Eight Things You Need to Know About Utah Politics for Tuesday

Valentine set to become chair of the Utah Tax Commission. Chaffetz hosts a prominent Democrat on a tour of Utah. Cox and McAdams set to rumble on Saturday.



  • 91 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 174 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 455 days until the 2015 elections
  • 531 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 826 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday’s top headlines:

  • Sen. John Valentine will leave the legislature after 26 years to become the new chairman of the Utah State Tax Commission [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz hosts Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings on a tour of Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • James Brady, the press secretary injured during the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, passed away at the age of 73 [Real Clear Politics].
  • The Utah Education Association names Lisa Nentl-Bloom as their new executive director [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox will face off in a demolition derby on Saturday in South Jordan [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Rep. Steve Handy considers the future of Utah’s State Fairpark [Utah Policy].
  • A deal will keep two anti-fracking measures off of Colorado’s ballot in November [Los Angeles Times].
  • A new commission seeks solutions on how to bridge Utah’s gender wage gap [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 – The federal government levied an income tax for the first time.
  • 1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid in New York Harbor.
  • 1981 – The federal government began firing striking air traffic controllers.
  • 2010 – The Senate confirmed Elana Kagan as the Supreme Court’s 112th justice.
  • 2011 – Standard & Poor’s lowered the United States’ AAA credit rating by one notch to AA-plus.