News roundup: SL Weekly names best, worst of Utah
Herbert offers final veto. Supreme Court raises Utah's health care exchange. SL Weekly's Best of listings.
Happy Thursday. The Salt Lake City Weekly unveils its 23rd-annual Best of Utah awards, naming winners in politics and media as well as nightlife and entertainment. [CityWeekly]
Best Utah Politician: SLC Mayor Ralph Becker
Best Utahn: Jon Huntsman
Worst Utahn: Sen. Orrin Hatch
Best TV News Reporter: ABC4's Chris Vanocur
Best TV News Station: KUTV
Best Local on Twitter: Fox13's Ben Winslow
Best Pain: The Salt Lake Tribune's Paul Rolly
Topping the news: Gov. Gary Herbert vetoes another bill, striking down just two pieces of legislation out of the 477 passed by the legislature. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The U.S. Supreme Court brings up Utah's health care exchange as an example of individual insurance coverage without a mandate. [Trib]
-> The Senate plans to move forward with the confirmation of a judicial nominee after Sen. Mike Lee offers his support for the pick. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @AdamTheFishGuy: "Waiting until the UT primary to decide if you will 'drop out' is like waiting until you're on hospice to say that you are 'sick.'"
In other news: Sen. Lee predicts the individual insurance mandate will be overturned by a vote of 5-4 in Washington's high court. [Herald]
-> A look at the candidates running for state, legislative and county offices in Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties where party conventions will be held in April: [DNews]
-> Lee introduces legislation to make reforms on the nation's Federal Reserve System. [stgnews]
-> Bloomberg catches up on the FreedomWorks challenge of Sen. Orrin Hatch and his Republican counterpart from Indiana, Richard Lugar. [Bloomberg]
-> Deputy Utah Attorney General John Swallow uses a taxpayer-funded D.C. trip to spur on his campaign, hosting a conference call with more than 55,000 Utahns after attending the Supreme Court hearings . [DNews]
-> In a move to increase pedestrian safety, the UTA announces fines for "distracted walking" over TRAX lines. [Trib]
-> Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher is sent to "isolated confinement" and cut off from email after sending an message viewed as a threat. [Trib]
-> Peg McEntee asks to name the purportedly unidentified congressmen who helped send DeChristopher into his current solitary jail cell. [Trib]
-> A sustainability initiative in Liberty Park is encouraging residents of Salt Lake to ditch their cars in favor of walking or biking. [Fox13]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on Utah's anticipated "incredible" growth rate. [Trib]
-> One in five Utahns move every year according to census data, and the state has become a gathering point for immigrants from around the world. [Trib]
2012 Watch: Former President George H.W. Bush backs Mitt Romney, joining his son Jeb Bush in the endorsement. [Politico]
-> Newt Gingrich's main financial backer, Sheldon Adelson, says the presidential candidate is "coming to the end of his line" in his campaign for the White House. [CBS] [ChicagoTrib]
-> Democrats criticize another Romney off-hand remark, this time a "humorous" story Romney offered about his father laying off a bunch of Michigan workers. [HuffPost]
-> Rick Santorum is losing ground to Romney in Pennsylvania polls, leading the state now by just two percentage points. [NYTimes] [WaPost]
-> A Romney fundraiser sparks a small dissenting rally against the presidential candidate, including Occupy L.A. [HuffPost]
-> Ron Paul continues to draw young crowds at college campaign stops, this time bringing his message to the University of Maryland. [WaPost]
-> As Gingrich sheds staff and curbs travel to maintain his campaign, the former House Speaker hopes to stay in the race by focusing on the positive ideas he wants to promote before he was attacked in ads. [USAToday]
-> Santorum evokes themes from horror films in his new round of attacks on President Barack Obama. [Reuters]
Where are they?
Rep. Rob Bishop meets with officials from Kennecott Copper, attends a National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee hearing then meets with representatives from the Utah Food Association.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz chairs hearing in the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee regarding Afghanistan, meets with the president of Rio Tinto, speaks at AILA luncheon and then returns to Utah.
Gov. Gary Herbert meets with DEQ executive director Amanda Smith, chats with Syracuse High School's girls basketball team and then the French ambassador. The governor later participates in the KUED news conference.
Lt. Gov. Greg Bell attends a fund-raising event then heads to the Uintah County convention.
AG Mark Shurtleff goes to the National Association of Attorneys General meeting in Seattle.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker attends the North Temple redevelopment conference, meets with Chief of Staff David Everitt and Senior Advisor Ben McAdams and later hits budget meetings.
SL Co. Mayor Peter Corroon goes to the Intermountain Heart Institute Challenge kick-off event then attends a Regional Public Works executive committee meeting.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder meets with delegates in Sandy.
President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden, urging Congress to vote to end the billions in taxpayer dollars given to oil companies every year.
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