From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Fri Sep 26 14:01:40 MDT 2014

Happy Friday

The U.S. Postal Service has been losing big money the last few years -- partly chalked up to Congress' insistence it prepay pension accounts -- so now the mail carrier is considering a new way to bulk up its revenues: Grocery delivery. The delivery business of milk, eggs, laundry soap and other sundries is growing across the United States and the Postal Service figures its got trucks, pre-planned routes and drivers, so why not jump in. We shall see if that becomes a reality, though. [WaPost]

Topping the news: Rep. Chris Stewart and state Sen. Luz Robles engaged in a friendly debate but showed obvious differences in the 2nd Congressional District race when it came to issues of immigration, gay marriage, and the role of the federal government. Ultimate takeaway: They were really, really nice to each other. [Trib][Fox13] Bob Bernick notes the debate was marred by moderator mishaps. [UtahPolicy

-> Utah Gov. Herbert has asked Attorney General Sean Reyes to conduct a criminal probe into a North Salt Lake medical waste incinerator after allegations of misconduct had been raised against the company. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

Tweet of the day: From @RexHuppke: "BREAKING: Earthquake near Anchorage shakes Alaska, briefly disrupts Sarah Palin's backyard view of Russia"

Happy Birthday: Today to state Rep. Angela Romero, on Saturday to state Sen. Allen Christensen and Chaffetz District Director Wade Garrett, and on Sunday to JM Bell and Scott Howell.

In other news: The FDA has sent letters to two companies headquartered in Utah, dōTERRA and Young Living Essential Oils for improperly labeling their products. [DNews]

-> Fifth District Court Judge Jeffrey Wilcox ruled that even though a Washington couple hasn't payed their mortgage since December 2008 they still can't be evicted because Bank of America improperly foreclosed on the home. [Trib]

-> The owner of the 10 horses that were found dead due to dehydration, has been charged with animal cruelty. [Trib]

-> Riverton's city Planning Commission approved an ordinance that will place restrictions on title-loan companies. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the biggest concerns by some people vs. others. [Trib]

-> Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the poll on teachers packing concealed guns, a record number of bills filed by lawmakers and other Utah political news. [UtahPolicy]

-> West Valley City may attempt to hold off on rezoning new housing developments where the small amount of open land in the city still remains. [Trib]

-> After Republican Mia Love declined to participate in a joint debate with Democrat Doug Owens, both answered hard questions in separate appearances before state business leaders. [Trib][DNews]

-> Paul Rolly discusses how the "Zion Curtain" is protecting Utahns but not necessarily airport travelers. [Trib]

Nationally: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced his plan to resign once his successor has been confirmed. [NYTimes][WaPost][Examiner][WSJ][Politico][LATimes] Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jason Chaffetz say while they disagreed with Holder often, they appreciated his service. [Trib]

-> President Barack Obama says that America planned to attack the Islamic jihadists in Syria but have no plans to aid Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. [NYTimes][Examiner]

-> U.S. military forces continue to focus on targeting Islamic jihadist's source of revenue in order to leave the group incapable of carrying out their operations. [NYTimes]

-> The FBI claims to have identified the masked Islamic jihadist shown in the various videotapes of beheadings of American journalists. [Examiner]

-> Staten Island Zoo's groundhog "Chuck," who is basically New York's Punxsutawney Phil, died a few days after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped the animal during last year's Groundhog Day weather forecast. [NYTimes][WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Chris Stewart meets with the American Thoracic Society, the Utah Broadcasters and speaks to students at Foxboro Elementary.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn and speaks at Associated Students of the University of Utah event.
  • President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit and attends a Democratic National Committee roundtable.

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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