How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 23, 2014

Herbert chides Obama over border crisis. Robles hopes vote-by-mail will help her win a Congressional seat. Utah looks into online voting.


  • 104 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 187 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 468 days until the 2015 elections
  • 544 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 839 days until the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday’s top news stories:

  • Gov. Gary Herbert joins five other Republican governors in asking President Obama to address the growing humanitarian crisis on the nation’s southern border [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Democrat Luz Robles says she hopes to encourage more voting by mail in her bid to unseat Rep. Chris Stewart [Tribune].
  • A pair of conflicting court rulings over Obamacare could affect healthcare consumers in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Utah forms a committee to study the feasibility of voting via the internet [Tribune, Daily Herald]. 
  • A Democratic legislative candidate in American Fork is facing charges of kidnapping, assault and selling pain medication [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Last year’s federal government shutdown had a big impact on visitation to the national parks in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A coalition of healthcare professionals ask President Obama to create a new national monument by setting aside an area of land around Canyonlands National Park [Tribune].
  • Inflation is on the rise in Utah [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1885 – Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died at the age of 63.
  • 1914 – Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand; the dispute led to World War I.
  • 1967 – Rioting that claimed 43 lives erupted in Detroit.
  • 1984 – Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title, because of nude photographs of her published in Penthouse magazine.