From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Wed May 21 12:23:28 MDT 2014

Happy Wednesday

The tea party is beatable in Republican primaries -- though don't count it out yet -- and the Clinton political machine isn't as strong as one might think. Those are a couple of the lessons to be learned out of the primary contests in several states yesterday. Also, don't mess with Mitch McConnell. [ABCNews]

Topping the news: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said the most recent ruling on same-sex marriage in the state just causes more "chaos." [Fox13] [KUTV]

-> Doug Owens and Mia Love debated for the first time over the 4th Congressional District seat. Owens questioned Love's stances on education and the government shutdown, but Love said she would stay on the high road and not attack Owens. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [UtahPolicy] [KUTV] [KSL] [Fox13]

-> The Washington Post's list of "40 Under 40" for rising politicians includes Love and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. [WaPost]

Tweet of the day: From @JJFeedly: "Does anyone else have 'Another One Bites the Dust' stuck in their head? Same-sex marriage: Utah & Oregon"

-> From @gopTODD: "Wow. Sen. Howard Stephenson just praised @GovHerbert for studying and then vetoing his school committee bill."

Happy Birthday: To Elly Muth.

In other news: Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announced that the county will buy land from the LDS Church near the Matheson Courthouse to build new district attorney offices. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert says the state will reach his 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days goal five months early. [UtahPolicy]

-> Utah owes about $3.5 billion in debt, but the Utah State treasurer said that number is shrinking each year. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly reports that Herbert's deputy chief of staff, Mike Mower, attempted to intercede on a vendor's behalf when it was denied a spot at the Sugar House Farmers Market. [Trib]

-> Utah pedestrians are safer than most other cities, according to the National Complete Streets Coalition. [Trib] [KUTV] Check out how other cities compare. [NCSC]

-> When Utah's new cannabis oil law goes into effect on July 1, not all doctors will recommend it to patients to treat epilepsy. [Trib]

-> The Governor's Office announced nominees to fill a 1st District Court judicial vacancy. [DNews]

-> House Speaker Becky Lockhart says Medicaid expansion and transportation funding are two of the most pressing issues facing the state's decision makers. [UtahPolicy]

-> The Department of Energy is giving Zion National Park in southern Utah a federal grant for vehicles that run on alternative fuel or are fuel-efficient. [DNews] [KUTV]

-> Salt Lake City will install two "fast-charge" stations for electric cars near The Leonardo museum. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

Nationally: President Barack Obama said he has confidence in Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki in connection to the ill treatment of veterans in nursing home nationwide; Obama plans to wait until after the internal review before acting against the officials involved in the alleged scandal. [WaPost] [NYTimes]

-> A police commissioner in New Hampshire resigned after public outcry of his use of a racial slur against President Barack Obama. [WSJ]

-> Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wins the GOP nomination over a tea party challenger. [WSJ] He was one of a handful of Republican candidates who are taking the lead from the tea party in the primaries. [WaPost] [WSJ]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz heads to a fundraiser in the morning, attends the Right on Crime summit and meets with the Electronic Retail Association and later the National Border Patrol Council. He ends his day with another fundraiser.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert attends a Zions Bank trade and business conference,  speaks with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and goes to an Ogden/Weber Board of Governors meeting. Herbert later tours the Mt. View/Glendale Community Center, meets with Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, and ceremonially signs two bills.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox participates in a public safety summit in St. George.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams eats breakfast with Salt Lake City Councilman Erik Mendenhall, speaks at a Utah Community Foundation forum and meets with United Way of Salt Lake's Executive Vice President Rebecca Dutson.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker conferences with the National League of Cities, attends a Project Skyline press conference and meets with Strategic Directions Inc.
  • President Barack Obama participates in an ambassador credentialing ceremony, honors the Seattle Seahawks for their Super Bowl win and delivers remarks about the national monument in the Organ Mountains.

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

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