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Thursday, July 17, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - July 17, 2014
Utah asks for an emergency stay from the Supreme Court in a case over whether the state should recognize same-sex marriages. Is the case against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff solid? Lawmakers may ditch some federal education requirements.
- 110 days until the 2014 midterm elections
- 193 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
- 474 days until the 2015 elections
- 550 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 845 days until the 2016 presidential election
Thursday's top news stories:
- Utah asks the Supreme Court for an emergency stay in a lower court ruling requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Just how solid is the case against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff? [Tribune, Deseret News]
- Democrat Doug Owens is way behind Republican Mia Love in the fundraising race [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- Utah lawmakers considering a plan to ditch a No Child Left Behind waiver from the feds and Common Core at the same time [Utah Policy].
- Lawmakers get a stern warning about traveling on the taxpayer dime [Utah Policy].
- Rep. Chris Stewart introduces legislation to allow states like Utah to take a more active role in the management of wild horses [Tribune].
- Rep. Becky Edwards is bringing back a bill which would allow the state to adopt more stringent air quality rules than what is required by the federal government [Tribune, Deseret News].
- No one has taken advantage of a Utah law allowing the transfer of liquor licenses [Deseret News].
- State parks officials say they're happy lawmakers have slashed their budget by $10 million over the past five years [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1821 - Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
- 1936 - The Spanish Civil War began.
- 1945 - President Harry Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister began meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II.
- 1955 - Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California.
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