Ten Things You Need to Know About Utah Politics – August 8, 2014

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.



  • 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.