ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 7, 2014Bryan Schott·July 7, 2014· Share The lawyers challenging Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage take over fundraising efforts. Hive transit pass sales below expectations. Turmoil inside the Davis County GOP. Countdown: 120 days until the 2014 midterm elections 203 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature 484 days until the 2015 elections 560 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 855 days until the 2016 presidential election Monday’s top news stories: The lawyers for three couples who are challenging Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage are joining fundraising efforts to pay for their lawsuit [Tribune]. Utah may not be hit as hard as other states if the federal Highway Trust Fund runs out of money [Tribune]. The number of Salt Lake City residents who purchased the new Hive transit passes is far below what officials were hoping for [Tribune]. Some Davis County Republicans are trying to oust the county party chair [Tribune]. LDS Church officials say the number of missionaries will rise a bit more, then drop slightly [Tribune]. Low voter turnout is prompting state officials to investigate whether to switch to vote by mail statewide [ABC 4]. A new study says light rail lines can significantly reduce traffic growth [Tribune]. Utah is last in the country in supporting family caregivers [Tribune]. On this day in history: 1846 – California was annexed to the United States. 1898 – The United States annexed Hawaii. 1930 – Construction began on the Boulder Dam. 1981 – President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. 1987 – Lt. Col. Oliver North began his public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearings.