Federal court puts recognition of same-sex marriage on hold in Utah. Group plans to file a complaint with the FEC over alleged laundered campaign donations made to Sen. Mike Lee. Hatch hints at a possible 8th term.
18 days to Utah’s 2014 primary election
151 days until the 2014 midterm elections
234 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
515 days until the 2015 elections
591 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
889 days until the 2016 presidential election
Friday’s Utah political news highlights:
The 10th Circuit Court halts recognition of same-sex marriages in Utah pending the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling [Tribune, Deseret News].
The Alliance for a Better Utah plans to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over possible laundered campaign donations made to Sen. Mike Lee by accused fraudster Jeremy Johnson [Tribune, Deseret News].
Sen. Orrin Hatch is starting to make noise about a possible 8th term [Tribune].
Spencer Eccles steps down as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to form a private investment firm [Tribune, Deseret News].
Sen. Hatch names Rob Porter as his new chief of staff [Tribune].
Bob Bernick says it’s high time the John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff saga starts moving to a conclusion [Utah Policy].
The Salt Lake City Council is considering closing some municipal golf courses [Tribune].
Salt Lake County may impose restrictions on e-cigarettes [Tribune].
On this day in history:
1844 – The Young Men’s Christian Association was founded in London.
1925 – Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corp.
1933 – The first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden County, N.J.
1934 – The Securities and Exchange Commission was established.
1944 – Allied troops stormed the beaches in Normandy, France during the D-Day invasion of Europe.
1968 – Sen. Robert F. Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, a day after he was shot by Sirhan Sirhan.
1978 – California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, which called for major cuts in property taxes.
2001 – Vermont Republican Senator James Jeffords left the party to become an independent, handing control of the Senate back to the Democrats.
2002 – President Bush proposed a new Cabinet level department: The Department of Homeland Security.
2011 – Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed he has tweeted a lewd photo of himself to a woman and admitted to “inappropriate” exchanges with six other women.