From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Fri Aug 01 12:23:07 MDT 2014

Happy Friday

A majority of Americans now disapprove of Obamacare, the highest percent against President Barack Obama's health care reform passed five years ago. A new survey says 53 percent of people view the Affordable Care Act unfavorably, 8 points higher than the same poll found in June. Digging into the numbers, it also seems that Americans aren't completely up to speed on what the reforms are or have done. [HuffPost]

Topping the news: The Libertas Institute is suing the Utah State School Board over its approval of the Common Core standards in Utah classrooms. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]

-> Congressional candidate Mia Love used polling results sent out by her opponent Doug Owens to fundraise for her own campaign. [Trib]

-> A former top adviser to the Mitt Romney campaign says the "Draft Mitt" calls need to end so as not to hinder other Republicans hoping to run for president in 2016. [DNews]

-> Paul Rolly notes that a pastor for two Seventh-day Adventist congregations was denied a discount at Budget car rental after the clerk realized his church group wasn't with the LDS Church. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @jaketrapper: "We Never Tried To Impeach Bush, Says Democratic Lawmaker Who Co-Sponsored Bush Impeachment Bill"

Check this out: An amazing tilt-shift image of the Utah Capitol. [Flickr]

Happy Birthday: To Jennifer Fox Young. And on Saturday to Cam Madsen, legislative assistant for Rep. Chris Stewart.

A big thanks: To the U.'s Courtney Tanner, who spent the summer helping to bring you Political Cornflakes every weekday morning. Wishing her the best of luck in her forthcoming career.

In other news: UTA is looking into a possible move away from its current flat-fare pay system to a distance-based one, meaning the longer your commute, the more you pay. [Trib]

-> Two horses died during the BLM's roundup of more than 140 wild horses in Beaver County. [Trib]

-> Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, wonders if the remodeling of Salt Lake City International Airport will increase air pollution in the state. [DNews]

-> A former Provo city councilman originally faced 10 felony charges, but will now go to trial on only one of the charges. [Trib] [KUTV]

-> Salt Lake Co. Mayor Ben McAdams spoke about tax relief programs for those facing financial tribulations. [DNews]

-> Salt Lake County is also following through with a recycling initiative started by McAdams. [Trib]

-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the Doug Owens poll and Mark Shurtleff's use of the Internet to fight back on his charges. [UtahPolicy]

-> The Trib's Thomas Burr talks to KCPW's Roger McDonough about the push by 14 senators for a new national monument in Utah and how Mitt Romney spent his summer vacation. [KCPW]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on how some of the more conservative Supreme Court justices view women. [Trib]

-> A veteran from Utah, who fought in World War II, received the French Legion of Honor Medal. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert finished the selection process for those seeking to run for Utah's State School Board. [DNews]

-> Real Salt Lake will likely propose sponsoring a soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark to help revive the area. [DNews]

-> A pile of trash in Sugar House has nearby residents worried about bugs and safety. [Fox13]

Nationally: A bill to address President Barack Obama's requests for $3.7 billion to use on the border crisis stalled in the House after the GOP couldn't muster the votes to pass their much-smaller version. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]

-> CIA officials hacked the computers of a Senate committee charged with investigating the spy shop. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico] [LATimes]

-> Before its recess, the Senate passed a bill reforming veterans' ability to gain health care and another to expand the Highway Trust Fund until spring. [NYTimes] [WaPost]

-> The U.S. and the U.N. helped broker a cease-fire between Isreal and Hamas. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ]

-> Eric Cantor stepped down from his position as House majority leader, saying it was "an honor and a privilege" to have served. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz travels to Iowa to speak at a Republican luncheon and then returns home to Utah.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Utah Sports Commission CEO Jeff Robbins, attends a Pluralsight open house in Farmington, goes to a UEA Board of Directors meeting and later a budget meeting.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams speaks with Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn and participates in a Future of Unincorporated Salt Lake County meeting.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker takes part in a Mayor's Innovation Project conference call.
  • President Barack Obama participates in 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 Courtney Tanner and | political cornflakes blog 

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