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Thursday, June 26, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 26, 2014
A federal appeals court strikes down Utah's same-sex marriage ban. Herbert running for another term in 2016. Voter turnout for Tuesday's primary was dismal.
- 131 days until the 2014 midterm elections
- 214 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
- 495 days until the 2015 elections
- 571 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 866 days until the 2016 presidential election
Thursday's top news stories:
- A federal appeals court rules Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, City Weekly].
- Gov. Gary Herbert says the state should appeal the ruling on Utah's same-sex marriage ban all the way to the Supreme Court [Deseret News].
- Herbert tells a group of political supporters he is planning to run for another term in 2016 [Tribune].
- Voter turnout for Tuesday's primary was just 7% in Utah County [Daily Herald].
- Democratic Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont says more needs to be done to improve morale in that office [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Salt Lake County officials come up with a plan to cover some Medicaid programs, but it won't last very long unless the Legislature acts on Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
- Census numbers say minorities make up 20% of Utah's population [Tribune].
- Drought conditions prompt a federal disaster declaration for every county in Utah [Tribune].
- The Utah Transit Authority is named one of the best transit systems in America [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1894 - The American Railway Union, led by Eugene Debs, called a general strike in sympathy with Pullman workers.
- 1917 - The first American troops arrived in France during World War I.
- 1919 - The New York Daily News was first published.
- 1945 - The United Nations charter was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.
- 1950 - President Harry S. Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.
- 1963 - President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous speech in West Berlin where he declared "Ich bin ein Berliner."
- 1973 - Former White House counsel John Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House.
- 1990 - President George. H.W. Bush went back on his "no new taxes" campaign pledge, conceding that tax increases would have to be part of any deficit-reduction package.
- 2003 - The Supreme Court struck down state bans on sodomy.
- 2003 - Strom Thurmond, the second longest-serving senator in U.S. history, died at the age of 100.
- 2008 - The Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia.
Today's World Cup schedule:
- United States vs. Germany (10:00 am, ESPN)
- Portugal vs. Ghana (10:00 am, ESPN2)
- South Korea vs. Belgium (2:00 pm, ESPN)
- Algeria vs. Russia (2:00 pm, ESPN2)
Today At Utah Policy
||Bryan Schott's Political BS: Matheson's Path
Now that Gov. Herbert has decided to run for another term in 2016, I think we can make a pretty safe assumption about what Rep. Jim Matheson will do if he decides to get back into the political arena following his retirement from Congress....
||Tribune: Herbert in for 2016 Run
Gov. Gary Herbert reportedly told a group of prominent Republican political operatives he was planning on a run for another term as Utah's Governor in 2016....
||Weekly Survey: Amendment 3 Ruling
Now that the 10th Circuit Court has ruled Utah cannot ban same-sex marriage, what do you think the next step will be? Vote in our weekly survey....
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