ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – August 1, 2014Bryan Schott·August 1, 2014· Share 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. Countdown: 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.