From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Tue May 27 12:00:13 MDT 2014

Happy Tuesday

The White House mistakenly outed the top CIA official in Afghanistan during President Barack Obama's surprise visit to the country this past weekend. The name of the official came in a list of military brass and diplomatic aides the White House gave to reporters on the trip, and was only caught after a journalist questioned why the person was described as a "chief of station," a moniker reserved for the clandestine service. [WaPost]

Topping the news: State lawmakers are considering changes to how multi-county businesses are taxed that opponents fear could lead to disproportionately higher costs for the little guy. [Trib]

-> The board chairman of the Utah Pride Center is asking Gov. Gary Herbert for an apology after his comments that states who don't defend their same-sex marriage bans are the "next step toward anarchy." [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City officials are considering, at the behest of Mayor Ralph Becker, whether to eliminate city sponsored firework shows for July 4 and July 24 in an effort to improve air quality. [Trib] [KUTV] [Fox13]

Tweet of the day: From @Welshtabby: "So, the Pope is in Israel with an Imam and a Rabbi . . . If they don't walk into a bar, it's all been for nothing."

Happy birthday: To Capt. Brandon Splawn, USAF, who is celebrating his second anniversary of his 30th birthday.

Opinion section: Jean Hill, a government liaison for the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, presents an emotional appeal to end the death penalty in Utah after state Rep. Paul Ray's proposal to reintroduce the firing squad. [Trib]

-> Check out Pat Bagley's cartoon depicting a cat, a dog, anarchy and one big cliff. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses Utah's ranking as one of the worst states for veteran living conditions. [Trib]

-> George Pyle says Utah politicians need to embrace change and advocate for equality. [Trib]

-> Lillian Khor and Bob Cash, of the American Heart Association, commend the Utah Legislature for its efforts to teach high school students CPR and how to use a defibrillator. [Trib]

-> Randal Serr and Jason Stevenson, directors at the Utah Health Policy Project, and Josh Marans, a coordinator at the Association for Utah Community Health, say that because of help from various local health care groups, they were able to enroll more than 84,000 Utahns for health coverage. [Trib]

-> Reid Ewing, a city planning professor at the U., responds to criticism of his support of rezoning according to transit in Sugar House. [Trib]

-> Shahab Saeed talks of his surprise that Utah's Intermountain Healthcare was regarded as one of the top three health care providers worldwide at a Middle Eastern health conference. [Trib]

-> Paul Murphy, Rocky Mountain Power communications director, says power companies should charge customers who generate their own electricity (either through wind or solar panels), because in addition to still relying on a company for consistent electricity, an extra fee standardizes costs for all citizens. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss the 4th congressional district debate between candidates Mia Love and Doug Owens. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says the loss of tea party groups in the primaries created a "flurry of media." [DNews]

Weekend in review: Sen. Curt Bramble is drafting legislation to rein in BizOps and avoid future scandals resembling those of former Attorney General John Swallow. [Trib]

-> Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes ousted five department heads as he restructures the office. [Trib]

-> An oil spill near the Green River was stopped before reaching the water, but may prove an example of Utah's outdated oil equipment and infrastructure. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert said Utah will comply with some but not all components of a federal law that aims to prevent rapes and sexual assaults in prisons. [KUTV]

-> The Utah Senate approved Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall to join the Utah Air Quality Board. [Trib]

-> The Nigerian Association in Utah rallied at the Utah State Capitol for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria. [DNews] [KSL]

-> The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans to build a rural veterans cemetery in Utah. [Trib]

-> Bruce Clements honors military veterans by attending their funerals; he said he does so because he served in the Army for 11 years and was never deployed. [Trib]

-> Grantsville residents are fighting local officials who want to demolish the Clark Historic Farm to make way for a cemetery. [DNews]

Nationally: President Barack Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan to visit the troops for Memorial Day. [WaPost] [WSJ] Obama also said he would get troops out of the country by the end of this year and plans to address the current VA scandal. [Politico] [NYTimes]

-> Secretary of State John Kerry has agreed to testify on the 2012 Benghazi attacks in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. [LATimes]

-> Democrats and Republicans are calling for reforms in veterans health care after the alleged mistreatment of veterans in hospitals nationwide and the suggested resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. [WaPost]

-> North Dakota, the last state with an unchallenged same-sex marriage ban, is about to lose that status. [WaPost]

-> After a shooting rampage in Santa Barbara, Calif., that killed six, comes talk of gun control. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Derek Miller and Tami Pyfer in the morning and later speaks with Wes Smith for an update on the Western Governors' Association. Herbert ceremonially signs bills, talks with the director of the Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and later meets with Brent Gardner and Adam Trupp. He ends his days by talking with Greg Hopkins and attending a Healthy Utah meeting.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends an education excellence committee meeting.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams eats breakfast with Dale Cox from Utah's AFL-CIO and meets with Salt Lake County Human Services Director Lori Bays.
  • President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Science Fair and speaks with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

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

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