How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – June 10, 2014

Salt Lake City won’t bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Don’t expect a Mike Leavitt campaign in 2016. The Salt Lake City VA Hospital has the 9th-longest wait times in the U.S.



  • 14 days to Utah’s 2014 primary election
  • 147 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 230 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 511 days until the 2015 elections
  • 587 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 882 days until the 2016 presidential election

Tuesday’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Not surprisingly, Salt Lake City officially bows out of the race to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • People close to former Gov. Mike Leavitt say they don’t expect him to run for political office in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  • Utah may ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stop married same-sex couples from applying for benefits if it the 10th Circuit Court declines to issue a stay [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • An attorney for a Salt Lake City police officer who refused an assignment at Sunday’s Pride festivities says his client is being defamed¬†because of the conflict [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake City VA hospital has the 9th longest wait time in the country at an average of 73 days [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert talks wildfire preparedness with President Obama [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1801 – The North African state of Tripoli declared war on the United States because of a dispute over safe passage of merchant ships through the Mediterranean.
  • 1935 – Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.
  • 1940 – Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy.
  • 1964 – The U.S. Senate voted to limit further debate on a proposed civil rights bill, shutting down a filibuster by Southern lawmakers.
  • 1967 – The Six-Day War ended as Israel and Syria agree to a cease fire.
  • 1985 – Socialite Claus von Bulow was acquitted by a jury on charges he tried to murder his wife.
  • 1999 – Yugoslav troops left Kosovo, prompting NATO to suspend its 78-day air assault.
  • 2003 – Ontario, Canada issued the full same-sex marriage licenses in North America.
  • 2007 – The final episode of “The Sopranos” aired on HBO.