From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Fri May 16 11:49:06 MDT 2014

Happy Wednesday

House Speaker John Boehner created a special panel to look at the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans and now Senate Republicans appear to want their own select committee to investigate. The Libya attack has been a centerpiece of concern by Republicans in the last two years -- and received a revived thrust of concern this election year -- but it's doubtful Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will go along with this new panel. [Politico]

Topping the news: Attorney General Sean Reyes chose not to recognize a same-sex couple's adopted child and now a 3rd District judge is asking Reyes why he should not help in contempt. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13]

-> UTA is installing surveillance cameras in all their buses and trains to supposedly ensure safety; the project will cost $2.5 million and is causing disparity among their driver unions. [Trib]

-> Derek Johnson, a fallen Draper police sergeant, is now commemorated in Washington, D.C. on the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. [Trib]

-> The Bureau of Land Management has promised to take 200 wild horses out of Utah by July. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @RobertGehrke: "Ceremonial bill signing season, like the NBA season, seems to keep getting longer and longer."

Happy Birthday: To Utah Democratic campaign consultant Jim Gonzales. And on Saturday to state Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, and state Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem. And on Sunday to former state Rep. Christine Watkins, former White House spokesman Peter Watkins and former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson.

Nice try: Utah County Board of Realtors' Taylor Oldroyd took his crew on a tour of the White House yesterday and almost attempted to use his concealed weapon permit as ID to get in -- but thought better of it. The crew did give a bust of Obama to their tour director as a gift to the president.

In other news: Idaho officials said they hope their requested stay on same-sex marriage causes less "chaos" than what happened in Utah. [DNews]

-> Herbert ceremonially signed a bill that allocates $20 million to STEM studies. [DNews] [Fox13]

-> Two whistleblowers from Steven-Henager College speak out about the alleged illegal recruiting practices and the federal government's lawsuit. [Fox13]

-> Tribune cartoonist Pat Bagley is painting 10 notables Utahns in his mural at The Leonardo, including Brigham Young and Gayle Ruzicka; he intends to have the painting done by the end of May. [Trib]

-> The University of Utah Bureau of Economic and Business Research reports that this year's Sundance Film Festival raised more than $80 million for the state. [DNews] [KUTV]

-> The Lake Powell ferry is missing a few parts after a crash and will not be running until later this summer, according to the Utah Department of Transportation. [Trib]

-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss immigration reform and its impact on the 4th Congressional District race. [UtahPolicy]

-> Paul Rolly says his call helped delay asbestos removal at West High a few weeks so that students wouldn't have to deal with it in their final weeks of class. [Trib]

-> Read about Cecil Garland, a Utahn who fought against the 1980s MX Missile System and Nevada's attempt to transport water to Las Vegas. [Trib]

-> U.S. Postal Service officials may argue the bite is worse than the bark after all; in 2o13, 27 Utah mail carriers were bitten by dogs, with 11 of the incidents occurring in Salt Lake. [Trib] [DNews]

-> There is no need to fly the coop in Springville because citizens can now keep chickens in residential areas in the city. [DNews]

Nationally: The Federal Communications Commission voted to secure an open Internet so service providers cannot block content. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ]

-> Member of Congress are concerned with President Barack Obama's plan to close Guantanamo Bay and move the detainees to the United States. [NYTimes]

-> Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki said he will not resign despite allegations of mistreatment of patients in Phoenix and Colorado clinics. Shinseki told the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee he was "mad as hell" about the accusations. [WaPost]

-> Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and chairman of the House select committee on Benghazi chose Phil Kiko to be the committee's staff director. [Politico]

-> Check out this map of the "most gerrymandered congressional districts" in the country. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Gov. Gary Herbert heads to a Board of Regents meeting, visits Weber State University's science building groundbreaking and finishes his day with several ceremonial bill signings.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends congressional delegation meetings. And on Saturday, Becker delivers welcoming comments at the Living Traditions Festival in Washington Square.
  • President Barack Obama meets with Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew.

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

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