From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Wed Nov 19 13:23:35 MST 2014

Happy Wednesday

Republicans have been cast as the party of no in the last few years for obstructing action in Congress -- and the whole shutdown thing, of course -- but now, with the GOP taking over the Senate a new "hell no" caucus is rising: liberals. As seen with the Keystone Pipeline vote, there are some Democrats who refuse to play along with their party leaders and are expected to stick up for their own cause come January. [Politico]

Topping the news: After a canvas of votes, Republicans picked up three House seats in the Legislature that had initially favored Democrats on Election Night. [Trib][UtahPolicy]

-> Prosecutors have agreed to separate the criminal cases of former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. [DNews]

-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz was selected to head the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Rep. Rob Bishop received the chairmanship of the House Natural Resources Committee. [Trib][Examiner][Politico][WaPost]

Tweet of the day: From @BjaminWood: "It's sounding like Utah's GOP supermajority just got super-er majority-er"

Tune in: Salt Lake City Council Chair Charlie Luke, former Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson and Trib reporter Christopher Smart join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about regulating new ground transportation companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. Mountain Time at

In other news: The slower growth in Utah's schools is giving lawmakers a chance to catch up on pressing needs. [Trib]

-> Legislation proposed by Rep. Chris Stewart passed through the House on Tuesday that makes reforms to the Environmental Protection Agency's science board. The White House has threatened to veto the bill. [Trib]

-> When the speed limits rise from 65 to 70 mph on urban interstate freeways in Utah, the Utah Highway Patrol says it plans to more strictly enforce the new speed limits. [Trib]

-> Mitt Romney visited Brigham Young University to speak at one of the university's weekly devotionals and told students that the most important work is serving others and God. [Trib][DNews][Fox13][ABC4]

-> State Sen. Luz Robles, who married earlier this year, has taken her husband's name and will be known as Luz Escamilla. [UtahPolicy]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on what black people can't do -- that white people can do without fear. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly offers tales from some good samaritan Utahns. [Trib]

-> In honor of retired Brig. Gen. Roland R. Wright, the Utah Air National Guard renamed its base in honor of him. [Trib][DNews]

Nationally: A bill that would overhaul the National Security Agency's data collection failed to make it through the Senate. [NYTimes][Examiner][WSJ][Politico][LATimes]

-> The Senate also rejected -- by one vote -- the Keystone Pipeline, though Republicans are likely to bring it back up next year when they have a majority. [WaPost]

-> An attack on a Jerusalem synagogue by two Palestinians armed with knives, axes and a gun left three Americans and one British worshipper dead.[WaPost][Examiner][WSJ][LATimes][NYTimes]

-> Despite Democrats losing in the midterm elections, the current House leaders will stay the same with Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California as minority leader. [NYTimes][LATimes]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz attends the GOP Organizing Conference, a Judiciary Committee hearing on the Secret Service and the Gershwin Ceremony.
  • Rep. Chris Stewart also attends the Republican Conference 114th Organizing Conference, meets with the Turkic American Alliance, attends the Republican Study Committee meeting, meets with BioMed, votes and sits down with Speaker John Boehner.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert hits the Republican Governors Association Conference.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox joins the USU Government Relations Council and meets with Kim Gillan, Regional Director of Health and Human Services.
  • President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a ConnectED conference and holds a bill signing.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

-- Thomas Burr and Mallory Jesperson and | political cornflakes blog 

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