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Monday, July 14, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 14, 2014
Experts say it's not certain the Supreme Court will take up Utah's appeal of a ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. Gov. Herbert assumes a leadership role with the National Governors Association. Saving the Utah State Fairpark will cost Utah more than $30 million.
- 113 days until the 2014 midterm elections
- 196 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
- 477 days until the 2015 elections
- 553 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 848 days until the 2016 presidential election
Today's top news stories:
- A federal judge denies a permanent stay in Utah's appeal to keep the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed after Amendment 3 was struck down. The state can still seek a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Experts say it's not a sure thing that the Supreme Court will take up Utah's appeal of a ruling striking down it's ban on same-sex marriage [Tribune].
- Gov. Herbert assumes a leadership role with the National Governor's Association [Deseret News].
- Herbert's new chief of staff, Justin Harding, brings a wealth of experience in Washington, D.C. to the job [Deseret News].
- The sons of Sen. Howard Stephenson are starting an organization based on Utah's dual immersion language program which was shepherded through the Legislature by their father [Tribune].
- Advocates say educating lawmakers about the benefits of cannabis oil for epilepsy sufferers was the key to legalizing it's useduring the 2014 Legislature [Daily Herald].
- A study says it will cost Utah more than $30 million to keep the Utah State Fairpark running [Deseret News].
- West Valley City officials are considering a change in the appeals process for employees and police officers [Tribune].
- Many Utah superintendents say Common Core will have a positive effect in schools [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1789 - The storming of the Bastille marked the start of the French Revolution.
- 1798 - Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false or malicious writing about the U.S. government.
- 1881 - Outlaw "Billy the Kid" was shot and killed in New Mexico.
- 1933 - All German political parties except the Nazi Party were outlawed.
- 2004 - The Senate voted against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
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