Ten Things You Need To Know for Monday – August 18, 2014

Utah’s overwhelmingly support the state’s appeal of Amendment 3 to the Supreme Court. GOP chairman warns Republican candidates against participating in debates sponsored by a left-wing organization. Sugar House Streetcar not attracting very many riders.



  • 78 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 161 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 442 days until the 2015 elections
  • 518 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 813 days to the 2016 presidential election

Monday’s top-10 headlines:

  • A new poll shows nearly 2/3 of Utahns support the state’s appeal of Amendment 3 to the Supreme Court [Utah Policy].
  • The internal numbers of that poll suggest same-sex marriage is a toxic political issue for Utahns [Utah Policy].
  • Utah County officials urge the Utah Transportation Commission to consider new freeway projects to accommodate exploding growth [Tribune].
  • The Utah GOP chairman is warning Republican candidates to stay away from debates sponsored by a progressive group [Utah Policy].
  • Utah’s jobless rate rises slightly to 3.6 percent [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A judge orders a new GOP primary in a Millard County Commission race after ruling enough illegal votes casts doubt on the five-vote margin of victory from the original contest [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council is considering an ordinance requiring investigators to analyze every rape kit collected by the Salt Lake City police [Tribune].
  • Utah’s Democrats want Sen. John Valentine’s replacement to be elected rather than appointed [Daily Herald, Deseret News].
  • The new Sugar House Streetcar is attracting new businesses to the area, but very few riders [Tribune].
  • Gay activist Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer will headline a fundraiser for Democratic Congressional candidate Donna McAleer [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1920 – The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote, was ratified when Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.
  • 1963 – James Merideth became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
  • 1988 – Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle was nominated as George H.W. Bush’s running mate during the Republican National Convention in New Orleans.
  • 1991 – Soviet hard-liners launched a coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail Gorbachev.