How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – May 21, 2014

Love and Owens debate for the first time. Herbert says Utah’s economy is creating jobs at a breakneck pace. Salt Lake County to build new District Attorney offices.



  • 34 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 167 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 250 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 531 days to the 2015 elections
  • 607 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 902 days to the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday’s Utah political news highlights:

  • The first debate between Doug Owens and Mia Love turns testy at times [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says the state will reach his goal of 100,000 new jobs 5-6 months earlier than projected [Utah Policy].
  • A federal judge strikes down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, meaning gay marriage is now legal in every state in the northeast [National Journal].
  • Utah has about $3.5 billion in outstanding debt, but that number is shrinking slowly [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County officials announce they are purchasing land from the LDS Church to build new offices for the District Attorney [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Bureau of Land Management pulls in nearly $3 million from an auction of oil and gas leases in Utah [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1542 – Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold on the banks of the Mississippi River.
  • 1832 – The first Democratic National Convention got underway in Baltimore.
  • 1881 – Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
  • 1927 – Charles Lindbergh landed his plane near Paris, completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1932 – Amelia Earhart completed the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a woman.
  • 1956 – The United State exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1979 – Former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted in the shooting deaths of mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
  • 1980 – “The Empire Strikes Back,” the second movie in the “Star Wars” series, was released.
  • 1991 – Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber.