How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 3, 2014

Paltry primary turnout in Salt Lake County. Fewer Utahns living in nursing homes.


  • 124 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 207 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 488 days until the 2015 elections
  • 564 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 859 days until the 2016 presidential election

Thursday’s top news stories:

  • Primary turnout in Salt Lake County was less than 10% [Tribune].
  • Census numbers say the number of Utahns living in nursing homes unexpectedly dropped by a third between 2000 and 2010 [Tribune].
  • Immigration officials are holding off on deporting a Utah mother and four of her seven children indefinitely [Tribune].
  • Bob Bernick wonders why it has taken so long for the owners of the Tribune and Deseret News to defend a change in the Joint Operating Agreement between the two papers [Utah Policy].
  • Utah wildlife officials say a wolverine may have been spotted in the state for the first time in 35 years [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The University of Utah announces changes to their fight song [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 – Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army.
  • 1863 – The battle of Gettysburg ended after three days.
  • 1890 – Idaho became the 43rd state.
  • 1985 – The time-travel comedy “Back to the Future” was released in movie theaters.
  • 2009 – Sarah Palin announced she would resign as Alaska governor with 16 months left in her term.

World Cup quarterfinals schedule:

  • Friday, July 4
    • France vs. Germany (10:00 am, ESPN2)
    • Brazil vs. Colombia (2:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Saturday, July 5
    • Argentina vs. Belgium (10:00 am, ABC)
    • Netherlands vs. Costa Rica (2:00 pm, ESPN)