorce court proceedings is drawing fire from Utah court officials [Tribune].
  • Somehow the Days of ’47 Parade is exempt from paying a fee for police protection while other celebrations pay thousands of dollars [Tribune].
  • Many Utah students were not fans of the new SAGE standardized testing [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1812 – The City Bank of New York (later Citibank) opened for business.
  • 1858 – Abraham Lincoln accepted the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate.
  • 1897 – The United States signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii.
  • 1904 – The events in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses took place, which is celebrated as Bloomsday.
  • 1932 – President Herbert Hoover was renominated at the Republican National Convention in Chicago.
  • 1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act.
  • 1960 – “Psycho,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock, premiered in New York.
  • 1963 – The Soviet Union launched the first female Cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, into orbit.
  • 1978 – President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Panama Canal treaties.
  • 2011 – Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress.
  • 2004 – The 9/11 Commission determined that Saddam Hussein had no strong links to al-Qaeda.

Monday’s World Cup schedule:

  • Germany vs. Portugal (10:00 am, ESPN)
  • Iran vs. Nigeria (1:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Ghana vs. United States (4:00 pm, ESPN)