From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Fri Apr 11 12:11:58 MDT 2014
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Political Cornflakes | By The Salt Lake Tribune

Hillary Clinton ducks thrown shoe. 10th Circuit appears split on gay marriage case. Tribune again cuts staff, sections.

Happy Friday. A woman chucked a shoe at Hillary Clinton at a conference in Las Vegas, but like Clinton has become good at with questions about 2016, she ducked and the object missed her completely. The episode is similar to when President George W. Bush faced a shoe-thrower in Iraq some years ago. Clinton and Bush both appear to have good reflexes. [Politico]

Topping the news: The three judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared spilt on Utah's defense of Amendment 3 banning gay marriage in the state. [Trib] [DNews] [APviaHerald] [KUER] [Fox13[KUTV] [ABC4] [WaPost] Here are the possible outcomes. [Trib] Local legal experts give their takes [Fox13], and so do Jim Dabakis and Thomas Wright. [ABC4]

-> Some eight months after losing 20 percent of its staff, The Tribune again cuts eight positions and jettisons its award-winning Faith section. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Federal officials have found more oil deposits Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @AdamTheFishGuy: "According to the sound quality on @kslnewsradio, the #10thCircuit hearing took place in a tin can at the bottom of the ocean."

From @RexHuppke: "Kathleen Sebelius steps down as Secretary of Health and Human Services, will be replaced by Stephen Colbert."

From @RepChrisStewart: "It was announced that Sec @Sebelius is resigning, but will that be delayed too?"

Happy Birthday: On Sunday to state Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City.

In other news: Funeral services for longtime citizen lobbyist Art Kimball will be held today. [Trib]

-> Mitt Romney praised Mike Leavitt as the Salt Lake Chamber honored the former Utah governor as "A Giant in Our City." [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> Local candidates have raised a little over $2 million so far. [UTPolCap]

-> SL Co. Democrats and Republicans are holding their conventions this Saturday. [DNews]

-> Some big name Republicans will be coming to the state for the Western Republican Leadership Conference. [DNews]

-> A Florida-based think-tank has filed a complaint with the Utah Lt. Governor's office over a letter attacking Utah County House candidates purporting to be from the group. [Trib]

-> Federal investigators blame a 2009 refinery explosion in Woods Cross on a corroded pipe that was not inspected for years. [Trib]

-> Even though the Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline has passed, there are still options for getting insurance. [Trib]

-> Spring is here is and the perennial orange construction cones will soon be in full bloom. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> Marriage Equality USA held a rally in downtown SLC. [Trib]

-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott talk about some interesting matchups in upcoming county conventions and who will be the new Utah Democratic Party chairman. [UtahPolicy]

-> A grit mill at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon will be removed and replaced with new trails to make it easier to access rock climbing routes. [Trib]

-> U.S. Attorney for Utah David Barlow will step down this summer. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4]

-> Paul Rolly discusses an example of the news media doing good work that the public may not ever see. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on what Stephen Colbert would say about Stephen Colbert taking over The Late Show. [Trib]

-> SLC will offer sewer and water line break insurance. [Trib]

Nationally: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. [WaPost]

-> President Barack Obama paid tribute to the Civil Rights Act and LBJ on the 50th anniversary of the law. [NYTimes]

-> A House committee passed a resolution on party lines to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify. [WaPost]

-> Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" in 2015. [THR] Here are some Colbert's best and worst political moments. [MoJo] The Tribune's Scott Pierce discusses if Colbert will be as successful out of character. [Trib] Pat Bagley gives his take. [Trib]

-> The chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party called on "Kissing Congressman," Rep. Vance McAllister, to resign saying, "He has embarrassed our party, our state and the institution of Congress." [Politico]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz hits a meet the candidates event in SL County.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert holds ceremonial bill signings and meets with Rich Nelson and Fusion-io.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends the Millard County convention.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker is at the National League of Cities Big Ideas for Big Cities Conference in Chicago on Friday and Saturday.
  • President Barack Obama announced Sebelius' departure and the new HHS secretary nominee, Sylvia Burwell, flies to New York City, speaks at the National Action Networks 16th Annual Convention and returns to Washington.

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