How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 21, 2014

Supreme Court issues a stay so Utah will not yet have to recognize same-sex marriages. A soccer stadium may revitalize the State Fairpark. Utah’s unemployment rate continues to fall.



  • 106 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 189 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 470 days until the 2015 elections
  • 546 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 841 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday’s top news stories:

  • The Supreme Court issues an emergency stay which will prevent the state from recognizing same-sex marriages [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are set to make their first appearance in court on the same day [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Real Salt Lake proposes to build a minor-league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark [Tribune].
  • Utah’s unemployment rate is the second-lowest in the country [Utah PolicyTribune, Deseret News].
  • Democrat Doug Owens shakes up his campaign by hiring a new campaign manager [Deseret News].
  • Republican Chris Stewart has 10x more money than Democrat Luz Robles in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District race [Utah Policy].
  • Reconstruction at Salt Lake International Airport will pump billions of dollars into Utah’s economy [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1899 – Author Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Ill.
  • 1925 – The Scopes “monkey trial” ended with John Scopes convicted of violating state law for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. The conviction was later overturned.
  • 1954 – France surrendered North Vietnam to the Communists.
  • 1988 – Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Atlanta.
  • 2007 – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the final book in the series by J.K. Rowling, went on sale.