From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes, presented by Stephen P. Tryon for Congress
Date: Tue Sep 02 12:09:10 MDT 2014

Happy Tuesday

We're now in the post-Labor Day homestretch, when campaigns really kick into gear but it appears Republicans are not going to have the landslide year they were hoping for, at least when it comes to the House. Top strategists for both parties see problems with fundraising, candidate recruitment and performance as the reason the GOP may pickup only four or five seats this midterm election, half the original goal. The forecast for a Republican take-over of the Senate is still a mixed bag. [Politico]

Topping the news: As Utah's statewide election approaches, here are five things that all Utahns should know. [Trib]

-> House Speaker Becky Lockhart isn't ruling out running for governor despite being serious about her application to be the state superintendent of public schools. [DNews]

-> Some 80 percent of Utahns believe police officers should wear body cameras, though residents are split on whether officers are too quick to use deadly force, according to a new Utah Policy/Zions Bank poll. [UtahPolicy

-> For black Mormons, concerns over race trump those over gender equity. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @hcraighall: "Sign that campaign season is upon us: I'm finding zip ties (for campaign signs) in my suit coat pockets."

From @dustin_hughes: "Put away the pool. Put away the grill. Bring down the sweaters. The bittersweet end of a Labor Day, of an always-too-short summer."

Happy Birthday: To state Rep. Rebecca Edwards.

Opinion section: Leah Torres, a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, supports a bill introduced into Congress earlier this summer titled the Women's Health Protection Act, which would provide reproductive health care no matter where a woman resides. [Trib]

-> George Pyle discusses the various audits of Utah agencies and how the rich get more benefits than the poor throughout the state. [Trib]

-> Marcus R. Mumford, a Salt Lake City attorney, explains how Rich Koerber was able to get the criminal case against him dismissed. [Trib]

-> Kristen Park and Rachel Sweeten, volunteers for 'Reclaim our Republic,' say that if Utah got rid of unlimited campaign contributions the state would have less corruption. [Trib]

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-> Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, is against Utahns helping to foot the bill for a new women's museum at the National Mall in Washington. [Trib]

-> Mark McLellan, vice president for research at Utah State University, believes that since USU is so important to help bolster Utah, that research projects performed on campus should continue. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley comments on the Utah Legislature's approach to expanding Medicaid. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly talks about state officials who lost their jobs after opposing decisions made by the Utah Transit Authority. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss how Utah politicians spent their summer vacations. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says President Barack Obama has faced his own "killer rabbit" moment by not appearing to have control of foreign policy but a good grip on his golf game. [DNews

Weekend in review: The Salt Lake City Council hopes a $3 million investment will help lengthen the Sugar House Streetcar line. [Trib]

-> According to a deputy Bannock County prosecutor, Idaho's agency responsible for protecting children wanted to send the eight boys from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints back home to their parents in an effort to save the state money. [Trib]

-> Tesoro Refining & Marketing might consider changing the route of the planned Uinta Express Pipeline after Summit County officials and stakeholders expressed concern about possible watershed impacts. [Trib]

-> Mitt Romney will speak at BYU in November just two years and a week following his loss to Obama. [KUTV]

-> Mayor Ralph Becker has no intention of starting a fight with the state over current gun laws. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City's first ever permanent and protected bike lane will be revealed in mid-October. [Trib]

-> Utah's attorney general candidates promise to help restore public trust after the scandal that enveloped the last officeholders. [Trib]

Nationally: In response to Ukranian leaders' warning of "a great war" with Russia, NATO leaders plan to meet and possibly establish a rapid-reaction force that will be able to deploy quickly into Eastern Europe if need be. [NYTimes][WSJ]

-> Protestors in Pakistan are in their third week of demonstrations in an effort t0 force the current prime minister to resign from his position. [WaPost]

-> Texas Democrats and minority groups opposing the state's law that requires voters to show a government-issued photo identification before casting their ballots, now have the support of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. [NYTimes]

-> An American airstrike on Sunday helped Shiite militias regain control of Amerli, a Northern Iraqi town that was previously controlled by the ISIS. [WaPost][NYTimes][WSJ]

-> Democrats are looking to attract support from African Americans horrified by the events in Ferguson in order to keep control of the Senate. [NYTimes]

-> ISIS' new weapon is its use of media sources. These extremists have utilized videos, images shot from drones, and multilingual Twitter messages in order to recruit, intimidate, and promote their cause. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Kem Gardner and Zion's Bank President Scott Anderson and reviews the recent Tribal Council meeting.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox hits a policy meeting, a governor's advisory team meeting, and then sits down with his leadership team.
  • President Barack Obama travels to the Republic of Estonia.

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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