ArchiveTen Things You Need to Know About Utah Politics – August 8, 2014Bryan Schott·August 8, 2014· Share Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq. Plaintiffs in case against Utah’s same-sex marriage ban want SCOTUS to decide the issue. Mia Love rakes in cash on the speaking circuit. Countdown: 88 days until the 2014 midterm elections 171 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature 452 days until the 2015 elections 528 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) 823 days until the 2016 presidential election Friday’s top headlines: President Obama authorizes limited airstrikes in Iraq to protect American personnel [CNN]. The plaintiffs against Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage also want the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue [Tribune, Deseret News]. Republican Mia Love earned about $27,000 on the speaking circuit according to financial disclosure forms [Tribune]. A federal judge says a lawsuit against Utah’s so-called “ag gag” law can go forward [Deseret News, Tribune]. Sen. Orrin Hatch hits back at the 14 senators asking President Obama to create a new national monument in Utah saying they should “keep their mitts off’ the Beehive State [Deseret News]. Montana Democratic Senator John Walsh drops out of his re-election race amid allegations of plagiarism [U.S. News and World Report]. Bob Bernick remembers Sen. John Valentine’s 26-years in office [Utah Policy]. Salt Lake City is cracking down on drivers for ridesharing services Uber and Lyft [Tribune]. The Jordan School District will pay a former administrator $500,000 as part of his severance [Tribune]. UTA announces changes to bus and train service [Deseret News]. On this day in history: 1588 – English forces attacked the Spanish Armada, permanently crippling Spain’s “invincible” fleet. 1844 – Brigham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons following the killing of Joseph Smith. 1945 – President Harry S. Truman signed the United Nations Charter. 1974 – President Richard M. Nixon announced he would resign following damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.