From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Thu Jun 26 12:00:42 MDT 2014

Happy Thursday

Hillary Clinton says she's not Mitt Romney, and that she's not stuck in a bubble away from regular folks. During an interview with the PBS Newshour, Clinton pushed back when host Gwen Ifill pointed out that caricatures of candidates sometimes stick, like how Romney was painted as aloof and out of touch. "That's a false equivalency," Clinton said. "People can judge me for what I've done. And I think when somebody's out in the public eye, that's what they do. So I'm fully comfortable with who I am, what I stand for and what I've always stood for." [NJ]

Topping the news: The 10th Circuit Court ruled two-to-one that banning same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution, legalizing gay marriage in Utah and the other five states covered by the 10th. The appellate court stayed the ruling pending a U.S. Supreme Court appeal. Gov. Gary Herbert said in an official statement that he is upset by the ruling and the AG's office will file a writ seeking a review by the high court. [Trib] [DNews] [StandEx] [KUTV] [KSL] [Fox13] [NYTimes] [WaPost] [LATimes]

-> Check out how Utahns reacted to the news on same-sex marriage through social media. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert announced that he will run for re-election in 2016. [Trib] The news means that Rep. Jim Matheson could opt to run against Sen. Mike Lee, says Bryan Schott. [UtahPolicy]

Tweets of the day: From @EricEthington: "You can now take a 'get married to your same-sex partner in every state Mitt Romney lives in' tour."

-> From @shoninutah: "Dear @GovHerbert Could you please tell me when the Anarchy begins? I would like to be ready."

-> From @MichelleMumford: "Think of how much the red vest just went up in value."

In other news: The UTA Board plans to keep executive salaries for the agency comparable to similar groups in the market. [Trib]

-> UTA was named an "outstanding public transportation system" for 2013, which ranks it among the best in the nation. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The Democratic candidate for Utah attorney general is criticizing the way current Attorney General Sean Reyes is handling the John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff scandal, charging, "I would say that office morale is lower than I've ever seen it. There was a desire for leadership that hasn't occurred." [Trib] [DNews]

-> Salt Lake County officials are moving money around in their budget to cover substance abuse programs and treatment plans until Medicaid is expanded. [Trib]

-> All 29 Utah counties qualify for a disaster declaration because of the drought. [Trib]

-> Rebecca Benally won the Democratic primary election for San Juan County commissioner and will be the first woman to hold the position if she wins the general election in November. [Trib]

Nationally: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says he will sue President Barack Obama because of his use of executive orders, saying, "In my view, the president has not faithfully executed the law." [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico] [LATimes]

-> Cleveland officials were surprised to find their city still in contention for the 2016 Republican National Convention along with Dallas. The RNC winnowed the list, cutting out Kansas City and Denver. [PlainDealer]

-> The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers cannot search cellphones without a warrant. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [LATimes]

-> The Environmental Protection Agency, much like the IRS, is missing emails. [Politico]

-> Two senior officers with the Department of Veterans Affairs are leaving the agency in the latest round of resignations after an investigation found employees left veterans waiting without adequate care. [NYTimes]

-> Members of Congress celebrated musician Prince on the thirtieth anniversary of his album "Purple Rain," complete with video and singing. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks at the Politico Future of Mobile event, talks with the Congressional Art Competition winner from Utah's 3rd District and travels back to Utah.
  • Rep. Chris Stewart also meets with the Congressional Art Competition winner, meets with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, votes and later attends the International Dairy Foods reception.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert participates in a KUED Media conference, attends a Huntsman Seminar on constitutional government for teachers and discusses Healthy Utah with the Utah Optometric Association. Herbert later interviews with Morgan Lyon Cotti and Dan Jones for "Political History of Utah" and speaks on a KSL program.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox delivers remarks at the South Central Communications Fiber groundbreaking in Kanab.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends the Conference of Mayors meeting and speaks with Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker takes part in the National League of Cities Finance Committee meeting in Chicago.
  • President Barack Obama travels to Minneapolis and hosts a town hall. He later speaks at a fundraiser event.

-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner and | political cornflakes blog 

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