How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – August 1, 2014

Mia Love fundraising off a poll by her opponent. No effort to draft Mitt Romney for 2016. Lawsuit filed over Utah’s adoption of Common Core.


  • 95 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 178 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 459 days until the 2015 elections
  • 535 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 830 days until the 2016 presidential election

Friday’s top news stories:

  • Republican Mia Love is using an internal poll from her Democratic opponent, Doug Owens, to boost her own fundraising [Tribune].
  • An effort to draft Mitt Romney for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination is on hold amid worries it might hurt Republican candidates during the 2014 midterm elections [Deseret News].
  • The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, along with federal lawyers, are arguing the state waited too long to file suit over roads across public lands [Tribune].
  • Sen. David Hinkins says the state needs to scrutinize plans to expand Salt Lake International Airport and its impact on air quality [Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert names 14 candidates for the seven state school board slots up for election in November [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A libertarian group files suit over the state’s adoption of Common Core academic standards [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is joining forces with the Utah YWCA to fight domestic violence [KSL].
  • The Utah Transit Authority is considering switching to distance-based fares [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1790 – The first U.S. census was completed, showing a population of nearly 4 million people.
  • 1786 – Colorado was admitted to the union as the 38th state.
  • 1981 – The music video channel MTV made its debut. The first video shown was Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.
  • 1988 – Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh began broadcasting his nationally syndicated radio program.