From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Thu May 15 12:11:54 MDT 2014

Happy Wednesday

Many Democrats are staying away from defending the Affordable Care Act but former President Bill Clintons says those in his party should embrace it. "I think it's a terrible mistake for people who voted for the health care bill to run away from it," Clinton said. "I think it is a colossal error to be afraid to discuss policy with the American people or to think they don't care or to think they can't get it." [ABCNews]

Topping the news: 4th Congressional District challengers Doug Owens and Mia Love are split on immigration in a way that mirror the nation's current stalemate. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Droves of Utahns signed up for health insurance under Obamacare, despite an impasse on Medicaid expansion in the state. [Trib]

-> A debate sponsored by The Tribune and KCPW over the ownership of public lands showed the passion each side brings to the long-simmering divide. [Trib]

-> Now that he's no longer running for re-election, Rep. Jim Matheson has returned about $150,000 in donations from PACs and individuals. [UtahPolicy]

Tweet of the day: From @EricBoehlert: "Has an entire political movement ever tied itself so completely in knots over someone who isn't even running yet?? #Hillary #rove"

-> From @monaeltahawy: "Wow NYT, wow. Firing your first ever woman executive editor because she had the audacity to want equal pay as the men? In 2014?! Wow."

Happy Birthday: To state Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, political consultant and lobbyist LaVarr Webb, and Ann Burr, the lovely mother of The Tribune's Thomas Burr

In other news: Local climate change advocates argue carbon emissions need to be cut, but political leaders, including Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, say those efforts may be futile and could hurt the economy. [Trib]

-> Utah Highway Patrol officers issued 148 warnings to motorists on Tuesday after a new cell phone law took effect. [Trib] [KUTV]

-> Dedication of a veteran's memorial in Kearns on Saturday will kickoff a day of honoring U.S. armed forces. [Trib]

-> A Salt Lake City School Board member contacted the Department of Education because he felt the hiring of principals in the district puts parents on the west side, whose input was not taken into consideration, at a disadvantage. [DNews]

-> West Valley city officials are considering enforcing new housing standards to diversify the exterior of houses in the area. [Trib]

Nationally: Former President Bill Clinton weighed in on Karl Rove's comments about his wife Hillary Clinton's health. [NYTimes] [WSJ] [Politico] [WaPost]

-> The New York Time's Executive Editor Jill Abramson was replaced by the paper's Managing Editor Dean Baquet. Some sources say Abramson asked for equal pay compared to her male counterparts and was fired for doing so. [WSJ] [Politico] [WaPost]

-> Sen. Marco Rubio attempted to explain his previous denial of climate change by saying liberals refute science by advocating for abortion. [Politico]

-> President Barack Obama is asking Congress to improve U.S. transportation  infrastructures, saying "First class infrastructure attracts first-class jobs." [WaPost] [LATimes]

-> Pentagon officials plan to transfer Pfc. Chelsea Manning, sentenced to 35 years for leaking information through WikiLeaks, so she can receive hormone treatment. [WSJ]

-> Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey, said he would consider running for president in 2016, but worries current financial problems in his state will mar his name. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

  • Gov. Gary Herbert tours the Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point and later the Park City School District Center. He then ceremonially signs HB150 involving STEM amendments, attends the Xactware groundbreaking, meets with Ken Prigmore at the Inns of Court event, and ends his day by giving out the Father of the Year award.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends a service and volunteers meeting and speaks at the Miner's Memorial Monument dinner in Price, Utah.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker takes part in congressional delegation meetings and goes to a presentation on the economic impact of transit as part of the National League of Cities Infrastructure Week
  • President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama visit and speak at the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum in New York and later return to Washington, D.C.

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

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