ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 18, 2014Bryan Schott·July 18, 2014· Share Herbert says the state will recognize same-sex marriages if the Supreme Court doesn’t intervene. Swallow and Shurtleff get their first court dates. Bishop takes a fundraising lead over McAleer. Countdown: 109 days until the 2014 midterm elections 192 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature 473 days until the 2015 elections 549 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 844 days until the 2016 presidential election Friday’s top news stories: Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah will recognize same-sex marriages performed in the state if the Supreme Court fails to grant a stay [Deseret News]. The first court dates for John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are set [Deseret News]. Gov. Gary Herbert wants the state to settle the issues surrounding Common Core once and for all [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune]. Rep. Rob Bishop takes the fundraising lead over Democrat Donna McAleer [Utah Policy]. The Utah state school board postpones a decision on whether the state should renew it’s No Child Left Behind waiver [Tribune, Deseret News]. A new study says the number of Utahns who fall into the Medicaid coverage gap is greater than previously estimated [Tribune, Deseret News]. Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduces legislation to speed up the deportation process to deal with the crisis on the southern border [Utah Policy, Tribune]. Work is set to begin work on a $1.8 billion improvement to Salt Lake City International Airport [Tribune, Deseret News]. On this day in history: 64 – A great fire began that ultimately destroyed most of Rome. 1936 – The Democratic National Convention in Chicago nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt for a third term in office. 1969 – A car driven by Sen. Ted Kennedy plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. His passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, died. 1976 – Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci earned the first perfect score at the Olympics and went on to win three gold medals.