From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Mon May 19 12:07:58 MDT 2014

Happy Monday
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he's not running for president in 2016 but he says he is a bit worried about all the talk of Hillary Clinton being handed the nomination. It's off-putting to voters to see a sort of coronation unfold, Patrick says. [ Politico ]

Topping the news:  The Utah Supreme Court granted a stay on state recognition of same-sex adoptions until the 10th Circuit Court rules on the legality of same-sex marriage. [ Trib ] [ DNews ]
-> Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, seems consumed with his quest to gain state control of public lands in Utah -- the very effort that makes up his paycheck. [ Trib ]

-> Interior Secretary Sally Jewell commended the BLM and Park Service cops who handled the Cliven Bundy standoff with "professionalism." [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @baseballot: "New Godzilla movie is @SenatorReid's best argument against nuclear waste at Yucca Mtn. But film mispronounces 'Nevada'!"

-> From @BenWinslow: "Is it just me or does the Alta snowboarding lawsuit use the SAME arguments as plaintiffs in #Amendment3 case?"

Opinion section: Thad Box, a Utah State University professor emeritus, says slavery still plays a role in the modern world and reflects on the kidnapped girls in Nigeria. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly says the State Board of Education's requirements for a new state schools superintendent do not require applicants to have experience in public education, which for some seems indicative of a shift of control in education. [Trib]

-> George Pyle argues that the debate of land control in southern Utah -- whether state or federal -- obscures the truth in translation and resembles a 1962 U.S. debate with the Soviet Union over nuclear war. [Trib]

-> Darren Engle, director of government relations for Blue Star Gas, says that government advocacy for only one or two energy sources is a disadvantage because it stifles consumer choice. [Trib]

-> Stan Rosenzweig, a Red Cross disaster relief volunteer, says it is "hard to describe" why he spends his retirement as a volunteer responding to natural disasters, such as the recent tornadoes in Arkansas. [Trib]

-> George Chapman, the Republican candidate for District 2 in the Utah State Senate, contends that Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's support of the streetcar is wrong because it is against the wishes of the "stable" neighborhoods and city residents. [Trib]

-> Larry Mulcock, a financial planner and investment advisor, talks of the alleged misconduct of the American Pension Services business in Utah and advises buyers to be aware of the actions of their financial institutions. [Trib]

-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli discuss the similar actions of conservative Cliven Bundy and liberal Tim DeChristopher to protect land from federal control. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says wealth must be created before it's distributed and a higher minimum wage isn't the end-all-be-all solution. [DNews]

Weekend in review: In his 37 years as a senator, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has sponsored or co-sponsored 742 bills, which ranks him as the top member currently in the Senate in number of laws passed. [NJ] [DNews] [KSL]

-> Rocky Mountain Power agreed to pay $2.5 million for a power line that officials say decreased the value of the land in Tooele; the money will be used for education. [Trib]

-> Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, suggests bringing back the firing squad for more "humane" executions. [Trib] [DNews]

-> A Republican National Committee call center was supposed to shut down after Mia Love no longer needed help ousting Jim Matheson, who decided not to run for the House again, but Utah GOP Chairman James Evans decided it was in the best interests of the political party to keep the center for future use. [DNews]

-> A look at the Utah Freedom Memorial in front of Sandy City Hall and how it came to be. [UtahPolicy]

-> Elevated Transit, a transportation company, hopes to begin offering bus routes from Blanding to Salt Lake City and from Richfield to Salt Lake City in mid-June. [Trib]

-> The Washington Monument shares the same inscription found on all LDS temples. [Trib]

-> Utah citizens rallied in Liberty Park for the more than 300 victims of the South Korean ferry accident. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL] [Fox13]

-> Tracy Aviary plans to improve their 8-acre lot and expand a little in 2016 with a new tropical bird building. [Trib]

-> Have questions about livestock grazing on public lands? Get answers here. [Trib]

Nationally: President Barack Obama plans to choose Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio and a rumored vice presidential candidate for 2016, as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. [NYTimes] [Politico] [WSJ]

-> GOP officials, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, say those questioning Hillary Clinton's health are justified, especially if she runs for president in 2016. [LATimes]

-> Obama, in similar words as Secretary of Veterans Affairs Erik Shinseki, is "mad as hell" about the alleged mistreatment of veterans in the Colorado and Phoenix VA hospitals, according to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. [Politico]

-> Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama commemorated the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court Case that desegregated schools. [Politico]

->  The NAACP announced a new president and CEO for the civil rights organization. [WSJ]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with Delta Airlines executives in Atlanta, interviews with ESPN and votes in the evening.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends a Cabinet meeting, speaks with District Attorney Sim Gill and meets with former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker talks with the media.
  • President Barack Obama eats lunch with combatant commanders and speaks at a party fundraiser.

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

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