From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Wed May 28 12:00:41 MDT 2014
Body:


Happy Wednesday

Hillary Clinton shouldn't run for president. Why? A Democratic consultant gives some reasons, arguing mainly that she would be a kingmaker if she doesn't try and she doesn't need the headache that a presidential run would bring. Also, she would inherit a mess. [WaPost]

Topping the news: Veteran advocates are speaking out against Sen. Orrin Hatch's politically charged comments on Memorial Day. [Trib]

-> The Salt Lake City Council chose not to boycott the Days of '47 parade, despite its disapproval of the parade's fundraisers for not allowing Mormons Building Bridges to have a float in the event. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert picked Rep. Jason Chaffetz's top aide Justin Harding as his new chief of staff. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]

Tweet of the day: From @KPete801: "I was there when Utah adopted Jell-o as its official snack food. So was Bill Cosby. #historicmomentinutleg?"

In other news: Salt Lake City Council members are hoping for a federal grant to extend the Sugarhouse Streetcar line to Highland Drive. [Trib]

-> Arkansas GOP Sen. David J. Sanders says the state's expansion of Medicaid through a private option is succeeding and that Utahns know states are better at leading than Washington. [DNews]

-> The state liquor commission plans to enforce stricter rules for community events that serve alcohol, such as Snowbird's Oktoberfest. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> The Ordain Women group pushing for admittance into the all-male priesthood of the LDS Church has some new tactics in mind. [Trib]

-> Low water levels at Lake Powell threaten future power generation in the area. [KUTV]

Nationally: President Barack Obama announced a plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by 2016, with gradual decreases inbetween. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [LATimes]

-> The father of one of the victims of the Santa Barbara, Calif., shooting said in an interview directed at members of Congress that "getting a call from a politician doesn't impress me." He implored for them to act on gun control measures. [WaPost]

-> Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher famous for his standoff with the Bureau of Land Management, is now a member of the Independent American Party, having left the Republican Party. [WaPost] [Politico]

-> Congress discussed possible recalls to a school lunch nutrition plan that Michelle Obama created in 2010; she called their talk "unacceptable." [WaPost] [Politico]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz returns to Washington, calls Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, votes in the evening and attends an NRCC Young Guns dinner.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert hits an Education Excellence meeting and a China business symposium, meets with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, interviews student Regent nominees and ends his day with a briefing on the Energy Development Summit.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox also goes to the Education Excellence meeting.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams speaks with various staff members from the county and unveils his inclusion campaign at a press conference.
  • President Barack Obama travels to New York to give a commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point and returns back to the White House where he ends his day with a meeting with Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew.

-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/CourtneyLTanner


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