Ten Things You Need to Know About Utah Politics – August 6, 2014

Utah appeals a ruling striking down its ban on same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court. Utah set to launch comprehensive review of its correction system. Obama’s popularity rating falls to an all-time low.



  • 90 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 173 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 454 days until the 2015 elections
  • 530 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 825 days until the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday’s top headlines:

  • Utah appeals a lower court ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • State leaders are set to begin a review of Utah’s prison system in order to deal with an expected population boom over the next two decades [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Here’s how little members of Congress work compared to you [ABC News].
  • President Obama’s approval rating falls to a new all-time low [NBC News].
  • Here’s a fairly good list of those who are considering throwing their hat in the ring to replace Sen. John Valentine [Utah Politico Hub].
  • A number of schools in northern Utah would receive failing grades under No Child Left Behind [Herald Journal].
  • The South Jordan City Council votes unanimously to not pursue a split with the Jordan School District [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • West Jordan City Councilman Justin Stoker issues an apology for his statements calling the Salt Lake City government “bloated” and “corrupt” [Tribune].
  • A study about the cost of maintaing and improving Utah’s water system is sparking some criticism from water-conservation groups [Deseret News].
  • Former Senator Chris Buttars is using his post-legislature career to become an author [Utah Policy].
  • For the tech enthusiasts: Apple plans to unveil the new iPhone on September 9th [Hot Hardware], while Samsung is set to debut their phablet on September 3 [Business Insider].

On this day in history:

  • 1914 – Austria-Hungary declared war against Russia, and Serbia declared war against Germany at the outbreak of World War I.
  • 1945 – The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
  • 1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.
  • 2007 – The Crandall Canyon Mine in central Utah collapsed, trapping six coal miners. All six miners and three rescuers were killed.
  • 2009 – Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.