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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 8, 2014
The Amendment 3 fight shifts to a federal appeals court. Utah Republicans hope to boost their fundraising operations. Research finds more suicides on high-pollution days.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 17 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
- 77 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 210 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 293 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
- 573 days to the 2015 elections
- 638 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 944 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- The fight over Amendment 3 shifts to a federal appeals court on Thursday as plaintiffs and lawyers for the state make their arguments about same-sex marriage [Deseret News].
- Here are the key players in the Amendment 3 case [Deseret News].
- Same-sex marriage advocates hold a send-off rally for the plaintiffs in the case as they head to Denver for the next phase in the case [Tribune].
- Utah Republicans hatch a plan to shore up their fundraising operations [Utah Policy].
- BYU professor Richard Davis is in the race to replace Jim Dabakis as chair of the Utah Democratic Party [Daily Herald].
- Three Utah mega-donors are in the group of people who are affected by the recent Supreme Court ruling removing the cap on individual contributions for political donations [Tribune].
- Florida is going to pay Utah up to $5.4 million to "rent" test questions for their standardized questions [Tribune, Deseret News].
- University of Utah researchers find there are more suicides during high-pollution days in Salt Lake County [Tribune].
- The Salt Lake Redevelopment Agency approves a $537,000 purchase, but what they're buying is still a mystery [Tribune].
- Layton officials slap a moratorium on new apartment buildings in the city [Standard-Examiner].
- 1513 - Explorer Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain.
- 1913 - The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which provided for the direct election of U.S. Senators, was ratified.
- 1935 - The Works Progress Administration was approved by Congress.
- 1952 - President Harry Truman seized the steel industry to avert a nationwide strike.
- 1970 - The Senate rejected President Richard Nixon's nomination of G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court.
- 1977 - The Clash's self-titled debut album was released in Britain.
- 1986 - Actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California.
- 1992 - Tennis player Arthur Ashe announced he had AIDS.
- 1994 - Rock musician Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
- 2009 - Somali pirates hijacked the Maersk Alabama. Navy sharpshooters later killed two pirates holding the ship's American captain hostage.
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