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Friday, August 8, 2014
Ten Things You Need to Know About Utah Politics - August 8, 2014
Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq. Plaintiffs in case against Utah's same-sex marriage ban want SCOTUS to decide the issue. Mia Love rakes in cash on the speaking circuit.
- 88 days until the 2014 midterm elections
- 171 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
- 452 days until the 2015 elections
- 528 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 823 days until the 2016 presidential election
Friday's top headlines:
- President Obama authorizes limited airstrikes in Iraq to protect American personnel [CNN].
- The plaintiffs against Utah's ban on same-sex marriage also want the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Republican Mia Love earned about $27,000 on the speaking circuit according to financial disclosure forms [Tribune].
- A federal judge says a lawsuit against Utah's so-called "ag gag" law can go forward [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Sen. Orrin Hatch hits back at the 14 senators asking President Obama to create a new national monument in Utah saying they should "keep their mitts off' the Beehive State [Deseret News].
- Montana Democratic Senator John Walsh drops out of his re-election race amid allegations of plagiarism [U.S. News and World Report].
- Bob Bernick remembers Sen. John Valentine's 26-years in office [Utah Policy].
- Salt Lake City is cracking down on drivers for ridesharing services Uber and Lyft [Tribune].
- The Jordan School District will pay a former administrator $500,000 as part of his severance [Tribune].
- UTA announces changes to bus and train service [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1588 - English forces attacked the Spanish Armada, permanently crippling Spain's "invincible" fleet.
- 1844 - Brigham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons following the killing of Joseph Smith.
- 1945 - President Harry S. Truman signed the United Nations Charter.
- 1974 - President Richard M. Nixon announced he would resign following damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.
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