How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 11, 2014

Utah Senators flush with campaign cash. U.S. Senate approves land swap. A number of Utahns want the state to ditch daylight saving time.



  • 116 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 199 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 480 days until the 2015 elections
  • 556 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 851 days until the 2016 presidential election

Today’s top news stories:

  • Sen. John Valentine has more than $100,000 in his campaign account even though he’s not up for re-election this year [Utah Policy].
  • The U.S. Senate votes to approve a land exchange on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation [Tribune].
  • A government-sponsored forum hears from a number of Utahns who say they’d like the state to ditch daylight saving time [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Downtown Salt Lake City’s economy is booming as businesses report record sales [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Utahns rally to show support for immigrant children who have crossed into the United States from Mexico [Tribune].
  • Today is “Free Slurpee Day” at 7-11 [Time].

On this day in history:

  • 1533 – England’s King Henry VIII was excommunicated.
  • 1798 – The U.S. Marine Corps was created by an act of Congress.
  • 1804 – Former vice president Aaron Burr fatally wounded former secretary of the treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Hamilton died the following afternoon.
  • 1952 – The Republican National Convention in Chicago nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard Nixon for vice president.
  • 1979 – The U.S. space station Skylab returned to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean and Australia.

World Cup schedule:

  • 3rd place game
    • Brazil vs. Netherlands (Saturday, 2:00 pm – ESPN)
  • Final
    • Germany vs. Argentina (Sunday, 1:00 pm – ABC)