How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 15, 2014

Legislative leadership races are starting to heat up. The Supreme Court may wade into Utah’s appeal over recognizing same-sex marriages. Local governments undercollected property taxes over the last decade.



  • 112 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 195 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 476 days until the 2015 elections
  • 552 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 847 days until the 2016 presidential election

Today’s top news stories:

  • The fight to be the next Speaker of the Utah House could be a brutal contest [Utah Policy].
  • It’s not a sure thing that the Supreme Court will issue a stay in Utah’s appeal of a decision requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Deseret News].
  • A state audit concludes local governments under-collected property taxes over the last decade to the tune of $100 million [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Mia Love continues her torrid fundraising pace [Utah Policy].
  • The Utah GOP wants the state to investigate the source of robocalls critical of the Davis County GOP chairman [Tribune].
  • The Jordan School District is looking to make changes in order to keep cities from splitting off and forming their own district [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • An Alpine School Board candidate will not seek a recount after losing by five votes last month [Daily Herald].
  • The Pleasant View City Council fires police chief D. Scott Jackson during an emergency meeting over the weekend [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1870 – Georgia became the last of the Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
  • 1971 – President Richard Nixon announced he would visit the People’s Republic of China.
  • 1979 – President Jimmy Carder delivered a speech about a “crisis of confidence” in America. Though he didn’t use the word, it became known as the “malaise” speech.
  • 2010 – BP stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico after 85 days using a 75-ton cap lowered onto the well earlier in the week.