From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Mon Apr 28 11:52:01 MDT 2014
U.S. Capitol
Political Cornflakes | By The Salt Lake Tribune

A parasite, a fungus and schools named after Obama. Dems pick Corroon as new chair. Mia Love nabs nomination.

Happy Monday. "Obama is a parasite. He's also a fungus, a spider and an extinct lizard," The Washington Post's Colby Itkowitz notes, adding quickly that apparently it is a good thing to have unappealing species named after you. President Barack Obama has roads, schools and even a mountain named after him while he's still in office. His hometown of Chicago is also building the Barack Obama Preparatory High School. [WaPost]

Topping the news: Former SL County Mayor Peter Coroon is the new state Democratic Party chairman. Democratic delegates also selected Doug Owens as their candidate to replace outgoing Rep. Jim Matheson. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER] [UtahPolicy] [Fox13]  [KUTV] [ABC4] Corroon says he has a 29-county strategy. [UtahPolicy]

-> Mia Love, who barely lost to Matheson in 2012, is getting another shot at the 4th District House seat. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [KUER] [KUER] [Fox13]

-> Sen. Mike Lee received a rousing welcome at the GOP state convention, showing that he has no problem with the delegate crowd. [UtahPolicy]

-> Both sides want the Utah Supreme Court to decide if same-sex couples married in Utah have right to the same benefits at opposite-sex couples. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> The NSA data center in Bluffdale has used less water than predicted. [Trib] [Fox13]

Tweet of the day: From @RobertGehrke: "BREAKING: Rocky Road the favorite ice cream of Utah Republican delegates. Wins 19% of vote. Huge upset!"

Opinion section: Attorney Chris Wangsgard says that Cliven Bundy is a welfare cowboy and not a noble hero. [Trib]

-> Former Tribune journalist Joan O'Brien argues that new deal between The Tribune and the Deseret News poses a double threat to The Trib's future. [Trib]

-> Taylor McKinnon, director of energy at Grand Canyon Trust, and David Abelson, principal at Crescent Strategies, LLC, say that the West's water supply should not be used on fossil fuel development. [Trib]

-> Executive Director of the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks Joette Langianese says volunteers help keep Utah's national parks pristine. [Trib]

-> President of the Utah Minority Bar Association Melinda Bowen argues that state needs to improve education especially for minority students. [Trib]

-> Sri Koduri, an employee at the U. School of Dentistry, says the Fourth Street Clinic makes her proud to be a Utahn. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses how state lawmakers used the ongoing court case over same-sex marriage to deny hearings on an anti-discrimination bill but then spoke out at a rally for "traditional marriage." [Trib]

-> Rolly also notes that Salt Lake City is peddling a private insurance plan for sewer lines but that the city notes its just one option for residents. [Trib]

-> George Pyle argues that equal opportunity does not always bring about an equal outcome. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on some members of the party of Lincoln. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss some hot topics that have been on the back burner in elections so far. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says a two-parent family is the best way to solve the income inequality problem. [DNews]

Weekend in review: A complaint of misconduct against former AG Mark Shurtleff has been in the Utah State Bar's hands for months. [Trib]

-> A Utah family facing deportation puts a face on immigration issues and statistics. [Trib]

-> Here's a look at who has given the most to Utah campaigns so far. [Fox13]

-> Potential presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others rallied supporters as part of the Western Republican Leadership conference. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]

-> Utah leaders are divided on how to gain control of federal land in Utah. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch says immigration reform would create more jobs for Americans. [Trib]

-> The Libertarian Party of Utah also chose candidates for the upcoming election. [Fox13]

-> A federal court upheld a ban on motorized vehicles on a dry creek bed in Canyonlands National Park. [Trib]

-> Great Salt Lake Audubon Society criticized Salt Lake City's plan to restore Miller Park along Red Butte Creek this spring. [Trib]

Nationally: House Speaker John Boehner signaled that he may be willing to move ahead on immigration reform. [NYTimes]

-> CBS's Bob Schieffer says that if Jeb Bush doesn't run for president in 2016, Mitt Romney may be interested in a third bid. [WaPost]

-> Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., is expected to surrender to the FBI this morning as he faces charges related to a restaurant business he ran before becoming a Congressman. [WaPost]

-> Some tea party groups only put a fraction of their money into candidates they've endorsed. [WaPost]

-> President Barack Obama took yet another selfie, this time with the Malaysian Prime Minister. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz returns to Washington, votes and hosts a dinner with George Will.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert takes a personal day.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks to the Moab Rotary Club.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with senior staff and hits the Mountain Accord Management Committee meeting.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends National League of Cities meetings in St. Paul.
  • President Barack Obama participates in the signing of a major commercial agreements with American businesses in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, heads to the Philippines to participate in the official arrival ceremony and guestbook signing with President Benigno Aquino. The two presidents also have bilateral talks and a press conference. Obama also meets and greets Embassy personnel and attends a state dinner with Aquino.

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Political Cornflakes is compiled by The Salt Lake Tribune's Washington bureau. Photo by Scott Sommerdorf; Cartoon by Pat Bagley.

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