Mitt Romney has hedged on whether he'd make another presidential bid but if he did, he may find a good environment to run in 2016. While the 2012 race was about what the government could and should do, the upcoming presidential race could prove to be about what the government can't and shouldn't do -- two points that play into what Romney was arguing in his last bid for the White House. [NYTimes]
Topping the news: New internal polls show the race between Mia Love and Doug Owens as either a nail-biter or a blow out, depending on which side you want to believe. [Trib][DNews][UtahPolicy]
-> A Utah teacher who accidentally shot herself and a toilet at an elementary school has been charged with a misdemeanor and has resigned. [Trib][DNews]
-> An audit of the Governor's Office of Economic Development reveals only minor problems. [DNews]
-> The Provo Daily Herald put together a list of Utah's best moments on the Colbert Report -- mostly involving Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Check it out: [Herald].
Tweet of the day: From @pourmecoffee: "I bet at birth, Wolf Blitzer announced, 'Breaking News: I am born. I will keep you posted on this stunning and dramatic development.'"
Happy Birthday: Today to Rich McKeown and on Saturday to former state Rep. Ben Ferry.
In other news: South Jordan City argued to the State Records Committee that it should be able keep a document under wraps because the city can claim the same legal rights as a person. Cities are people, too, after all. [Trib]
-> The Utah Department of Transportation may be upgrading existing roads and mass transit as an alternative to building a West Davis Corridor freeway. [Trib]
-> Utah's website wins second place from the Center for Digital Government for Best of the Web award. [Trib]
-> A friendly 2nd District debate between Rep. Chris Stewart and state Sen. Luz Robles showed contrasts on issues of public lands, health care and climate change. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses how alumni are stunned that they can no longer buy recreation passes to the University of Utah. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick questions how state lawmakers will respond to the same-sex marriage ruling. [UtahPolicy] Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss this week in politics, including the high court ruling and Mitt Romney stumping for Mia Love. [UtahPolicy]
Nationally: Officials in Wisconsin and Texas have been stopped by the Supreme Court from requiring voters at the polls to provide photo identification in order to cast their ballots. [NYTimes]
-> According to senior administration officials, President Barack Obama may be looking to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay. [WSJ]
-> Two months after a controversial shooting in St. Louis, an 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer after the man fired three times before the officer returned fire with 17 shots. [LATimes]
-> More Ebola cases in the United States may be a possibility according to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell. [Examiner]
-> Hong Kong leaders have backed out of having talks with student pro-democracy protesters, a move that in turn has led to the students vowing to return to the streets to put pressure back on authorities. [WaPost]
-> Turkey supports a buffer zone along its frontier with Syria in order to possibly end the standoff between its country and the United States. [NYTimes][WSJ]
-> Republicans plan to question American's safety in their attacks against the Democratic Party during midterm elections. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz attends the Homeland Security Committee field hearing regarding Ebola in Dallas.
- Gov. Gary Herbert is present for the Utah School Board Association meeting, the Philanthropy roundtable and the Health Care Forum in Taylorsville.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn, speaks at Overstock.com's groundbreaking ceremony and attends county budget meetings.
- President Barack Obama attends a Democratic National Committee event in Los Angeles, delivers remarks at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park and ends his day delivering remarks at another Democratic National Committee event in San Francisco.
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-- Thomas Burr and Mallory Jesperson
Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/JespersonM