From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Thu Sep 25 13:49:21 MDT 2014

Happy Thursday

It's getting a bit brutal in the Colorado Senate race pitting incumbent Mark Udall against Rep. Cory Gardner -- so brutal in fact, that they've drug Utah Sen. Mike Lee into the battle. Gardner, a Republican, is up with a new advertisement saying Udall, a Democrat, is too Washington to change Washington and cites the fact that his dad, Mo Udall, ran for president, and he has two cousins in the Senate. True. But missing from that sentence is that one cousin, Utah's Mike Lee, is a conservative, tea party-loving senator who came to Washington to fight the power, kind of like what Gardner wants to do. Perhaps the spot should be titled, "GOP Senate candidate attacks tea party senator for being too Washington." [YouTube] [DenverPost]

Topping the news: H. David Burton, the former LDS Church Presiding Bishop, has been elected as the Utah Transit Authority Board's new chairman. [Trib][DNews]

-> Third-party candidates here in Utah plan to file a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission as well as county attorneys since they have ben left out of televised debates during this election season. [Trib]

-> The federal Bureau of Land Management is stirring up controversy after it announced a proposal to lease 58 parcels in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development that would include land with archaeological ruins. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @SpencerJCox: "(1/3) Probably need to clarify my Mitt comments from today. I died a little when Romney lost and am firmly #TeamMitt. I was highlighting the

@SpencerJCox: "(2/3) importance of LOCAL govt service. Those who serve on city council/mayor/commissioner understand govt closest to people matters most."

@SpencerJCox: "(3/3) When closer to real people, gaffes less likely [$10K bet/corp. as person/Cadillacs/Nascar/47%]. Hoping next time he gets it right!"

Happy Birthday: To state Sen. Lyle Hillyard.

In other news: The Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council has suspended or revoked the powers of several police officers. [Trib][Fox13]

-> Doug Owens says if elected to Congress he'd follow in his father's footsteps to put aside partisan politics and get things done for Utah. [UtahPolicy] And he takes the lightning round challenge from Bryan Schott. [UtahPolicy]

-> Schott offers his five tips on how to lose a debate, citing what he says was a lackluster performance by Donna McAleer. [UtahPolicy]

-> The Utah and Arizona attorneys general say that Val Oveson, or whomever takes the new role over the trust holding property of polygamists in southern Utah, would be the executor, not the sole decision maker. [Trib]

-> The LDS Church's History Museum will close for a year for renovations to ensure Christ is more of the centerpiece of the facility. [Trib]

-> The Salt Lake County Library's late fees for overdue DVDs and CDs may decrease while fees for books returned late may increase, if a new library plan is accepted. [Trib]

-> Work is about to begin on a new regional park in Draper to be called the Wheadon Farm Park. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on President Barack Obama's efforts to swat away problems in the Middle East. [Trib]

-> A possible settlement may be reached between representatives of Salt Lake City and San Diego Comic Con before the case appears before a jury. [Trib]

-> U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby ducked questions regarding his gay marriage ruling in Utah during Utah State University's "Fireside Chat & Pizza" event. [Trib]

Nationally: President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, discussing many topics, but focused on the threat of Islamic jihadists and America and the allies' fight to dismantle the "network of death." [NYTimes][WaPost][WSJ][Examiner][Politico][LATimes]

-> One of the leaders from the al-Qaeda cell Khorasan group was killed during the missile strikes aimed at Islamic jihadists in Syria. [WaPost]

-> The Washington Examiner's Byron York says Mitt Romney is still considering a 2016 bid if a good GOP candidate doesn't emerge. [Examiner]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Chris Stewart speaks at Southern Utah University and later participates in a debate.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox delivers welcome remarks at Southwest Defense Alliance and speaks at a Tourism conference in Ogden.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends the Conference of Mayors.
  • President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, delivers remarks on the Ebola epidemic and holds another bilateral meeting with President Abdel Fattah el-SiSi of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

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

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