From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Tue May 13 12:02:33 MDT 2014

Happy Tuesday

Karl Rove told a conference in LA last week that he wants Hillary Clinton's people to be more forefront about what happened during a 2012 fall that was attributed to a blood clot. "Thirty days in the hospital?" he said. "And when she reappears, she's wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what's up with that." The shocking comment brought a quick rebuke from Clinton's spokesman: "Please assure Dr. Rove she's 100 percent." [NYPost]

Topping the news: Utah has 352 new laws in effect today that include more 80 mph freeways, outlawed panhandling and limited use of cellphones while driving. [Trib]

-> Chevron Pipe Line Company will pay the Environmental Protection Agency $875,000 as a penalty for the 2010 Red Butte Creek and 2012 Willard Bay State Park oil spills. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]

-> The chairman for Count My Vote said the initiative is gathering a legal team to contest possible Utah GOP infringements on SB54. [DNews]

Tweets of the day: From @chiefsalsa: "Any truth that #utpol was the inspiration behind the Twitter 'mute' button?"

-> From @SpencerJCox: "Great meeting w/ His Royal Highness Crown Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg. And yes, I'm totally name dropping." 

In other news: Salt Lake County officials unanimously pledged their support to maintaining open space near the Jordan River. [Trib]

-> Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund says he's feeling better than he has for years but isn't sure yet whether he'll seek re-election to his leadership spot. [UtahPolicy]

-> Buzzfeed's founder gave a presentation in which he questions: which is a "higher quality" faith: Judaism or Mormonism? [Trib]

-> Utah state officials kicked off the 4th annual Road Respect event to encourage cyclists and drivers to respect one another. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> The quaking aspen is officially now Utah's state tree, replacing the Colorado spruce. [Trib]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch, a platinum-award winning songwriter, joined fellow senators in unveiling legislation that would boost royalties to songwriters. [Tennessean

-> A study by the Cato Institute found that Utah accidentally complied with the necessary steps laid out by the Department of Homeland Security to create a national ID system, while having previously attempted to boycott it. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert appointed two new judges to the 5th District Juvenile Court. [DNews]

-> The Salt Lake City School District is considering lowering the number of students per teacher in the hopes that smaller class sizes will better aid instruction. [Trib]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch is working with two other senators on a bill that would increase the amount of royalties allocated to song writers. [Tennessean]

-> Male veterans in Salt Lake VA facilities outnumber women, but post-9/11 the number of female veterans has steadily increased. [Trib]

-> The Bureau of Land Management unveils a plan this week involving future development of Moab. [DNews]

Nationally: Clay Aiken's main opponent in the congressional election, Keith Crisco, died from an apparent fall at his home. [WaPost] [Politico] [LATimes]

-> Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, apologized to CNN's Anderson Cooper saying, "I made a terrible mistake" in regards to his racist comments and subsequent lifetime ban from the NBA; in the interview, Sterling made questionable comments about Magic Johnson. [Wapost]

-> Arkansas's attorney general is asking the state's court for a stay on same-sex marriage. [NYTimes]

-> The Senate will likely reach a stalemate on a recent energy bill, which means talk of the Keystone XL pipeline will also be off the table. [WaPost]

-> House Speaker John Boehner says he may not commit to another full two-year term. [Politico]

Where are they?

  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends a multicultural commission meeting and lunches with honorary consul generals.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker heads to Iowa for the White House climate task force meeting.
  • President Barack Obama awards Kyle J. White of the U.S. Army with the Medal of Honor.

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