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Friday, May 9, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 9, 2014
Reyes re-structures the Attorney General's office. New law to crack down on cell-phone use behind the wheel goes into effect next week. Twilight Concert lineup announced.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 46 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 179 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 262 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
- 543 days to the 2015 elections
- 619 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 914 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- Attorney General Sean Reyes announces a restructuring of the attorneys in his office [Tribune].
- Utah's new law cracking down on drivers who dial a cell phone or text goes into effect next week [Tribune].
- Utahns are more likely to ride a bike to work than those in other cities, but the overall rates of bikers remains small [Tribune].
- Some are wondering if a proposed study into whether air pollution is causing a spike in deaths among babies and small children in Vernal is doomed before it even starts [Tribune].
- LaVarr Webb reflects on some Utah debate history [Utah Policy].
- The State Records Committee wants to increase the amount of time the state is required to hold on to certain types of emails [Daily Herald].
- Bob Bernick looks at the future prospects of Utah politicians [Utah Policy].
- Federal land managers say threats against their government workers are unacceptable. The move comes after an employee was threatened at gunpoint [Tribune].
- The money in a Riverton pension fund remains frozen because government regulators say $20 million is missing [Tribune].
- The domestic violence rate is on the rise in Brigham City [Standard-Examiner].
- Salt Lake City announces the line-up for this year's Twilight Concert Series [Tribune, Deseret News].
- 1502 - Christopher Columbus left Spain on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere.
- 1914 - Mother's Day became a public holiday.
- 1936 - Italy annexed Ethiopia.
- 1960 - The Food and Drug Administration approved use of a birth control bill.
- 1961 - Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow called TV programming a "vast wasteland" in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters.
- 1974 - The House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
- 1994 - South Africa's newly-elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's president.
- 2012 - President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage.
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