ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – July 23, 2014Bryan Schott·July 23, 2014· Share Herbert chides Obama over border crisis. Robles hopes vote-by-mail will help her win a Congressional seat. Utah looks into online voting. Countdown: 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.