How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 8, 2014

Chaffetz says Romney will run again. Utah GOP is cash-poor ahead of the 2014 election. Mark Sessions Jenson wants Swallow and Shurtleff to testify.



  • 119 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 202 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 483 days until the 2015 elections
  • 559 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 854 days until the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday’s top news stories:

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he thinks Mitt Romney will run for president again in 2016…and win [Utah Policy].
  • The Utah GOP is nearly broke, but they say it’s not a problem ahead of the 2014 election [Utah Policy].
  • Jailed fraudster Mark Sessions Jenson wants former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff to testify in court about his case [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Millard County Commission candidate Jim Dyer, whose primary win was reversed when provisional and absentee ballots were counted, is questioning the legitimacy of that outcome [Tribune].
  • Some Utah County voters say county attorney Jeff Buhman violated state law by releasing personal records of his election opponent ahead of last month’s primary election [Daily Herald].
  • Former Utah teacher Lily Eskelsen Garcia, who mounted an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1998, is tapped to lead the nation’s largest teachers’ union [TribuneDeseret News].
  • Salt Lake City officials say, despite anemic sales, the Hive mass transit pass program will continue [Tribune].
  • It seems like lots of people like living in Salt Lake City’s Sugar House neighborhood, even if they’re not sure where that is [Tribune].
  • Natalie Gochnour says she’d like to see Gail Miller run for Utah Governor in 2016 [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1663 – King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.
  • 1776 – Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.
  • 1777 – Vermont became the first colony to abolish slavery.
  • 1889 – The Wall Street Journal was first published.
  • 1950 – Gen. Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea.

Today’s World Cup schedule:

  • Brazil vs. Germany (2:00 pm, ESPN)