ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – May 20, 2014Bryan Schott·May 20, 2014· Share Utah must recognize same-sex marriages performed in the state. Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage struck down. Lawmakers consider the future of the Utah State Fairpark. Countdown: 35 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 168 days to the 2014 midterm elections 251 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature 532 days to the 2015 elections 608 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 903 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah political news highlights: A judge rules Utah must recognize the same-sex marriages performed in the state following the decision striking down Amendment 3 [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald]. A federal judge strikes down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage [National Journal]. Does the Deseret News have “veto power” over any sale of the Salt Lake Tribune? [Utah Policy] The Tribune starts to experiment with sponsored content to boost revenue [City Weekly]. Lawmakers are taking a hard look at the future of the Utah State Fairpark [Deseret News]. President Obama will set aside 500,000 acres in New Mexico as a national monument on Wednesday. Rep. Rob Bishop is urging Obama to not take that step [Tribune]. Environmentalists have filed suit to block a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to open land in the Uintah Basin to oil drilling [Tribune]. The Bureau of Land Management will start selling leases for energy exploration on 100,000 acres in Southern Utah [Tribune]. Enrollment at Utah’s colleges and universities is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade [Tribune]. On this day in history: 1506 – Christopher Columbus died in Spain. 1861 – North Carolina voted to secede from the Union. 1861 – The capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, Alabama to Richmond, Virginia. 1927 – Charles Lindbergh took off for Paris from New York on the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. 1932 – Amelia Earhart took off for Ireland from Newfoundland to become the first women to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 1961 – A mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order. 1969 – U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured “Hamburger Hill” following one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. 1989 – Comedian Gilda Radner died of cancer at the age of 42. 1993 – The final episode of “Cheers” aired on NBC. 1995 – President Bill Clinton announced the two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House would be permanently closed to traffic.