ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – May 21, 2014Bryan Schott·May 21, 2014· Share 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. Countdown: 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.