Iowa candidate threatens castration by gun. 10th Circuit takes up same-sex marriage case today. Utah asks top state court to drop gay marriage adoptions.
Happy Thursday. First there was the Senate candidate from Iowa who noted she would take her skills in castrating pigs to Washington and now there's the Senate candidate from Iowa who wants to use his Glock to accomplish the same point. Bob Quast, an independent candidate, shows off his pistol and brandishes a knife as he threatens bodily harm to anyone who would hurt his sister or daughters. [TPM]
Topping the news: Today, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear both sides of the appeal of Judge Robert Shelby's ruling overturning the ban on same-sex marriage in Utah. [Trib] [Fox13] [Fox13][ABC4][WaPost] [CNN] Here's a look at he we got to this point. [Trib] Same-sex marriage supporters held a rally outside the courthouse in Denver. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The state is asking the Utah Supreme Court to block orders from a judge who approved adoptions for same-sex couples so they can't get amended birth certificates for their children. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [ABC4] [CityWeekly]
-> Former Utah deputy AG Kirk Torgensen was put on paid administrative leave "pending further internal investigations," after a search warrant was unsealed. [Trib] [DNews] [FOX13] [KUTV] [ABC4]
-> Officials say that the recently discovered oil spill in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was caused by a "pinhole" leak that went undetected for weeks or months. [Trib] [KUER]
Tweet of the day: From @StephenAtHome: "FBI documents allege @TheRevAl was a mob informant. He must have joined @MSNBC as part of the witness protection program."
In other news: Robert Gehrke runs down some of the biggest races that may be decided at the political party conventions this Saturday. [Trib]
-> The Utah Republican Party has a plan to avoid a runaway speech at the state convention this time around but putting all speeches on the main stage. [UtahPolicy]
-> Unless the 4th of July Sugar House fireworks show receives more money by Friday the event will not happen this year. [Trib]
-> SL Co. is looking for residents to join a committee to work on ideas on how to govern the unincorporated areas of the county. [Trib] [KUER]
-> Riders boarded buses and trains 28,500 times on free UTA passes between Feb. 17 and April 7. [Trib]
-> The Salt Lake Chamber will name former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt the 2014 Giant in Our City. [Trib]
-> The feds are scrutinizing a deal between the owners of The Tribune and the Deseret News. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley takes a look at the Fox News world map. [Trib]
Nationally: The so-called "kissing congressman," Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., is turning to Duck Dynasty's Willis Robertson for help in dealing with being caught on tape smooching with one of his aides. [ABC]
-> President Barack Obama yesterday delivered his second speech for a shooting at Fort Hood. [WaPost]
-> House Republicans have requested a criminal investigation of former IRS official Lois Lerner. [NYTimes]
-> Senate Republicans blocked a bill aimed at narrowing the wage gap between men and women. [Politico]
-> A House committee killed a proposal from Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., to give members of Congress who live more than 50 miles away from the Capitol a $25 per day stipend for they days they are in session. He said the current pay freeze could lessen the diversity in the House. [WaPost]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz hits the Aspen breakfast on the Syrian refugee crisis, an Oversight hearing of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner contempt charge, interviews on Fox News and meets with Blue Cross/Blue Shield before returning to Utah.
- Rep. Rob Bishop speaks at the annual Oil and Gas Association meeting, attends the Republican Policy Committee meeting, co-hosts the Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee briefing regarding close air support and the A-10, meets with representatives of the Utah Association of Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers, and discusses the F-35 with Col. Kathryn Kolbe, commander of the 75th Air Base Wing at Hill AFB.
- Gov. Gary Herbert heads to the Giant in Our City award ceremony.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox hits the Grand and San Juan county conventions.
- SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends Utah League of Cities midyear convention in St. George and the National League of Cities Big Ideas for Big Cities Conference in Chicago.
- President Barack Obama reviews an exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Tex., and speaks at a Civil Rights Summit commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act before returning to Washington.
Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]
-- Thomas Burr and Topher Webb
Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/topherjwebb