ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – May 19, 2014Bryan Schott·May 19, 2014· Share Will Utah bring back the firing squad? Rep. Ken Ivory’s all-consuming quest to gain control of public lands. Utah Supreme Court halts same-sex adoptions. Countdown: 36 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 169 days to the 2014 midterm elections 252 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature 533 days to the 2015 elections 609 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 904 days to the 2016 presidential election Monday’s Utah political news highlights: The Utah Supreme Court halts same-sex adoptions in the state pending the outcome of the Amendment 3 court appeal [Deseret News]. Rep. Paul Ray wants Utah to reinstate the firing squad following a botched execution in Oklahoma last month [Deseret News]. Rep. Ken Ivory’s quest to wrest control of public lands from the federal government has become his signature issue, and his livelihood [Tribune]. A GOP call center in Provo aims to help Republicans across the country win elections come November [Deseret News]. Utah’s unemployment rate hits a five-year low [Tribune, Deseret News]. Which local paper has the largest circulation? [Tribune] The University of Utah is $400 million behind on repairs to buildings on campus [Deseret News]. The University of Utah says they will keep their “Red Zone” stores open through 2017 [Tribune]. Anti-education groups may be gaining influence on the State Board of Education [Tribune]. A new memorial to Utah’s servicemen and women is unveiled in front of the Sandy City Hall [Utah Policy]. On this day in history: 1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, was beheaded after being convicted of adultery. 1588 – The Spanish Armada set sail for England. 1643 – The colonies of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor formed the New England Confederation. 1925 – Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska. 1962 – Actress Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of “Happy Birthday” for President John F. Kennedy during a fundraiser in New York. 1967 – The Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain banning nuclear weapons from outer space. 1992 – The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises, went into effect.