ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – May 14, 2014Bryan Schott·May 14, 2014· Share Utah leaders call for immigration reform. Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage is struck down. Utah County could see a population boom by 2050. Countdown: 41 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 174 days to the 2014 midterm elections 257 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature 538 days to the 2015 elections 614 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 909 days to the 2016 presidential election Wednesday’s Utah political news highlights: Utah leaders once again call on Congress to enact immigration reform [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News]. Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Aaron Kennard meets with President Obama to urge action on immigration reform [Tribune]. Mark Hedengren, a former Congressional candidate in Utah, says the current caucus system stacks the playing field against underfunded candidates [Deseret News]. A federal judge strikes down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional [LA Times]. A member of the Salt Lake City School Board says minority parents were excluded from the process when the district hired new principles this year [Tribune]. The Orem city council gives preliminary approval to a $92 million budget for next year [Daily Herald]. Envision Utah says Utah County could see 1 million more residents by 2050 [Daily Herald]. On this day in history: 1787 – Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draft the U.S. Constitution. 1796 – Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccine. 1804 – The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory left St. Louis. 1904 – The first Olympic games in the United States, held in St. Louis, officially opened. 1948 – The state of Israel was proclaimed as British rule in Palestine ended. 1955 – Representatives from the Soviet Union and seven other communist bloc countries signed the Warsaw Pact in Poland. 1973 – The United States launched Skylab 1, its first manned space station. 1998 – Singer Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82. 1998 – “Seinfeld” aired its final episode.