News roundup: Romney's fund-raisers quietly amassing millions
Published: March 27, 2012 07:28AM
Updated: March 27, 2012 11:00AM
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures while speaking at NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company, Monday, March 26, 2012, in San Diego, Calif. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Romney bundlers raising millions. Utah more urban than NY. The state's long-time 'Stand Your Ground' law.

Happy Tuesday. While critics may charge that Mitt Romney is too robotic, too uncaring and too unapproachable, that's the opposite of what former members of his Mormon ward say about their one-time bishop. The Tribune's Peggy Fletcher Stack looks back -- updating a story she did in 2008 -- at Romney's time as the lay leader of the Belmont, Mass., ward and stake. [Trib]

-> Meanwhile, as he gears up the general election, Romney's bundlers are quietly amassing millions of dollars behind the scenes so he's ready to do battle with President Barack Obama. [AP]

Topping the news: Here's your fun fact for the day: Nine of 10 Utahns crowd together on 1 percent of the state's total land mass, making Utah the eighth most urbanized state in the nation. [Trib]

-> The census adds a new city to the official name of Utah's largest urban area, tagging it on to create Salt Lake City-West Valley City. [Trib]

-> Utah's self defense legislation -- the so-called "stand-your-ground" law -- is nearly identical to that of Florida's law where Trayvon Martin was killed, but gun advocates say the law hasn't been an issue. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @LukeRussert: "OMG did #Romney just admit took grandkids under 13 to a PG-13 Movie!?!??!? Media meltdown commence!"

Happy birthday: To former Utah Democratic Party Chairman Donald Dunn.

In other news: A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit aimed at overturning recent changes to Utah liquor laws but left the door open for future revisions and amendments. [Trib] [DNews]

-> High profile illegal immigrant David Morales files a complaint saying that an immigration agent violated his civil rights. [Trib]

-> The race between incumbent Sen. John Valentine and Rep. Craig Frank for Senate District 14 could be one of the most interesting contests this year. [UtahPolicy]

-> The Affordable Care Act holds real weight for a father-daughter duo in Taylorsville, who struggle to maintain health benefits for a hard-to-treat muscular condition. [DNews]

-> The ACLU says in a lawsuit that the 39-day detention of a Weber State University student was illegal. [Trib]

-> Provo is taking back ownership of the troubled iProvo fiber-optic system, while still seeking buyers for the network. [Trib]

-> Utah's watershed is a top priority when as a panel meets to map out the rules revision for the canyons' use and its protection. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert signs off on this year's not-so-controversial GRAMA bill. [Trib]

-> Utahns receiving financial assistance from the government must now prove they are not using illegal drugs in order to receive their aid under a bill signed by the governor. [Trib] [APviaABC4]

-> Utah Republican National Committeeman Bruce Hough comes out
swinging for his pick for president, Mitt Romney. [Blogspot]

-> Peg McEntee says that although a majority of Utah lawmakers are LDS, lawmakers' bills often go beyond the strictness of their religion. [Trib]

-> Three members of Utah's federal delegation give the Secretary of the Air Force a tour of Hill Air Force Base. [StandardEx]

2012 Watch: Romney isn't yet halfway to winning the Republican nomination, and the ability to capture all 1,144 delegates won't even be possible until the end of May. [WaPost]

-> In for the long haul, Newt Gingrich says he'll keep running until Romney hits that magic number. [TheHill]

-> Rick Santorum lashes out at a New York Times reporter, using an expletive to make a point [WaPost] [NBC], and later defends his comment. [HuffPost]

-> Ron Paul wants to make sure he's not dismissed as a possibility for the nomination, saying he has "people in the right places" working to become delegates. [CNN]

-> Despite consistent attacks on his rivals, Santorum says he "of course" would consider being Romney's running mate if chosen. [FoxNews]

-> The New Yorker's answer to the dominance of a certain toy in the presidential race. [NewYorker]

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