How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 9, 2014

Swallow hires a criminal defense lawyer. Gay rights groups oppose non-discrimination law because it contains an exemption for religious organizations. Labor unions endorse Republicans in some key legislative races.



  • 118 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 201 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 482 days until the 2015 elections
  • 558 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 853 days until the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday’s top news stories:

  • Former Attorney General John Swallow hires criminal defense attorney Stephen McCaughey [Fox 13].
  • Gay-rights groups oppose a bill to protect gay people from workplace discrimination because it provides for an exemption for religious organizations [Tribune].
  • Same-sex marriage advocates plan to deliver a petition to Governor Herbert asking the state to drop its appeal of a court ruling striking down Amendment 3 [Deseret News].
  • Labor unions could provide the winning edge for some Republican candidates come November [Utah Policy].
  • Utah’s new program allowing the use of cannabis oil to treat some medical conditions gets underway [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Davis County officials take another step toward the creation of a rapid transit line through from Bountiful to Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • A new study confirms what we already knew – that most Utahns value outdoor recreation in the state [KSL].
  • Utah gas prices are spiking during the summer travel season [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 – The Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York.
  • 1850 – Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States, died after serving only 16 months in office.
  • 1896 – William Jennings Bryan denounced supporters of the gold standard with his “cross of gold” speech at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
  • 1992 – Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton tapped Sen. Al Gore of Tennessee to be his running mate.
  • 2004 – A Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded the CIA provided unfounded assessments of the threat posed by Iraq that the Bush administration relied on to justify going to war.

Today’s World Cup schedule:

  • Netherlands vs. Argentina (2:00 pm, ESPN)