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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 11, 2014
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses his Congressional seat in a primary. Lack of action on Medicaid expansion could impact Salt Lake County. An ethics proposal aims to prevent lobbyists from giving false information to lawmakers.
Wednesday's political news highlights:
- 13 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
- 146 days until the 2014 midterm elections
- 229 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
- 510 days until the 2015 elections
- 586 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 881 days until the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- Absolute shocker! House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses his primary fight to a Tea Party challenger in Virginia [Politico].
- The Utah Legislature's inaction on Medicaid expansion could mean cuts in prevention and treatment programs in Salt Lake County [Deseret News].
- The Salt Lake City Council approves a budget for next year that gives employees a modest pay raise but nixes money for holiday fireworks [Tribune].
- A pro-same-sex marriage group launches an online petition urging the state to "stop hurting Utah families" by refusing benefits to married gay couples [Tribune].
- The Salt Lake City police officer who refused an assignment as part of this past weekend's Pride parade has resigned [Deseret News, Tribune].
- The Days of '47 Parade organizers will not go back on their decision to not allow the pro-gay "Mormons Building Bridges" a place during the July 24th event [Tribune].
- Sen. Daniel Thatcher is proposing an ethics measure to prevent lobbyists from providing false information to legislators [Utah Policy].
- Doug Owens, the Democratic candidate in Utah's 4th Congressional District, makes a 300,000 television ad buy in his race against Republican Mia Love [Deseret News].
- New Census numbers show more than half of foreign-born Utah residents speak English "very well" [Tribune].
- The state is suing the Bureau of Land Management for blocking energy development on some public lands in the state [Tribune].
- 1509 - England's King Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon.
- 1770 - Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.
- 1942 - The United States and the Soviet Union signed a lend lease agreement to aid the Soviet efforts in World War II.
- 1963 - Gov. George Wallace confronted federal troops at the University of Alabama in an effort to defy a federal order allowing two black students to enroll in school.
- 1963 - Buddhist monk Quang Duc immolated himself on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.
- 1987 - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher won a third consecutive term in office.
- 1990 - The Supreme Court struck down a federal law prohibiting desecration of the American Flag.
- 1993 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled people who commit "hate crimes" may be sentenced to extra punishment.
- 2001 - Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
- 2004 - Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was laid to rest following a state funeral in Washington, D.C.
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