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Thursday, July 10, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 10, 2014

Utah will take its appeal of a same-sex marriage ruling to the Supreme Court. Text messages show tensions between former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and a top-aide. Utahns want Congress to act on immigration reform.


  • 117 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 200 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 481 days until the 2015 elections
  • 557 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 852 days until the 2016 presidential election

Thursday's top news stories:

  • Utah decides to take it's appeal of a ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage directly to the U.S. Supreme Court [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Text messages between former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and a top aide show tensions exploding between the two men [Tribune].
  • A new poll shows 83% of Utahns want Congress to act on immigration reform this year [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The owners of the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune ask a judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a change to the two newspapers' business agreement [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Former Provo Mayor Lewis Billings says the motives of the Utah Taxpayers Association's opposition to the proposed UTOPIA deal should be questioned [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1832 - President Andrew Jackson vetoed legislation to re-charter the Second Bank of the United States.
  • 1850 - Vice President Millard Fillmore became president following the death of Zachary Taylor.
  • 1890 - Wyoming became the 44th state.
  • 1940 - The Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking England by air.
  • 1985 - Coca-Cola Co., said it would resume selling its old formula following pressure from irate customers.

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