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Monday, April 7, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 7, 2014
Corroon enters the race for Democratic Party Chair. Group to launch pro-same-sex marriage TV ads in Utah. Becker takes heat for nominating his former campaign manager to the planning committee.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 18 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
- 78 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 211 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 294 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
- 574 days to the 2015 elections
- 639 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 945 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- As we told you a week ago, former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon joins the race for chair of the Utah Democratic Party [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- With a new chairman, will Utah's Democrats shift their focus back to issues like education? [Deseret News]
- Members of Utah's Congressional delegation could get some prime committee spots following the 2014 midterm elections [Tribune].
- A group will launch pro-same-sex marriage TV ads in Utah this week [Tribune].
- The lawyers fighting Utah's ban on same-sex marriage talk about why they decided to take on the case [Tribune].
- Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is catching some heat for nominating his former campaign manager for a spot on the planning commission [Tribune].
- Sen. Stuart Reid talks about his life in politics as both a Republican and a Democrat [Deseret News].
- Salt Lake County will be part of a pilot program to allow those with disabilities to cast their votes online [Deseret News].
- The Utah County GOP convention this week will basically decide who will run the county government [Daily Herald].
- The number of Utah parents who are opting their kids out of state standardized testing is on the rise [Tribune].
- 1862 - Union forces defeated Confederates at the battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
- 1913 - 5,000 suffragists marched to the Captiol in Washington, D.C., seeking the vote for women.
- 1927 - The first successful long-distance transmission of a television signal sent the image and voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover from Washington to New York.
- 1939 - Italy invaded Albania.
- 1947 - Automotive pioneer Henry Ford died at the age of 83.
- 1949 - The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on Broadway.
- 1969 - The Supreme Court struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.
- 1990 - Former national security advisor John Poindexter was convicted of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. An appeals court later reversed those convictions.
- 2009 - Vermont became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage.
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