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Thursday, May 29, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 29, 2014
Hatch says it's inevitable that same-sex marriage will become legal. Democrat Doug Owens calls for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. Students say Wasatch High School altered their yearbook photos without permission.
Thursday's top Utah political news stories:
- 26 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 159 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 242 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
- 523 days until the 2015 elections
- 599 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 894 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- Sen. Orrin Hatch says same-sex marriage will probably become the land of the land sooner or later [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
- Democrat Doug Owens says Secretary of Veterans Affiars Eric Shinseki should resign immediately due to the burgeoning scandal in the VA medical system [Tribune].
- Utah lawmakers are considering changes to the way they deal with budget surpluses [Utah Policy].
- Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams launches a diversity and non-discrimination campaign for employees [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Several girls at Wasatch High School say the school altered their yearbook photos to cover up exposed skin [Tribune].
- Consumer confidence in Utah slipped a bit last month, but still remains high [Tribune].
- There are rumors that Jon Huntsman, Sr. is angling to buy the Salt Lake Tribune [Salt Lake Magazine].
- 1765 - Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act saying "If this be treason, make the most of it!"
- 1790 - Rhode Island became the last of the original 13 colonies to ratify the United States Constitution.
- 1848 - Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.
- 1917 - John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States, was born in Massachusetts.
- 1953 - Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
- 1988 - President Ronald Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union.
- 1990 - Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic.
- 2004 - A memorial to America's World War II veterans was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
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