From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Tue Jun 17 12:10:22 MDT 2014

Happy Tuesday

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has threatened to "renounce" the Republican Party after seeing images of immigrant children crowded in federal cells and headed for deportation. "Finally, they have won me over. I actually agree with the liberals' war whoop," Palin posted to her Facebook. "I, too, demand that this issue of young illegal aliens flooding across our border into horrendous conditions be taken care of. Now!" [HuffPost]

Topping the news: The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is revising its policy toward one-time liquor permits, meaning Snowbird's Oktoberfest will most likely be able to serve beer. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [KSL] [Fox13]

-> A group aiming to save The Salt Lake Tribune has filed a federal lawsuit to halt a deal between The Trib's owner and the Deseret News that changed the revenue stream between the two Salt Lake dailies. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [KSL] [SLWeekly]

-> The Arizona attorney general is asking a federal judge to shut down the police force in the polygamous town of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @RobertGehrke: "Holy sweet baby Moses. The #utleg session ended three months ago and the governor is still doing ceremonial (pretend) bill signings."

Happy Birthday: To state Rep. Rich Cunningham, R-South Jordan, BYU's Kelly Patterson and Ally Isom.

In other news: The Days of '47 Parade faces no fee for police service, while organizers of the Utah Gay Pride Parade may have to pay more than $10,000. [Trib]

-> Mormon bloggers are rallying behind the two members of the LDS Church being threatened with excommunication. [Trib]

-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in an interview with KSL's Doug Wright that regardless of political party, most Americans are tired of the way President Barack Obama is handling the situation in Iraq. [DNews]

-> A man is suing Gov. Gary Herbert and other Utah officials after running for the state school board and being turned down for the position, he says, solely based on his personal opinions. [Trib]

-> Sen. Daniel Thatcher wants to better define the idea of a public employee and a campaign worker. [UtahPolicy]

-> A key figure in Utah's history had no headstone for about 96 years but now has a marked grave thanks to Don Thomas and Boyer Jarvis. [Trib]

Nationally: President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order that outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation by federal contractors. [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico] [LATimes]

-> Obama also plans to send 275 military personnel to Iraq to help stabilize the country's current conflict. [WaPost] [LATimes]

-> Two House panels are investigating the IRS's claim that the agency lost Lois Lerner's emails in a computer crash. [NYTimes]

-> Hillary Clinton declined to weigh in on the Keystone XL pipeline, saying, "I can't really comment at great length because I had responsibility for it and it's been passed on and it wouldn't be appropriate." [WaPost]

-> The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that people may not purchase a gun with the intention of buying it for someone else. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [LATimes]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Chris Stewart tours the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, eats lunch with the head of the Government Accountability Office, meets with the director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife and county commissioners to talk about ESA issues and attends a dinner at the Library of Congress.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert speaks with Kristen Cox of the SUCCESS Project for an update, participates in a CEO roundtable and ceremonially signs bills. Herbert later meets with the Alta Hotshot crew, attends the Utah State Employee's Charitable Fund 1% Club meeting and talks with Justin Harding and Marty Carpenter.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at the grand opening of E-surance in Ogden and takes part in the governor's strategy meeting.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends a Unified Fire Authority meeting and later a County Council meeting.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker holds a department directors' meeting.
  • President Barack Obama travels to Pennsylvania, where he tours TechShop Pittsburgh. He then arrives in New York to attend a Senate Majority PAC roundtable and speak at a party fundraiser before returning to the White House.

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

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