How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – May 20, 2014

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.



  • 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 [TribuneDeseret NewsDaily 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.