From: The Salt Lake Tribune
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Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Wed Jan 22 13:19:30 MST 2014
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Political Cornflakes | By The Salt Lake Tribune

Katy Perry: I wanna ask Obama about space aliens. Lee to give tea party response. More 'Mitt' trailers.

Happy Wednesday. Superstar Katy Perry says she has a question for President Barack Obama: Do aliens exist? The singer, who, by the way, claims she won Wisconsin for the president, says if she can get closer to Obama she really wants to know more about whether we are the only life-form in the universe. [ABCNews]

Topping the news: The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will grant Utah a week extension to file its appeal of Judge Robert Shelby's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. [DNews] [Herald] [KUER]

->  The ACLU has filed its lawsuit against the state for not recognizing same-sex marriages performed during the court battle. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [Fox13] [ABC4]

-> Sen. Mike Lee will give the Tea Party response to Obama's State of the Union address. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald]

-> Netflix has released a couple more trailers pitching the documentary "Mitt," which airs Friday. [WebProNews]

Tweet of the day: From @AshleyCodianni: "And then there's this: Michelle Obama dunks with #Lebron at the White House"

In other news: The executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights said at the U. that the same-sex marriage ruling in Utah, along with others, may help push the Supreme Court take up the issue. She also encouraged civility about the issue.  [Trib] [DNews]

-> Rep. Chris Stewart announced his bid to run for re-election and said the country needs conservative values to balance out the Democratic-led Senate and Democratic president. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Utah Democrats outlined their legislative priorities for the coming general session. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [Fox13]

-> But the Utah Democratic Party is having a hard time finding a replacement for someone to replace Rep. Jim Matheson, who decided not to run again. [UtahPolicy]

-> Sen. Todd Weiler says his legislation to make Utah's attorney general appointed rather than elected faces an uphill battle. [UtahPolicy] He also plays a lightning round of questions. [UtahPolicy]

-> A bill coming before the legislature would make revenge porn a felony. [KUTV]

-> Pat Bagley suggests the reasons one really needs to own a gun. [Trib]

-> Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City, is proposing legislation that would provide social services for underage prostitutes rather than criminal charges. [KUTV]

-> Former Utah Rep. Enid Greene Mickelsen will lead the committee choosing the location for the 2016 Republican National Convention. [Trib]

-> State School Board Chairwoman Tami Pyfer will serve as Gov. Gary Herbert's education advisor. [DNews] [Herald] [KUER]

-> The LDS Church issued a statement supporting Utah's liquor laws as they are currently defined, noting there are many dry counties across the United States. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [Fox13] [KUTV]

-> The Salt Lake County Council wants another study on the effects of a proposed annex of 3,600 Millcreek Township residents into Holladay on the township and other unincorporated areas in the county. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City has not issued a single ticket to anyone who is breaking its Idle Free Ordinance. [ABC4]

-> Paul Rolly reminds us of some recent good deeds. [Trib]

Nationally: Former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with requested luxury items such as loans, vacations, clothes and gold accoutrements from a wealthy businessman in exchange for special treatment. [WaPost]

-> The family of Bob Levinson, who disappeared in Iran seven years ago, told CNN he was working for the CIA and the U.S. government has not done enough to find him. Officials have consistently denied that Levinson was in its employ but say finding him is a top priority. [CNN]

-> More than 40 percent of federal employees have put themselves or their agencies at risk through their mobile devices, according to a new study. [WaPost]

-> Two friends, who are political opposites, may be the key to progress on immigration reform and this isn't the first time. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with Democrats from the Utah House and hits a public lands bill meeting.
  • Rep. Chris Stewart meets with the St. George Chamber, the St. George News,  Washington County Commissioners and newly minted St. George Mayor Jon Pike.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert hits the Exoro Policy Summit, the higher education quarterly discussion, the Women's State Legislative Council of Utah, the Art Work for Kids discussion and has a call with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox also hits the Exoro Policy Summit and the Public Lands Initiative meeting.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams tours the Outdoor Retailers Expo with House Speaker Becky Lockhart.
  • President Barack Obama holds an event for the Council on Women and Girls and meets with Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew.

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