The right flank of the Republican Party has given another nod toward its chosen candidate for the GOP presidential ticket in 2016: Sen. Ted Cruz. The Texas Republican won a straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, with Dr. Ben Carson coming in second and Sen. Rand Paul nabbing some 10 percent of the votes. Cruz also won the Values Voter Summit's straw poll last fall. [CNN]
Topping the news: Utahns rallied to save The Tribune on Saturday and argued for the Justice Department to toss a deal struck between the Trib's owners and The Deseret News that slashes revenues for Utah's biggest paper. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [KSL]
-> Is it possible two beaches in Normandy, one named Utah Beach, were named by a WWII commander from Utah? One family says yes, but the theory isn't confirmed. [Trib]
-> A British cousin of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell wrote her to say congratulations on the new decorating job. [Trib]
-> Despite the recent shooting in Santa Barbara, Calif., and more calls for gun control, Congress isn't going to act. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @baseballot: "No matter what else, Jay Carney's tenure as White House press secretary was successful for that time he was in the Avengers movie."
-> From @29isnot30Eddie: "#ErikShinseki. Scapegoat of the year."
Opinion section: Check out Pat Bagley's cartoon depicting the high school yearbook photo alterations--there's paper bags and a "high moral rate of morality." [Trib] Bagley also unveiled his mural of "10 Notable and Notorious Utahns" at The Leonardo. [Trib]
-> George Pyle also discusses the yearbook photoshops at Wasatch High School and says women face enough societal pressure that they don't need an additional "Americanized Taliban" slut-shaming them. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly says the Sutherland Institute sent anti-gay letters to Utah citizens asking for donations and notes that Twitter users should beware of parody accounts. [Trib]
-> Rolly also says that the Deseret News is now trying to insert its national edition into weekly Utah papers to boost circulation. [Trib]
-> Jim Baca, a former director of the BLM, commends President Barack Obama's designation of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument and hopes he will do the same for Utah's Greater Canyonlands. [Trib]
-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli explore the consequences of a new national monument in Utah. [DNews]
-> Brandy Smith, the communications coordinator for Utah Clean Energy, says Rocky Mountain Power's monopoly of electricity harms those seeking alternative energy sources, and ultimately, harms the entire state. [Trib]
-> Brian Moench, president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, says the evidence linking high morality rates in Vernal to air pollution should be heeded. [Trib]
-> Mary Beckerle, CEO and Director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, hopes pharmacies will follow the example of CVS/Caremark and quit selling tobacco products. [Trib]
-> Lisa Carricaburu, managing editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, reflects on the paper's first online versions and says more innovation is coming with a new website redesign this summer. [Trib]
-> Don Gale, a Utah writer, says The Tribune matches the traditional values of journalism better than the Deseret News. [Trib]
-> Kirk Jowers, director of the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics, discusses cumbersome partisanship and says the only way out is through "the experienced and the hopeful." [Trib]
-> Demar Dahl, Doug Heaton and Grant Gerber, who hold various offices in Elko County and Kane County and founding board members of the American Lands Council, say critiques of Rep. Ken Ivory are unfounded. [Trib]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says the theory that we need to bring back more labor to America's GDP is false. [DNews]
Weekend in review: Sen. Orrin Hatch continues his push to appeal a portion of Obamacare called the Medical Tax Device. [KUTV]
-> Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said he doesn't have the necessary staff for a presidential run in 2016 because he's "not anticipating" another attempt at election, but he also said he is open to a future of further serving his country. [DNews]
-> The Division of Air Quality in Utah plans to talk about placing restrictions on the use of fireplaces and stoves for state business. [DNews]
-> A playground in West Jordan bearing the name of Sierra Newbold, a 6-year-old girl killed in 2012, opened in West Jordan. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]
-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says that Utah's capital city is in great shape. [UtahPolicy]
-> A bridge connecting to portions of the Jordan River Trail opened to ensure safety for the bikers and walkers that use the path. [Fox13]
-> Federal officials are considering more signs and resources to protect Utah's Nine Mile Canyon after it was vandalized. [Trib]
-> The former mayor of Pittsburgh visited Salt Lake and imparted his previous experiences on city land use with local officials. [Trib]
Nationally: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American captive of the Afghan war and an Idaho native, was released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay. His parents spoke with President Barack Obama at the White House on Saturday. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ]
-> VA Director Eric Shinseki resigned amidst investigations of poor treatment of veterans in several hospitals across the nation. Obama said "he is a very good man" and regrets his resignation. [WaPost] Utah Rep. Chris Stewart was upset by Shinseki's resignation, but said he understands because of his own service in the U.S. Air Force; other Utah politicians weigh in. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]
-> Obama's press secretary Jay Carney has resigned as well. [WaPost] [Politico]
-> According to three different national polls, a majority of Americans believe global warming exists. [NYTimes] Obama will supposedly announce a plan to target carbon emissions related to global warming early this week. [LATimes]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz goes on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell show, Sean Hannity's radio show, and MSNBC's Chris Hayes's show. Chaffetz also attends a judiciary field hearing on "First Sale."
- Rep. Chris Stewart attends the Western Energy Summit.
- Gov. Gary Herbert takes part in the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce golf tournament at the Riverside Country Club and participates in the First Tee Utah Classic.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox tours the labor union training facilities in Salt Lake County.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends a Cabinet meeting, meets with the Mountain Accord Management Committee and heads to the Hogle Zoo's African Savanna exhibit reception.
- President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors, conferences with public health groups and later heads to Europe.
-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/CourtneyLTanner