How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – May 14, 2014

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.



  • 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.