How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – June 27, 2014

Same-sex marriage opponents regroup. Sen. Mike Lee is the subject of a campaign finance complaint. Orem rejects UTOPIA deal.


  • 130 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 213 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 494 days until the 2015 elections
  • 570 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 865 days until the 2016 presidential election

Friday’s top news stories:

  • Opponents of same-sex marriage are regrouping following the 10th Circuit Court’s ruling [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah’s appeal of the ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage should move to the Supreme Court [Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • A liberal group files a campaign finance complaint against Sen. Mike Lee [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Sen. Lee hails the Supreme Court ruling that President Obama’s use of recess appointments to federal positions is unconstitutional [Tribune].
  • The Orem City Council rejects a proposed deal from an Australian company to build out and operate the UTOPIA fiber optic network [Daily Herald, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1844 – Mormon leader Joseph Smith was murdered by a mob in Carthage, Illinois.
  • 1893 – The New York stock market crashed.
  • 1950 – The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling on member nations to help South Korea repels an invasion from the North.
  • 1969 – Patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village, clashed with police in an incident considered to be the birth of the gay rights movement.
  • 1972 – The Atari video game company was founded in Santa Clara, California.
  • 1980 – President Jimmy Carter signed legislation reviving the draft.
  • 1985 – Route 66 was officially decertified.