First Lady Michelle Obama counted on support from school lunch folks to pass legislation meant to make offering for kids more healthy but the School Nutrition Association is now siding with House Republicans on a push for waivers from the law and to relax the standards. In other words, it's the first lady vs. the lunch ladies. [Politico]
Topping the news: Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff responded to the way federal and state agents searched his home, calling their tactics "Dirty Harry" and "horrific abuse." Shurtleff was not at his residence at the time but his family was. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [KSL] [Fox13]
-> The John Swallow investigation has highlighted the secret ways money can flow into campaigns and how nonprofits are used to shield donors. [NYTimes]
-> Jim Matheson publicly endorsed Democratic candidate Doug Owens, running for Utah Congress in the 4th District against Republican Mia Love. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy] Owens talks about his line of attack against Love. [UtahPolicy]
-> A Dec. 31 deadline set by the state for the feds to turn over public lands is likely to come and go, and an immediate lawsuit is unlikely. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @MattLyonSLC: "I think Shurtleff would have preferred a 2 hour appt window . . . like comcast, the FBI is known for their service."
-> From @BenMcAdams: "Candidates should know that yard signs can't vote. Especially the ones at freeway exits and in weed covered yards of vacant homes."
Happy Birthday: To Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Gov. Gary Herbert's incoming chief of staff, Justin Harding.
In other news: A Utah lawmaker and attorney thinks if the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the legality same-sex marriage soon, it won't be the end of the battle. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL]
-> A proposed tightening of the state's work requirements for welfare could complicate efforts to get a waiver to an alternative plan to expand Medicaid in Utah. [Trib]
-> The father of a Utah soldier killed searching for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former POW, says the exchange deal is "disgraceful." [Trib]
-> The BLM says there's no immediate danger from the possible decades old oil spill in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments and so no plan to remediate the area. [Trib]
-> Construction began on the newly named George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater, formerly known as the Utah Performing Arts Center, on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy]
-> The Salt Lake City Council decided to write a letter to the Days of '47 Parade organizers after they chose not to include a group that advocates for amicable relations between Mormons and gays. The council considered boycotting the event, but chose not to. [Trib] [KUTV]
-> Check out cartoonist Pat Bagley's take on Eric Shinseki and the alleged mistreatment of veterans in hospitals across the nation. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses criticisms he received in his column on Rep. Ken Ivory's political agenda and personal affiliations that blur the boundaries. [Trib]
-> The Salt Lake City Police Department has begun posting information about rape cases online, while still concealing the identity of victims. [Trib] [Fox13]
-> Salt Lake County officials decided to restrict fireworks in unincorporated townships for the first time under its jurisdiction. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City residents implored City Council members not to change the Rose Park Golf Course. [Trib]
Nationally: Amongst criticisms that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the recently recovered POW from the Afghan War, is a deserter, President Barack Obama defended his decision. [Trib] [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [LATimes]
-> Check out the results of the primary elections for the Senate, the House and state governors on this map. [Politico]
-> The Secret Service is looking into software development that could detect sarcasm on social media sites, among other useful tools. We wish them the best of luck. [WaPost]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz returns to Utah after his travels in New York.
- Gov. Gary Herbert holds an Energy Summit at the Salt Palace, visits Girls State at Weber State University, returns to the summit to present awards and ends his day with first judicial district interviews.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox takes part in the Governor's Energy Summit.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams speaks at the Horizonte School graduation and attends the "Dinner at Vinny's" event.
- President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with the President-elect of Ukraine, meets with the president of Poland and takes part in a Freedom Day event. Obama then travels to Belgium where he speaks with the king and prime minister. Later, he works with the Council of the European Union and attends a G-7 working dinner.
-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/CourtneyLTanner