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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 12, 2014

Utahns react to Cantor's defeat. Founder of the "Ordain Women" movement is threatened with excommunication. The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off today.


  • 12 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 145 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 228 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 509 days until the 2015 elections
  • 585 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 880 days until the 2016 presidential election
Thursday's Utah news highlights:
  • Utah politicians react to the shocking defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor [Deseret News].
  • Cantor's defeat means immigration reform is likely dead for now [Tribune].
  • The founder of the "Ordain Women" movement is facing excommunication from the LDS Church [Tribune].
  • West Valley City plans tooffer free telephone service for residents once the UTOPIA fiber optic system is completed [Tribune].
  • The Utah Transit Authority plans to allow West Valley City to build a five-story parking garage at their Fairbourne Trax Station [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1776 - Virginia's colonial legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights.
  • 1898 - Philippine nationalists declared independence from Spain.
  • 1937 - The Soviet Union under Josef Stalin executed eight army leaders during a purge.
  • 1942 - Anne Frank received a diary for her birthday.
  • 1963 - Civil rights activist Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Miss.
  • 1978 - David Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six "Son of Sam" murders in New York City.
  • 1987 - During a visit to Berlin, President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."
  • 1994 - Nichole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were slashed to death outside her Los Angeles home. Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson was later acquitted of the killings in a criminal trial.
  • 2008 - The Supreme Court ruled foreign detainees held at Guantanamo Bay had the right to appeal to U.S. civilian courts to challenge their indefinite imprisonment without charges.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off today:
  • Thursday's schedule:
    • Brazil vs. Croatia (2:00 pm - ESPN)

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