News roundup: Romney and a Vet have an awkward showdown
Published: December 13, 2011 07:27AM
Updated: December 13, 2011 07:27AM
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks to Bob Garon during a campaign stop at the Chez Vachon Restaurant , Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

The Huntsman-Gingrich Debate. Herbert unveils his budget. Romney's uncomfortable encounter with a Vet.

Happy Tuesday, we have a full recap of the one-on-one showdown between Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich yesterday, billed as a modern day version of the Lincoln-Douglas debates where the candidates could delve into the details... and well, it put Huntsman's daughter to sleep. [Trib] [LATimes] [Globe] Love policy debates? You can watch it for yourself. [CSPAN]

Topping the news: Huntsman declares he will not run for president as an independent. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert releases his budget recommendations and provides most of the increased revenue to enrollment growth in public education and public health programs. [Trib] [DNews] Educators are pleased. [Trib] [DNews] [StandEx] [ABC4]

-> And here's a look at some of the health-spending priorities of the governor. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @buddyroemer: "Crap. I just lost my $20 bet. Huntsman used the word 'hubristic' in a debate. "

Tune in: Democratic Chairman Jim Dabakis and GOP Chairman Thomas Wright debate the payroll tax cut, the governor's budget and President Obama's reelection challenges on the War Room at 105.7 FM/570 AM at 6:05 p.m. MT.

In other news: Former Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson and the newly created Justice Party launch a campaign to change U.S. politics as we know them. [Trib]

-> Long-awaited state decision on blended radioactive waste says more study is needed before large volumes of the materials are allowed into Utah for disposal. But environmentalists say the 40,000 cubic feet of blended waste that is being allowed is far too much given the uncertainties. [Trib]

-> A new national poll shows the Republican Party is in deep trouble with Latino voters — a rapidly growing segment of the electorate. [Trib]

-> An immigration judge orders the deportation of a mentally ill legal resident convicted of assault while in jail. [Trib]

-> The feds agree to a $116 million infusion to pay the bulk of the cost of extending TRAX to Draper. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Bagley imagines that chanting in the streets is music to the ears of Russia's Putin. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City is prepared to compromise on electronic billboards -- so long as they're kept out of residential neighborhoods and don't lead to an overall increase in the number of signs. [Trib]

-> American Fork becomes the first city in Utah County to consider a non-discrimination ordinance. [Trib]

-> With no tax increases proposed, Salt Lake County's public hearing on budgets is likely to be a quiet affair. [Trib]

-> Granite School District has given the green light to a charter school that would serve immigrants, refugees and those interested in an education with a "global perspective." [Trib]

-> The civil suit by Novell accusing Microsoft of anti-trust behavior could go to jurors Tuesday after an eight-week trial. [Trib]

-> The parent company of The Daily Herald in Provo files a prepackaged bankruptcy. It expects to emerge within 60 days. [Trib]

2012 watch: Mitt Romney and a Vietnam vet argue in front of the media over gay rights. [LATimes]

-> Newt Gingrich goes after Romney and Michele Bachmann just days after saying he would remain above the fray. [CBSNews] [NYTimes] And Romney gives it right back to him. [WaPost] [LATimes]

-> Gingrich's rise gives Huntsman new hope. [NYTimes]

-> Romney is reaching out to the media more and when asked if Gingrich is the front runner, he responded: "He is right now." [Politico]

-> Tagg Romney holds a fundraiser for his dad in D.C. on Wednesday and Rep. Jason Chaffetz is slated to attend. [NatJournal]

-> Huntsman loses two supporters, one goes to Romney, another to Gingrich. [MSNBC]

Where are they?

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-- Matt Canham
Twitter.com/mattcanham
with editor Dan Harrie